An ongoing Rice recipe event on a blog site inspired me to do some experiments with rice. I brain stormed a lot and eventually found myself utterly confused whether to make pulao,biryani or fried rice. Tired, I decided to have a green tea to reduce my stress and then it struck me..."rice with tea flavour". A simple steamed basmati rice with green tea flavour appeared a very exciting option and I decided to give it a go.
After all, in Thai cuisine, many dishes are often cooked with delicate flavours like lemon grass, coconut or jasmine. I was inspired.
So here goes my daring experiment with rice..
- 1 Cup Basmati Rice
- 3 Green tea bags
- A few slices ginger
- A cinamon stick
- A pinch cumin seeds
- 1 tbsp orange zest
- 3 tbsp Lemon juice
- Salt as per taste
- 1 tsp Veg oil
- 2 cups Water
- Put the tea bags in 1 cup of hot boiling water for atleast 2 minutes to allow for flavours to come out of tea bags .
- Heat oil in a deep pan with high sides. Add the orange zest, ginger slices and cinamon stick to it. After few seconds, add washed rice to it and mix it very gently.
- Add salt and cumin seeds to it and mix properly.
- Take the tea bags out now and squeeze them properly ensuring the flavours get into the water.
- Pour this tea water into the rice and add 1 cup of extra water in it.
- The ratio is 1 cup rice:2 cups water, though at times you might need to add a little more water towards the end.
- Stir it gently and cook in medium heat till the rice is tender enough, cooked and water is fully absorbed.
- Add some more water if you feel so.
- When the rice is almost 90% cooked, switch off the gas and cover with a lid. Let it get steamed for another few minutes.
- Usually this entire process should take anywhere between 10-18 minutes.
|Amount Per Serving||%DV|
|Serving Size 238g|
|Recipe makes 3 servings|
|Calories from Fat 17||7%|
|Total Fat 1.95g||2%|
|Saturated Fat 0.23g||1%|
|Trans Fat 0.04g|
|Total Carbs 51.01g||14%|
|Dietary Fiber 1.1g||4%|