I’m sorry that the following post will be shorter than normally. I love to share things about food with you, but I just came home from work (it’s 1AM) and I’m exhausted… But since I haven’t updated anything yesterday I felt the need to take a little time to write. Oh, I miss those times already, when I had all the time in the world to do whatever I want!
But now, to food! The first time I am posting here something that I didn’t cook myself. All the credit for this delicious side dish goes to my better half S. He prepared the dish and I only came to the ready table to photograph, and to eat. This South African rice was totally worth a try, something different. Brazilians are huge rice lovers and they eat it a lot, with everything (even with mashed potatoes - carbs on carbs, eh). I’m happy S came up with a rice dish that was also new to him. I love cinnamon and I have used it in cooking when preparing some North African dishes. It worked here as well.
Unfortunately I cannot refer to the original recipe, as we are not sure where it was found. But with quick googling I could see all the recipes for this dish are quite similar.
South African Yellow Rice
3dl long-grain rice
1/2 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter
big handful of seedless raisins
1 small cinnamon stick
2cm piece of lemon peel, yellow part only
Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add in water all ingredients except the rice, raisins and butter. Simmer until sugar is completely dissolved, stirring constantly.
Melt butter in another, large saucepan. Add rice and cook stirring, until all the grains are shiny and covered in butter.
Pour the water with spices over the rice, season with salt and pepper and cook rice until tender.
When the rice is cooked, remove from heat and let stand covered for 10 minutes. Remove the lemon peel and cinnamon stick, fluff the rice with a fork.
Add the raisins, mix well, pour into a serving dish and garnish with a beautiful cinnamon stick. Serve hot.
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