Monday, June 11, 2012

Gingery Fried Rice with Almonds and Coconut

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Hmm… another recipe with coconuts and almonds are we starting to see a theme?  Well, if the theme is “coconuts and almonds are delicious and nutritious and versatile” then yes! :)

I was doing a refrigerator/freezer cleanout the other night for dinner as I had been cleaning all day and needed to keep dinner simple.  I had about two cups of cooked jasmine rice in the fridge, and a couple of servings of red lentil curry (recipe coming soon) in an easily- defrostable bag in the freezer, and some samosas waiting to be eaten (no I didnt make those… not that savvy yet :) ).

I wanted to gussy up my rice a little and as most of you know, rice is easy to dress up.  My husband is not a big rice an and so the dish really has to have a lot of flavour to get his attention.  This one did, so Im passing it on to you as a definite “win”.

Gingery Fried Rice with Coconut and Almonds
2 cups cooked rice (jasmine or basmati preferably)
2 scallions, white and green parts (or one small onion), diced
One inch cube peeled and mashed ginger root
2 cloves garlic, mashed or finely diced
1/2 of an apple OR 1/2 a cup of raisins
2-3 Tblspn butter
1/4 cup EACH unsweetened shredded coconut and almond slivers
1/2 T tandoori masala (optional)
1 tsp powdered ginger (optional)
1 tsp powdered garlic (optional)

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1. In a large skillet (the one you will use to make the rice dish), toast the almond slices and coconut together by warming in the dry pan over medium heat for just a few minutes, stirring continually to avoid burning.  Remove from heat and set aside.

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2. Without cleaning the pan (all those oils from the almonds and coconut are now there waiting to flavour your dish!) return to medium heat and add your butter.  When butter is melted, add your diced scallion, garlic, and ginger (I like to mash my garlic and ginger in my little mortar and pestle, but you can just dice fine if you prefer), and cook, stirring occassionally, until fragrant, about three minutes.

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3. I find adding some dried spices as well as the fresh helps bump up the flavors of a dish like this all the more.  The tandoori masala is great, gives the dish a little more flavor and a gorgeous pink color, but the dish will be fantastic even without it.  Same goes for the dried garlic and ginger.  If you are using any of these, add them now to the simmering scallions and stir well so the spices get toasted, just about a minute.

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4. Add your apples or raisins, being sure that they marry in nicely with the spices, cooking just about a minute.

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5.  Fold in your rice, about a half cup at a time, making sure it is being fully covered and coated by the spice/onion mix. Add about 1/4 cup of water or broth in order to allow the rice to absorb all the flavors.  Cook until rice is heated through an water absorbed, about 3-5 minutes, stirring all the while to prevent sticking and burning.

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5. Add the almonds and coconut back in, and cook for just a minute to warm.

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This is such a tasty dish it could easily be eaten on its own, but we ate it as a side dish with our Indian dinner.  Hope you have a chance to make this delicious rice sometime soon!

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Happy Cooking!

Proud to be linking up this morning with Simple Living for Foodie Fridays,  Miz Helen's Country Kitchen for Full Plate Thursday  Hey Mom Whats for Dinner for Just Another Meatless Monday, and Veggie Momma for Meatless Mondays Whole Food Wednesdays at This Chick Cooks.


Jessie Lou said...

Oooh that looks yummy! Sometimes the best recipes are made out of leftovers!

Oh also I just posted a recipe for blueberry cream cheese pie. I thought you might like it, so here is the link for it :) Just incase it sounds like your cup of tea.

Have a good Monday! Sometimes it's the hardest day of the week isn't it? Just trying to get back into the swing of things isn't easy!

Jessie Lou

The Old-Fashioned Housewife said...

Thanks Jessie Lou! :)

Miz Helen said...

We just love Fried Rice and we will really enjoy your delicious recipe! Hope you are having a great week and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
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Miz Helen said...

oh my gosh that sounds so good! I love the combination of flavors!! can't wait to try this! thanks for sharing!

Diane Balch said...

This rice screams summer... so fresh and light. Thanks for sharing it on foodie friday.

The Old-Fashioned Housewife said...

Thanks to all you ladies for your kind comments. I just made this again last night, t his time with some left-over quinoa, and it was great! Love the flavour combinations.

The Seasonal Family said...

My family loves fried rice, I'll have to try adding in some coconut next time!