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2:4:1 Rice

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Recently I received a copy of Adam Liaw’s “Asian After Work”. It’s full of recipes of pan Asian origin that are super tasty and quick to prepare.

I tried out a rice combo idea of brown and white rice mixed with red quinoia and sesame seeds cooked together in the one pot, an idea that really appealed to my liking of textures AND saving dishes!

I changed the proportions to suit the quantities of ingredients in my pantry and also adjusted the cooking times, well, actually I messed up the cooking times because at the end of a long day my comprehension skills were zero. In hindsight though, I think I’d have found the brown rice underdone if I’d followed Adam’s very clear instructions. It’s a fabulous idea to combine these grains and made for a texturally satisfying accompaniment to our meal of tandoori chicken and sweet potato vindaloo.

Here’s what I did to Adam’s “two-to-one rice.”

1/2 cup brown rice
1 cup aged basmati rice
1/4 cup red quinoia
1 heaped tablespoon roasted sesame seeds
3/4 teaspoon sea salt

1 Bring 2 cups of water to the boil with the salt.
2 Throw in the brown rice, cover the pot, reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
3 Stir in the basmati, quinoia and sesame seeds and enough water to raise the level 2cm above the top of the rice.
4 Return the pot to the boil, cover and simmer at the lowest setting for 10 minutes.
5 Turn off the pot but leave the lid in place.
6 Allow the pot to rest for 10 minutes.
7 Remove the lid, fluff the rice with a fork and allow to rest for another 5 minutes before serving.

The rices should maintain their structure, and the quinoia grains should be just beginning to pop.

About ladyredspecs

I wear two blogger hats, food and photos. My inner Melbourne kitchen, the heart of my home, is concurrently art/craft studio, workplace and sweatshop. I am a slave to my cooking passion and to my cameras. My love of good food holds me in a lifetime of bondage, as a cook, a reader, a traveller, an artist and but mostly as an eater. I feel privileged that my sixty years of experiences have mirrored both the cultural homogenization of Australian food and the digital progression of photography. While my love of food is acquired and my creations transient, the artistic genes I inherited and my photographic record permanent. These two loves are a natural yin and yang. I cooked professionally for many years but have no formal training. Simply guided by a love of eating, respect for ingredients, an abhorrence of artificial additives and a good palate, I cook instinctively applying the technical know how acquired by experience. I hope you enjoy what I share Sandra AKA ladyredspecs

11 comments on “2:4:1 Rice

  1. deliciouslynell
    February 6, 2014

    Yum! I absolutely love rice, and that looks delish. :3

  2. Saskia (1=2)
    February 2, 2014

    I really need to invest in an Adam Liaw book. My friends are constantly extolling the virtues of him and his cooking. I’m a big fan of mixed rice combos, and your photo of the ingredients is lovely. My boys love sushi rice mixed with black quinoa, and refer to it as ‘spotty rice’ (I’m preparing a recipe for that as we speak)! Two rice varieties plus quinoa sounds like a fab idea too (and much healthier than my sushi rice combo)…

    • ladyredspecs
      February 2, 2014

      I love rice. This is the first combo I’ve ever made that has been successfully cooked together in the one pot, usually one element turns to mush before the others are done.

  3. saucygander
    January 30, 2014

    Another idea I’ll remember for later, thanks for the recipe!

    • ladyredspecs
      January 31, 2014

      Love to share! It’s a really great combo, makes a nice change to plain steamed rice.

  4. Leah
    January 30, 2014

    yum!

  5. marymtf
    January 30, 2014

    Sounds lovely. How many would it feed?

    • ladyredspecs
      January 30, 2014

      Four generous serves as an accompaniment. My other half has a huge appetite, and he’s skinny as a rake! I find it difficult to say how many regular people my food will serve. It did us one dinner (2pax) and leftovers for one the next day.

  6. Transplanted Cook
    January 29, 2014

    I love the idea of this – mixing rices, grains and seeds. Will need to experiment! I sometimes mix my rice with orzo cooked in a broth with saut├ęd shallots.

    • ladyredspecs
      January 30, 2014

      I like the idea too, it was a great mix of textures

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