As someone who is trying to avoid gluten, I eat a lot of rice. I eat brown rice cakes, brown rice pasta, and use brown rice flour in baking. Brown rice is a frequent side dish also! I like rice – it has quality carbohydrates that give me energy to chase after two kids and helps to fuel my runs. And it does so without hurting my stomach, as wheat tends to do.
A couple days ago I tried a new rice dish and I have coined it “The World’s Yummiest Rice”. Both my kids loved it and so did my husband and brother-in-law, so it’s not one of those crazy healthy dishes that I love, but no one else does. This has mainstream appeal! I wanted to take a picture of it, but we ate it all up before I had a chance!
It contains delicious Indian spices and the secret ingredient is coconut milk. The coconut milk makes it creamy and satisfying. You’ve got to try this!
Recipe – The World’s Yummiest Rice – Fragrant Indian Brown Rice with Coconut Milk (based on Marni Wasserman’s recipe)
Makes 8-10 servings, 15 minutes prep time, 45 minutes cook time
2 cups brown rice
1.5 tsp cumin
2 tbsp grapeseed or coconut oil
2 medium onions, diced
4 large cloves garlic, sliced
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp whole cloves
1 tbsp grated ginger
1 tsp salt
1 tsp tumeric
1.5 tbsp garam msala
1 can coconut milk (398 mL)
3.5 cups water
1/2 cup raisins (optional)
1. Add oil, onion, garlic, cumin, cloves and ginger to a large pot. Set heat to medium. Stir. Add in the tumeric and garam masala, and saute until onions become soft and translucent. Stir often.
2. Add the rice, water and coconut milk. Bring to a boil and simmer covered over low heat for 45 minutes.
3. When the rice is cooked and liquid has been absorbed, add the raisins. Stir well. Remove cinnamon stick. Serve and enjoy!
Note about amount of liquid – different rice may require different amounts of liquid. Follow the directions on your bag if they differ from what mentioned above. Factor in the coconut milk and reduce water as necessary. For example, the rice I had said 2 cups of rice and 5 cups of water. So I used just under 3.5 cups of water and 1 can (or 1.5 cups) of coconut milk. Check the rice at around 35 or 40 minutes to see if you need to add more liquid.