Green Savoury Rice


This simple savoury rice dish  is kid’s favourite which tastes great on it’s own or accompanied with any side dish. Not only has it got a good texture, but also an appealing shape in the form of a dome; kids love it and so do grown-up’s, indeed. I got the inspiration for rice dishes from the Japanese: they turned boiled rice into various forms, while making the presentation as important as the taste. This is how you prepare it in order to get the above:

You will need:

 Basmati Rice 1 cup
Leeks- stem and green both parts / a bunch of spring onions 1 long stem
Garlic 5 cloves
Butter 2  tbsp
Fish sauce 1 tbsp
Frozen peas 3 tbsp
Salt to taste
A pinch of turmeric/saffron for colour

Let’s make it :

  • Wash and soak the rice in cold water for about 20 mins.
  • Drain  water and fill with fresh water  just above the level of rice.
  • Mix salt , turmeric/saffron and a few drops of olive oil to keep the rice grains apart once cooked.
  • Cover and cook under medium heat. Once cooked, open the lid, fluff up the rice and let the steam escape.
  • Meanwhile, heat butter in a wok.
  • Add garlic pieces and slightly brown them.
  • Add white stems of leeks first and stir fry for 1min.
  • Then add the green part of leeks and green peas. ( place the frozen green peas in the microwave with a little water and heat up for 1 -2 mins to thaw them)
  • Add fish sauce, three pinches of salt and stir fry another minute or two.
  • Now add cooked rice in batches while mixing.
  • Check for salt and add if needed more.
  • Your green savoury rice is ready to serve now.
  • Fill up rice in to a dessert cup and press down slightly. Now place gently on a plate upside down, give a little shake and lift up slowly.
  • A dome of green savoury rice will now be sitting prettily in the middle of your plate.


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