Healthy Flavoured Rice

Rice is a staple side in our household. As curry and stir-fry lovers I’d say I cook rice 4-5 times per week. However, plain rice can get a little bland so here are four of my tried and tested favourite flavoured rice alternatives- Garlic, Kaffir Lime, Coconut, Kimchi.

Garlic Rice

Method: Place 2-4 cloves garlic, 20g butter, the zest of a lemon and a drizzle of olive oil in a saucepan and cook for 2 minutes or until fragrant. Add 1 cube of masses vegetable stock, 1 cup of basmati rice and 1 1/2 cups water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and cover with a lid for 10 minutes. Turn the heat off and keep covered for another 10 minutes before serving.

Kaffir Lime Rice

Method: Place 1 1/2 cups of water, 1 cup of basmati rice and 2 kaffir lime leaves in a saucepan. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and cover with a lid for 10 minutes. Turn the heat off and keep covered for another 10 minutes before serving.

Coconut Rice

Method: Place 2 cups of rice, 1 1/2 cups coconut cream and 2 1/2 cups of water in a saucepan. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and cover with a lid for 10 minutes. Turn the heat off and keep covered for another 10 minutes before serving.

Kimchi Rice

Method: Heat a wok over high heat. Add oil and swirl to coat. Add 1 carrot and stir-fry for 3 minutes or until just tender. Add left over rice, 1 cup frozen peas and 1 cup kimchi, then stir-fry for a further 3 minutes or until heated through. Add 2 tbs soy, then stir-fry for 1 minute or until rice is coated. Stir in 3 spring onions. Serve with your choice of meat or a fried egg.

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