Pan Roasted Bass with Tropical Mango Salsa and Coconut Cilantro Rice

April 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

Ger-Nis Herb Chili Pepper
1 tangerine
4 4-ounce bass fillets, skin on (no more than two inches thick)
Avocado oil or olive oil
1 cup fresh pineapple, cubed small
1 cup ripe but firm mango, cubed small
¼ cup red bell pepper, chopped small
¼ cup red onion, chopped fine
¼ cup green onions, sliced thin
¼ cup cilantro
Juice of 2 limes
2 teaspoons green chilies, deseeded and chopped fine
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon salt
Coconut Cilantro Rice (recipe follows)

Directions

Season both sides of the sea bass with the Chili Herb Black Pepper and drizzle with a little tangerine juice and let sit until room temperature. Heat the oil in a skillet to medium high heat. Place the fish pieces skin side up in the hot pan and cook for about 3 minutes, making sure not to disturb or flip too early. Flip after three minutes and cook for another 4 minutes. Place some coconut cilantro rice on a plate and lay the cooked fish on top (skin side down). Spoon some of the tropical salsa over the top.

Coconut Cilantro Rice

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 cups long white rice
2 cups coconut milk
2 cups water
2 tablespoos sugar
1 teaspoon Ger-Nis Chili Herb Pepper
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped fine

Directions

Combine all the ingredients, except the cilantro, into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling cover and reduce to a low temperature. Simmer covered for about 20 minutes and then remove from heat and leave covered and let stand 5-8 minutes. Add the cilantro and mix, fluffing with a fork before serving.

Coconut Cilantro Rice

April 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 cups long white rice
2 cups coconut milk
2 cups water
2 tablespoos sugar
1 teaspoon Ger-Nis Chili Herb Pepper
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped fine

Directions

Combine all the ingredients, except the cilantro, into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling cover and reduce to a low temperature. Simmer covered for about 20 minutes and then remove from heat and leave covered and let stand 5-8 minutes. Add the cilantro and mix, fluffing with a fork before serving.

Khichdi

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredient

1 cup small split yellow dal, pre-soak for 30 minutes
1 cup of rice
2 tablespoon ghee (clarified butter)
1 tablespoon of cumin seeds
½ teaspoon of asafetida (Kayam) powder (found at specialty Indian store)
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 small piece of ginger, grated
2 green chilies, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
4 whole black peppercorns
4 whole cloves
1 red potato, small dice
1 medium onion, small dice
½ cup of green Indian peas or frozen green peas
4 cups of water
Salt to taste

Directions

Wash and soak the split yellow gram and rice together for 15 minutes. Drain till water is clear. Heat the water until it is boiling and keep aside. On medium heat, add ghee in a large heavy pot (cast iron will work) until the hot. Add the cumin seeds and let them splutter. Add the asafetida, turmeric, ginger, peppercorns and cloves. Stir for a minute or till fragrant. Be careful not to burn the mixture. Add potatoes and onion with salt. Cook until onions become translucent. Add the split yellow gram and rice, mix well. Add peas at the very end. Add the hot water to this and bring to a boil. Cover and keep on low heat for 25 minutes or till the mixture is slightly mushy. Taste to make sure dal is cooked all the way.

Khichdi is traditionally cooked in a pressure cooker which is much faster. If you happen to have one, in the last step after adding all the ingredients, cover and bring to maximum pressure on high heat. Pressure cook on high heat for 4 whistles. Put off the flame and set aside till all the steam escapes.

*Recipe Property of Palak Patel

Arroz con Coco

May 27th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 cups long white rice
2 cups coconut milk
2 cups water
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Combine all the ingredients into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling cover and reduce to a low temperature. Simmer covered for about 20 minutes and then remove from heat and leave covered and let stand about 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork before serving.

Pork Fried Rice

May 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-5

Ingredients

Oil (sesame, canola or peanut)
1 pound pork loin, cut into small ½-inch cubes
Flour for dusting pork
Salt/pepper
2 carrots, chopped small (diced)
1 red bell pepper, chopped small
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 tablespoons ginger, chopped fine
4 scallions, sliced
4 cups rice, cooked and cold
Soy sauce
Sriracha or sambal (optional)
2 eggs, beaten

Directions

Heat up a tablespoon of oil in a large sauté pan or a wok to a high heat. Toss pork with seasoned flour (salt and pepper). Cook pork until no longer raw in the center, 1-2 minutes. Remove pork and add carrots. Cook for 1 minute. Then add in pepper, toss together and add in ginger, garlic, and scallions. Sauté for about 1 minute and add rice. Toss everything together and start to season with soy sauce (and Sriracha or Sambal for some heat). With a wooden spoon, form a well in the center of the rice and add the eggs. Let the eggs fry in the center for about 1 minute while mixing it with the spoon. Fold egg into rice and serve immediately.

Shrimp & Asparagus Risotto with Parsley Chive Salt Butter

May 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 cup fish stock
1½ cups asparagus stock (made from the asparagus ends and water)
1½ cups asparagus spears (about 1½ bunches)
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 medium shallots, chopped fine
1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 cup long grain brown rice
½ white wine
1 cup grated parmesan
Parsley Chive Salt Butter (recipe follows)

Directions

In a medium-sized saucepot combine the fish and asparagus broths and heat until warm. Keep simmering on a separate burner while making risotto. Blanch the asparagus tips in the simmering water for 2-3 minutes, remove and place in an ice bath. Set aside. In a separate medium saucepot, heat butter and olive oil to a medium heat and add shallots. Cook shallots until translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook until just pink and tender, or about 3-4 minutes. Remove and set aside. add the rice and white wine and stir well. Cook for about 2-3 minutes. Next, add 1 cup liquid, reduce liquid and then add another ½ cup liquid every 7 minutes or so until rice is almost cooked through, about 30 minutes. Add the shrimp and asparagus spears to re-warm, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat, and finish with the parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper and place about a tablespoon of parsley-chive butter onto each serving.


Parsley-Chive Butter

Makes ½ cup butter

Ingredients

13 cup butter, softened
2 cloves garlic, chopped superfine
1 medium yellow onion
1 shallot, chopped superfine
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped fine
1 teaspoon maldon salt

Directions

In a small mixing bowl combine all of the ingredients and mix well until a smooth butter paste is formed, making sure all the ingredients are well incorporated. Place the mixed butter on a small sheet of parchment paper or plastic wrap and roll into a tight log. Place in refrigerator to solidify.

Nacatamales (Nicaraguan Tamales)

May 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 15 tamales (large)

Nacatamales are similar to Mexican tamales but they are quite large and filled with a potato, rice, corn, vegetable and herb mixture and are typically served on holidays and special occasions. This recipe makes ½ size portions of the traditional tamale.

Ingredients

For the tamale dough

2 cups masa harina
2 cups pork stock, reserved from poached pork
½ cup lard
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lime zest

For the filling

1 pound pork butt cubed (about 1 inch cubes)
1 medium red onion, sliced thin
1 medium green bell pepper, sliced thin
2 medium tomatoes, chopped medium
1 cup fresh corn, chopped fine
½ cup long grain rice, cooked al dente
3 potatoes, 1-inch cubes (about 1½ cups)
½ cup fresh mint, chopped fine
½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine
Juice of 3 limes
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon hot sauce of choice
Salt
Pepper
Banana leaf squares

Directions

For the tamale dough

In a large mixing bowl combine the masa harina, lime zest, and 2 cups of the reserved pork liquid. Mix well. In a kitchen aid or with an electric mixer, mix the lard until fluffy or about five minutes. A little at a time mix the lard into the masa harina until fully incorporated. Mix in the baking powder and the salt and mix well. The dough is ready (well mixed) when a small piece of the dough floats in a glass of cold water.

For the filling & assembly

In a large mixing bowl combine the filling ingredients and mix well, making sure the rice is well combined. In the center of each banana, place about 4 tablespoons of masa harina mixture. Flatten with a spoon leaving about 1 inch around each border of the banana leaf. Atop that place about 2 tablespoons meat and vegetable mixture. Fold over the banana leaf like you are folding a present. Tie the wrapped package with banana leaf ties or kitchen twine.

Place the wrapped tamales in a steamer and cover the top of the tamales with a kitchen towel (to prevent drips from making tamales soggy). Steam tamales on medium heat for about 45-60 minutes or until soft and cooked through.

Gallo Pintos

May 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

3 tablespoons lard or canola oil
1 medium white onion, chopped fine
2 cups cooked black beans, drained but cooking liquid reserved
2 cups long grain rice, cooked
Salt
¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped fine (optional)

Directions

In a large skillet, heat oil to medium, add onions and sauté until edges start to brown or about 5 minutes. Add the beans and stir well, continuing to sauté beans. Add about ½ cup of the bean liquid and cook down to about half. Add the rice and mix well, making sure to get the beans and rice well mixed and stirring constantly so that the mixture does not stick. Season with salt and fresh cilantro, mix well.

Horracha de Arroz con Mango (Mango Rice Milk)

May 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 12 drinks

Ingredients

2 cups rice
6 cups water
1 cup mango puree
¾ cup sugar
2 teaspoons freshly grated cinnamon
1 fresh vanilla bean

Directions

Soak the rice overnight in the six cups of water. In batches in a blender blend the rice and water mixture until smooth about 2-3 minutes. With a fine mesh strainer, strain the mixture into a large pitcher. Repeat process until all rice mixture is blended and strained. To the pitcher of strained rice milk add the mango puree, sugar, freshly grated cinnamon and the seeds of the inside of the vanilla bean. Mix well and serve over ice.

Laotian Coconut Sweet Rice with Mango

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1 cup of sweet/gluttonous or “sticky” rice
2 cups of coconut milk
¾ cup of refined sugar
1 teaspoon of coconut essence
1 tablespoons grated lemon rind
2 teaspoons rice flour
1 ripe mango, sliced to your preference
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup of toasted coconut shavings

DIRECTIONS

Wash rice three times in cold water, draining after each wash. Then completely soak washed rice in water overnight or for 10 hours.

Place drained rice into a tea cloth and steam it, covered in a “huat” (bamboo steamer) or in a rice-cooker that has a steaming function. Steam for 40 minutes or until the rice is cooked and is chewy/sticky.

In a small saucepan, add 1 cup of coconut milk and sugar. Over very low heat, dissolve the sugar into coconut milk. Do not overcook or let the coconut milk boil. Place aside. Take steamed rice and place into a non-metallic bowl. Pour coconut/sugar mixture over rice, cover and set aside for 30 minutes.

In a small bowl, dissolve rice flour in 18 cup of water. In a small saucepan, over low heat, add 1 cup of coconut milk, salt, coconut essence and dissolved agar (flour mixture). Stir over low heat for 2 minutes. Do not let milk come to a boil. This is your coconut sauce.

After the rice has set for 30 minutes in coconut mixture, place 1 serving of rice (¼ to ½ cup of rice) alongside sliced mango. Drizzle coconut sauce over rice only. Sprinkle grated lemon rind and toasted coconut shavings over rice. Enjoy!

*Tip: Adjust the sweetness by drizzling simple syrup (2 parts sugar, 1 part water, dissolved over low heat) over plated rice before pouring coconut sauce over rice.

© Recipe Property of John Vang

Tamarind Rice

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon plus 1½ teaspoons tamarind concentrate
½ cup warm water
3 tablespoons canola oil
½ cup unsalted peanuts (preferably unroasted), roughly chopped
1 tablespoon mustard seeds
16 curry leaves, roughly torn (optional)
6 dried red chiles (optional)
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
¾ teaspoon turmeric
1 large red onion, quartered and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons Sambhaar, or 1 teaspoon curry powder
7 cups cooked basmati rice, drained, spread out on a baking sheet, and cooled to room temperature

DIRECTIONS

Place the tamarind in a small bowl, and pour the warm water over it. Whisk together until the tamarind is completely dissolved, and set aside.

Heat the oil, peanuts, and mustard seeds in a large skillet or pot over medium-high heat until the mustard seeds begin to pop, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the curry leaves, chiles, cumin, turmeric, and cook until the peanuts are golden, about 1½ minutes. Add the onion, salt, and Sambhaar, and cook until the onion is soft, 4 to 5 minutes, stirring often (if the onion begins to burn, turn the heat down). Add the tamarind water, and cook until the water is evaporated, stirring often, for about 2 minutes.

Stir in the rice, and cook until the rice is hot, about 2 minutes (if the rice was in the fridge it will take an extra 2 to 4 minutes to warm up), stirring once or twice to make sure nothing burns at the bottom of the pan. Taste for seasoning, and serve.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Cardamom-scented Rice Cream with Saffron Drizzle (Firni)

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

5 cups cold water
¼ cup raw basmati rice
4 cups half-and-half
¾ cups sugar
6 whole cardamom pods, seeds removed and ground (or 13 teaspoon ground cardamom)
½ teaspoon saffron threads
2 tablespoons heavy cream

DIRECTIONS

Combine the water and rice in a large bowl, and let the rice soak overnight. The next day, transfer ¼ cup of the rice water to a blender. Drain the remaining water from the rice, and place the rice in the blender. Grind the rice as finely as possible, scraping down the sides of the blender jar as necessary.

Bring the half-and-half to a simmer in a large heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add 1 cup of the half-and-half to the blender, and pulse to release some steam; then, blend for 10 seconds to combine. Transfer the contents of the blender to the saucepan, and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low, and stir constantly until the rice cream is as thick as a thin pudding and a trail can be made through the cream on the back of a spoon, 16 to 18 minutes (if the mixture foams up in the saucepan, remove the saucepan from the heat for a few seconds, reduce the heat, and continue to cook). Remove the saucepan from the heat, and stir in the sugar and cardamom. Divide between 6 small glasses or ramekins, and cool to room temperature. Cover each glass or dish with plastic wrap pressed directly onto the surface, and chill at least 4 hours or up to 1 day.

Place the saffron in a small skillet, and toast over low heat until the saffron threads are fragrant and darker in color, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl or to a mortar to cool, and then grind with the back of a teaspoon or with a pestle until powder-fine. Add the heavy cream. Drizzle some saffron sauce over each serving, and serve immediately or chill up to 4 hours.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Paella Valenciana

November 22nd, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 large Paella, Serves 8

Paella Valenciana is essentially the mother to all other forms of paella. Authentic Paella Valenciana is hard to find, but, when you do, you will find it to be as exquisite as paella gets. You can omit the snails in this recipe, but the paella will not be authentic. You can find the snails in cans at most specialty grocery stores.

INGREDIENTS

20 snails
Coarse salt
Spanish olive oil
3-5 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 chicken thighs, boneless, skinless, chopped
1 can (28 ounces) peeled whole tomatoes
1 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika
2 cups green beans, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
¼ cup fresh rosemary, chopped
¼ cup fresh thyme, chopped
2 cups chicken broth
3 cups water
3 cups Bomba rice (short grain white rice)
A few threads of saffron
2 cups white beans (lima), canned or cooked
Salt and pepper

PREPARATION

Place the snails in a bowl, and sprinkle with coarse salt. Let rest for about 10 minutes. In a paella pan, heat the oil on a medium heat. Add garlic and onions, and sauté until translucent, about 3-4 minutes. Add the chicken, and sauté until chicken is just about cooked through. Add tomatoes, making sure to crush them between your fingers so they break apart, and add paprika. Stir. Add green beans, fresh herbs, chicken broth, and water. Add rice and saffron. Bring to a boil. Season with salt and pepper.

Once the paella is brought to a boil, reduce to low heat, and cook uncovered for about 10-15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the beans and snails, and cook another 15 minutes, stirring gently every 5 minutes. Make sure the burner is on low heat and that the liquid is simmering gently. Once the rice is cooked, take off heat and cover. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Ginger Brown Rice Coconut Milk Mango Risotto

November 9th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons butter
1 cup fresh mango, peeled and cubed
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
1 cup short-grain brown rice, rinsed
1 cup coconut milk
2 cups milk, warmed
1 vanilla bean, split
¼ cup shredded coconut

PREPARATION

In a medium-size saucepot over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter and add mango and ginger, sauté for a few minutes. Then add brown rice, cook stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add coconut milk, milk and vanilla bean. Turn the heat to high, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender and liquid is reduced, creamy and thick, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a separate small sauté pan, add coconut and toast until golden brown.

To serve, spoon risotto into bowls and garnish with toasted coconut.

Herbed Beet Greens and Gorgonzola Risotto

November 9th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

3 cups water
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
Tops of 2 bunches of beets, chopped, stems included
1 cup Arborio rice
¼ cup fresh thyme leaves, chopped
1 cup red wine
¼ cup gorgonzola cheese, buttermilk blue, crumbled
Walnuts, toasted, for garnic

PREPARATION

In a medium sized saucepot heat water until warm and keep simmering while making risotto. In a separate saucepot, sauté garlic in butter and olive oil over medium heat until fragrant, 1 minute. Add beets stems and cook, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add the rice and thyme leaves, cook, stirring constantly, 1 minute. Add the wine and cook, stirring constantly until wine is absorbed, add 1 cup of water, continue cooking and adding water, add another ½ cup liquid every 7 minutes or so until rice is cooked through and tender, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat and add gorgonzola cheese and mix. Garnish with walnuts and serve immediately.

Spinach and Fresh Herb Risotto

November 9th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 cups water
1 cup vegetable broth
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1½ cups baby spinach
½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
½ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh marjoran, chopped
1½ cup Arborio rice
1 cup white wine
1 tablespoon butter
¼ cup Asiago cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste

PREPARATION

In a medium sized saucepot heat water and vegetable broth until warm and simmer while making risotto. In a separate large saucepot, sauté onions and garlic in oil until translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add spinach and herbs and sauté, 1 to 2 minutes. Then add rice, cook stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Next add white wine and reduce until rice absorbs all the liquid, 3 to 5 minutes. Next, add ½ cup liquid, reduce liquid and then add another ½ cup liquid every 7 minutes or so until rice is cooked through and tender, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat, finish with butter and cheese and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Pumpkin Sage Risotto

November 9th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1¾ cups chicken broth
1¾ cups water
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
¼ cup fresh sage leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon sugar
2 cups fresh pumpkin, peeled and seeded, cut into ¼-inch cubes
¾ cup Arborio rice
½ cup Parmesan Reggiano, grated
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
Freshly grated nutmeg
Salt and pepper, to taste

PREPARATION

In a medium sized saucepot heat chicken broth and water until warm and simmer while making risotto. In a separate large saucepot, sauté onion in oil until translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add sage, sugar and pumpkin. Then add rice, cook stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Next, add 1 cup liquid, reduce liquid and then add another ½ cup liquid every 7 minutes or so until rice is cooked through and tender, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat, and finish with cheese, butter, grated nutmeg and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Lomo Saltado

October 14th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 (or 1 for Gustav!)

INGREDIENTS

1½ pounds potatoes, cut into wedges, pre toasted (fries)
Vegetable oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped
2 medium red onions, halved and sliced
1 pound beef, sliced into strips (sirloin or flank work best)
2 medium red bell peppers, cut into strips
3 plum tomatoes, chopped
¼ cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
Salt & pepper
Rice (pre cooked)

PREPARATION

Stir fry the vegetables and meat and add sauce. Add fries and serve with rice!

Lomo Saltado

Leaf-Wrapped Rice and Banana Bundles

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Khao Tom Mat (Thailand)
Serves 4 to 8 (makes 8 dumplings)

INGREDIENTS

For the Rice Mixture

¼ cup dried black turtle beans, soaked in plenty of water for 6 to 8 hours or ½ cup canned, drained and rinsed
3 pandan leaves, each folded in half and tied into a knot for easier handling, or ¼ teaspoon pandan extract
½ cup fresh coconut milk or canned coconut milk
¼ cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup medium-grain sweet (glutinous) white rice, preferably from Thailand, rinsed and soaked in plenty of water for 6 to 8 hours

For the Filling

2 very ripe bananas

For Assembly

Eight 8-inch prepared banana-leaf squares
Eight 6-inch prepared banana-leaf squares
Eight 36-inch lengths of kitchen string for tying the khao tom mat

PREPARATION

1. Cook the Beans 1½ to 2 Hours in Advance: (Skip this step if using canned black turtle beans.) Drain the black turtle beans and place them in a small saucepan. Cover the beans with plenty of water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer until the beans are tender, 1 to 1½ hours. Drain and place in a small bowl to cool.

2. Cook the Rice: Place the knotted pandan leaves in a small pot. Pour in the coconut milk and stir in the sugar and salt. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Immediately cover, reduce the heat to very low, and barely simmer for 15 minutes. If using fresh coconut milk, be careful not to let it come to a boil.

3. Drain the rice. Remove the pandan leaves from the coconut milk and discard. Raise the heat from very low to low, mix in the rice, cover, and simmer for 3 minutes. Uncover and stir the rice until most of the liquid has been absorbed, 1 to 2 minutes. Scoop into a bowl, mix in the beans, and set aside to cool. The rice will be firm and
undercooked.

4. Assemble the Dumplings: Line a tray with a kitchen towel and have ready the rice mixture, bananas, bananaleaf squares, and the ties.

5. Peel the bananas and split each one into 4 equal pieces by cutting them both crosswise and lengthwise. You will have 8 banana slices.

6. Lay flat 1 large banana-leaf square, smooth side up, then place a smaller leaf square, smooth side up, diagonally on top of the large square. Center 2 rounded tablespoons of the rice mixture on top of the stacked leaves and spread it out into a 4 x 2-inch rectangle. Gently press a piece of banana into the rice mixture. The length of the banana should not be longer than the 4-inch length of the rice rectangle. Top with 1 tablespoon of the rice mixture. Fold over one corner of the stacked leaves. Fold over the opposite corner. Fold the ends of the leaves over as firmly as you can to create a neat, rectangular package. Tie to secure the folds, place the package on the lined tray, and repeat until you have 8 packages.

7. Steam the Dumplings: Remove the basket from the steamer pot, add 2 inches of water to the pot, and bring to a boil over high heat. Arrange the packages in the basket, then place the basket in the pot. Cover, reduce the heat to medium, and steam for 1 hour. Check the water level halfway through the cooking and replenish with boiling water as needed.

8. Remove the pot from the heat. Carefully remove the basket and place it on a folded kitchen towel. Let the khao tom mat cool slightly, cut off the strings (unless you are freezing the dumplings), and serve. They can also be served at room temperature. It’s best not to open the packages too soon, and to peel back the leaves just before eating so they stay moist and warm. Khao tom mat can be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen (unopened) for up to 6 months. Reheat them in a steamer pot or use the Steamer Plate Setup. If reheating frozen khao tom mat, allow them to thaw before steaming.

© Recipe courtesy of Wai Hon Chu

Leaf-Wrapped Rice and Banana Bundles

Arancini Rice Balls with Ricotta Cheese

August 5th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

A traditional Sicilian snack, these mini rice balls are golden and delicious!
Makes 20 rice balls

INGREDIENTS

2 cups leftover risotto rice
2 tablespoons fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped fine
½ cup ricotta cheese
2 tablespoons freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese
All-purpose flour, for dredging
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup fine, dry breadcrumbs

PREPARATION

In a medium sized bowl mix leftover risotto rice with fresh parsley. In a separate small bowl, combine ricotta and pecorino cheeses and set aside. Put 2 tablespoons of the rice mixture in your moistened palm and make a small indentation in the center of the mound and fill it with about 1 teaspoon of the ricotta mixture. Fold the rice around the filling to enclose it and pat the rice into an oval. Repeat with the remaining rice and ricotta.

In a medium saucepan, heat 2 inches of olive oil to 300°. Set a rack over a large baking sheet. Put the flour, eggs and bread crumbs in 3 shallow bowls. Dredge the rice balls in the flour, shaking off any excess, next dip in egg and then coat with the bread crumbs. Deep-fry 5 ovals at a time until golden brown, about 2 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer the rice balls onto paper towels to drain while you fry the rest. Serve hot or warm.

Lemon Mint Rice

October 21st, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

zest of one lemon
1 bunch of chopped green onions
2 tablespoons of chopped fresh mint
1 cup of jasmine rice
juice of one lemon

PREPARATION

Saute the zest of one lemon, one bunch of chopped green onions and two tablespoons of chopped fresh mint in a pan with olive oil for a few minutes. Add one cup of jasmine rice and sauté for another few minutes. Add the juice of one lemon, mix 1 ¾ cup of water, bring the water to a boil and cover and simmer for about thirty minutes or until the water is all absorbed by the rice. Fluff and serve with chicken, fish, or vegetables.

Lemon Balm Rice

October 14th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 2 Servings

INGREDIENTS

½ c lemon balm chiffonaded
1 c bamati rice
2 c water
1 tsp salt

PREPARATION

Add all ingredients in a pan, bring to boil, reduce and simmer covered for about  20 -30 minutes until all water is gone and rice is soft and fluffy.  Take off heat and fluff with fork.  Excellent accompaniment for fish.

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