I love rice because its so versatile and it can be turned into any cuisine just with a few extra ingredients. It is also perfect if you are cooking meals for one. Make a double portion and save half for the next night different flavour. You may be like me and no expert at cooking rice, I do try and I have a pot to help me.
However my go to rice is the microwave rice, I know but it saves so much time and mess. The Sainsbury’s home brand rice pushes are only around 60p a much and perfect for a cheap dinner idea. I only ever buy the plain rice and then add my own flavouring to the rice. Nothing better than cheap rice dishes to bring a smile to the face.
- 1 bag of microwave rice
- 1 onion sliced
- handful of sliced almonds
- 1 clove of garlic thinly sliced (more if you love garlic)
- 4 button mushrooms
- knob of butter
- 3 cardamon pods
First precook the microwave rice and remove from the bag into a bowl and fluff with a fork. Allow to cool
Now in a frying pan heat some oil and a knob of butter on a medium heat
Add the onions and cook until the edges are getting brown
Now add the almonds for a few minutes
Then add your sliced garlic and fry for about 30 seconds
place the chopped mushroom sin the pan and turn the heat down a little so the garlic doesn't burn (you could add more butter at this stage as it gives the mushrooms a luxurious flavour)
Once the mushrooms are about cooked add the ground cardamom seeds and thoroughly stir through the ingredients
Finally add the rice to warm through and take on the flavours so just turn the heat up a little
serve on its own or with what ever you fancy You could serve it with my garlic and coriander naan bread
A New Cheap Rice Dish
So I have made a few different dishes from my microwave rice and I just fancied something a little different. To take a break from my SEO work and the computer screen I often wonder around supermarkets. I am sure the staff in these places think I am little strange now but it serves 3 purposes.
The first one is the break for my eyes, the next is for inspiration as I look what the ingredients and pre packed meals for ideas. Oh no I rarely/ never buy pre cooked meals jus the ideas and the ingredients on the packaging. The third reason is looking for those reduced bargains so I can put them in the freezer for my cheap dinner ideas.
I Fancied Some Indian Rice
I have just googled the ingredients to ensure there isn’t an exact match to what I did. When I invent a new dish I just think about all the tastes I like in that style of cooking. Yes I am bound to have eaten some similar recipes or even read them before. If there is any complete copy of a recipe it is unintentional and just a coincidence of my memories.
So for this Indian rice I wanted some slightly crispy onions in there and some toasted almonds. The next ingredient was some thinly sliced garlic browned but not burnt. I had mushrooms in the fridge that needed using so obviously they were going in. Just one more ingredient to give it that Indian rice edge, I was thinking turmeric but decided against it. Then after going through the cupboards I found the perfect spice, green cardamon. I broke open the green shells and popped the seeds into the rice. Yes I should have ground them up first, I realise that now. I was just to eager to get it in my tummy.
Indian Style Rice And
I had some chicken left from the other day so I just added a spicy satay to it, I know not exactly Indian but at the time it was yum. After all it was only about the Indian rice that I wanted to eat, simple clean flavours. Nice texture contrast between the crispy onions, almonds with the soft rice.