Its been quite sometime now since I started brown rice. And let me tell you the transfer has not been easy. Those who are used to eating soft white rice dotted with pure ghee will tell you why.
Perfectly steamed gorgeously white rice is what it is because of what it is. Brown rice pales in front of it, literally. But I am girl on a mission. Mission to curb my growing waistline and lose some serious weight. So naturally I shun the shiny rice and ghee. Adopt the brown version and…my dal rice has never tasted the same again.
I had to love what I embraced or I would be running back to my ex. So began my tryst with the healthier grain. Looking for ways to improvise it, I have tried innumerable options.
Sautéing mushrooms and zucchini in some thai red curry paste and throwing in brown rice, seemed like a bit of an experiment. But what an attempt! That bowl was supposedly my lunch, but he and she took great big bites and kept asking for more. Now that’s a good way to rate my dishes, don’t you think?
- 1 cup brown rice, cooked.
- 1 medium sized onion, sliced thinly
- 3 tbsp red curry paste
- 1/2 tsp soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp vinegar
- 3/4 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced thinly
- 1/4 cup zucchini, sliced thinly
- 3 tbsp paneer small cubed
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tsp olive oil or any oil you wish
- basil leaves and coriander leaves to garnish
In a large skillet, heat oil. Saute garlic and onions till pink. Mix in the red curry paste. Fry till oil leaves the sides. Throw in the mushrooms and zucchini. Cover and cook till almost done. Mix in the brown rice along with soy and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Mix well. Garnish with cubed paneer, basil and cilantro leaves.
Best with something cold to sip on.
Note: Use any vegetable you like, carrots, broccoli, beans ..
Note: Instead of paneer, boiled soy Nutrela nuggets taste great.
Note: Adjust the quantity of red curry paste according to the heat you can take.
Note: Boiling brown rice has been a continuous trial and error process with me. One of the recent methods and almost close to getting perfectly cooked rice is to soak the rice well for at least 2 hours, and then cook in a large pot of salted boiling water. Once the rice is cooked, strain the excess water and use.
If you have any more ideas to deal with brown rice, please holler. I am listening.
This is my entry to Angie’s Friday Fiesta #25. Sneak in to see some gorgeous recipes here. You will thank me for sure.