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RECIPE:
Rice Delight: Vegetable Pilau


Rice is the staple in many places in India. Here’s a quick recipe that’s a meal in itself, from the kitchen of Chef Sanjay Patel.


(Above): Vegetable Pilau [SILICONEER photo]

Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup rice, brown long-grain
  • Sea salt to taste
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 2 oz green beans, fresh
  • 1 small carrot
  • 1/3 cup green peas, shelled
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1 piece ginger 1/4 to 1/2 inch
  • 1 small tomato
  • 1 tbsp margarine, vegan
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin ground
  • 1/4 tsp garam masala
  • 1/4 cup almonds, slivered

Method:

Cover the rice with boiling water and leave to soak for several hours.

Drain, rinse, cover with water, add a little salt and turmeric, bring to a boil, then lower heat and cook until the water is absorbed and rice tender, for about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, chop the beans and carrot.

Steam them — and the peas — until just tender.

Drain and set aside.

Chop the onion.

Crush the garlic. Grate the ginger finely. Chop the tomato.

Heat the margarine in a pan and add the onion.

Saute until beginning to brown.

Add the garlic and ginger and cook for a minute longer.

Lower heat and stir in the spices.

Then add the tomato and cook for a minute longer.

Remove from heat and stir in the cooked vegetables.

Place half the cooked rice on the bottom of a greased ovenproof dish, spoon the vegetable mixture over it, then top with the other half of the rice.

Cover the dish and bake it at 350 degrees F (180 C) for about half an hour.

Toast the almonds under a hot grill (broiler) until lightly browned.

When the pilau is ready to serve, sprinkle almonds on top. (See photo)


Sanjay Patel has a degree from the Culinary Institute in Birmingham, U.K., and is certified in food and hygiene. He was named 1996 Chef of the Year by Quality Cuisine, U.K.
Patel is executive chef at Milan restaurant in Milpitas, Calif.



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