Monday, May 7, 2007

坊太与你: Herbed Butter Rice

This is a very appropriate dish for potluck, as it goes well with almost anything. I made this as a carbohydrate dish in a BBQ party last Friday and received several favourable responses. It gives an exotic taste but the ingredients used are rather oriental. I simply used up some pandan leaves and kaffir lime leaves from my garden and voila!

Herbed Butter Rice

2 cups long grain rice, washed and drained
1 tbsp butter or margarine
1 tbsp oil
1 big yellow onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 cups water
1 lemongrass, smashed
2 pandan leaves, shredded and knotted
½ cup raisins
5 kaffir lime leaves, finely shredded

1 tsp instant chicken bouillon granules
1 tsp sugar
2 tsp fish sauce
Generous dash of pepper
½ tsp salt to taste

Chopped spring onion (I used chopped chives to give a more exotic flavour)

Yield: feeds 4 person

1. Heat up butter and oil in a wok.
2. Toss in garlic and onion and fry till they are soft.
3. Add in lemongrass and pandan leaves. Cook for about 1 min with constant stir.
4. Stir in rice and seasoning. Mix well to combine (ensure that the rice is cover with a layer of oil).
5. Dish the rice mixture into the electric rice cooker and add in water. Cook the rice as usual.
6. When rice is almost cooked and dry, add in the raisins and kaffir lime leaves. Stir well to mix.
7. Continue to cook the rice till it's fully cooked.
8. Sprinkle some chopped chives on top of rice before serving.

Elmo didn't get to taste this heavenly dish as it contains onion (due to the toxic ingredient thiosulphate) which can be harmful to dogs. But he didn't seem to mind as I compensated him with a hard-boiled egg. *wink*


pik lay said...

Not bad the rice

rukawa said...

wah, got share secret recipe here one ar :)

Fang Fang said...

good thing must share ma :D

vivien said...

when can we try rissoto?

Fang Fang said...

hehe it's hard to get the rice for risotto in malaysia. perhaps i will try to make cous cous instead. i know Cold Storage is selling that. :D

vivien said...

aha, i try your recipe, i modify it using herbs like oregano, sage, rosemary, marjoram, and basil. adding black mushroom and tomatoes.

Fang Fang said...

haha... you had altered the whole thing from eastern to western. :D
but it's still herbed butter rice though, just different kinda herb.:p

i still have some frozen left-over sage in my freezer, hmmm what can i do with them. any suggestion?

vivien said...

STEW !!! :-D

pik lay said...

I dunno what is this sage thing.. I only remember u made pasta from it before. OK la Stew la.. as VV sugested

Fang Fang said...

pik lay you are really a sensitive person la..

actually i dislike sage one haha.. cause it's bitter, only a small amount can be used at one time. oregano and basil is still my all time favourite. :D