Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins
I made this in a cooking class at Leith's in London. It's a very simple rice that always turns out like the rice served in Thai restaurants in London.
- 225 g thai jasmine rice
- 425 ml water
- 1 stalk lemongrass, bruised
- 1 whole red chile
- 2 1⁄2 cm fresh gingerroot, peeled and bruised
- 1 clove garlic, peeled
- Put all the ingredients into a large saucepan and let stand for five minutes.
- Cover the pan and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and cook over a low heat for 10 minutes until the water is absorbed.
- Remove the pan from the heat and allow to stand covered for five further minutes.
- Remove the flavourings, if wished, and pile into a serving dish.
- Serve immediately, while very hot.
Easy and delicious! Nice sticky texture. I was concerned that, because of the ratio of flavorings to rice, the flavor would be too strong, but it was just right. I used a mix of white and brown rice and the family could barely tell that there was brown rice in it (they're slowly coming around to the taste and texture of brown rice :))
Well, I've never been to London, and the Thai restaurants around Boston seem to serve plain Jasmine rice, but I love the idea of seasoning the rice! I use brown jasmine rice, and it did pick up the flavors from the aromatics. I will certainly be doing more of this in the future. I didn't give rating stars because I haven't yet figured out how to cook my rice very well, and I don't like the flavor as much as the white - but that's what our family eats. I also suspect white rice will pick up the flavors even more strongly:-). One thing - I am pretty sure sticky rice and jasmine rice are 2 different rice varieties altogether, and I was not sure which the cooking directions are for. So, anyway, Sackville, thanks for the super-easy idea for flavoring rick!