Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Recipe: savoury rice with peanuts

All amounts are very approximate and the prices are specific to what I used.
Go with what you fancy remembering that this is supposed to be a meal for one.
apf means already paid for.  You will need to add a penny or so if you make this yourself

some spray oil (apf)
half a small onion, peeled and chopped ( 3p)
50g frozen mixed peppers (10p)
a few small mushrooms, wiped and chopped (5p)
a small squidge of garlic puree (2p)
25g frozen peas (2p)
25g frozen corn (3p)
50g rice, well washed to take out most of the starch (7p)  I used basmati (because that's what I have in the cupboard) so it didn't matter too much but if you use ordinary long grain it becomes more important as it's not meant to end up very gloopy!
some chick peas.  Mine were soaked and cooked from dried and then frozen in small pots (10p)
one stock cube - I used chicken which makes the dish non-vegetarian but veg would be fine (3p)
a small portion of salted peanuts (4p)

Spray the onion with a  little veg oil and saute gently until softening and going opaque.  Then add the peppers, mushrooms and garlic and mix well.
Toss in the peas, corn and washed rice and fry gently (add more oil if needed - I didn't need to) until the rice is going opaque.
Add some boiling water (speeds it all up) and crumble over the stock cube.

Bring to a simmer and allow to gently bubble, uncovered, until the rice is cooked.  You will need to keep an eye on it, stir gently from time to time and add more water if it seems to be evaporating too quickly.
When the rice is almost cooked and most of the excess liquid has evaporated, add the chickpeas and mix in gently.  Turn up the heat to bubble nearly all the rest of the liquid but be careful it doesn't catch - keep stirring.

Taste and adjust the seasonings.  I needed a bit more salt.
Spoon into a bowl and sprinkle over the peanuts.  Eat immediately.

This is very easily adapted.  You could use leftover bits of meat, chicken or ham, you could use different pulses, different veg, maybe add some other nuts and/or pineapple.
I added a small splash of soy sauce too but have no idea how to count it in so tough!  :-)

Total for a good portion for one:  49p - less actually because I didn't use all the chick peas but let's call it 49p and have the remaining chick peas as free another day!

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