The love for rice goes back to when mum fed rice porridge with vegetables for my two front teeth compared to toddlers these days who start with imported quinoa or millet. No doubt, the two grains are packed with tons of nutrients but for typical Asians, rice is cheaper especially the local produce. That said, it doesn't mean I have not cooked imported varieties and over the years, I have narrowed down to the local basmati "health is wealth" rice for controlling the sugar level. Even so, not by piling loads of rice but as always, moderation is the key to healthy eating.
While traditionally rice is cooked over the stove, with the invention of electric cooking utensils, rice cooker is my saviour for stress free cooking. Simple and easy, add washed rice and water in the cooker and rice is ready within a couple of minutes and for texture and fluffiness, adjusting the amount of water. Cooked rice is then teamed with side dishes but plain rice daily can be boring. Fried rice pretty much with any ingredients is one with leftover cooked white rice whereas nasi briyani and pulao rice are the other ways. Equated as simply simple, this nasi bunga telang serai/ blue pea or clitoria flower lemongrass rice for the natural blue shade and lemony scent from the easily grown flowers and lemongrass. Both strives crazily in the hot humid Asian weather. For the flowers, get the pods and throw on the soil or pot and for lemongrass, has been said at lemongrass/serai cordial.
To make this rice dish, soak and rinse about 1 cup of the flowers with 2 cups of hot water to extract the natural colouring after two hours though soaking overnight with plain is also possible. Then, add 2 cups of washed basmati rice, the blue extract, 2 smashed lemongrass, salt and 1 cup of water in the rice cooker and cook up this attractively attractive traditional rice dish.
3 cups of basmati rice - rinse and drain
1 cup blue pea - rinse, soak with 2 cups of hot water and extract the colouring.
2 lemongrass - smashed
1 cup of water
Salt for taste
Add all ingredients in the rice cooker, gently stir, cook up and fluff up.
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