Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Nasi Bunga Telang Serai /Blue Pea Lemongrass Rice & Loverice


The bond with loverice is bonded with rice and all things nice. Loverice it has to be for the unlimited information on the nutritional aspects and varieties of rice and how to cook rice perfectly. A big applause too to the one stop site for featuring various rice recipes sourced from all over the world including the tiny-winy spot my "Vietnamese Fried Rice" has taken up. So it says - naturally, being a typical rice lover, I carry bags of experiences about rice as the source of carbohydrate for energy and well-being.

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.  

Ingredients
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

Method
Add all ingredients in the rice cooker, gently stir, cook up and fluff up.





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24 comments:

  1. This rice looks so pretty dear Nava. It's a treat for the senses being visually beautiful, aromatic and tasty. The pea flower grows in abundance in India, but was not aware of its use in cooking. Thank you for introducing me to this awesome rice dish.

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  2. A refreshing recipe dear..... totally new for me..... I must thanx for sharing esp the step by step pics..... :)

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  3. good idea....can make blue rice.

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  4. Hi Nava, love your wonderful blue pea with lemon grass rice. Very attractive colour, I sure can hantam 2 plates too. :))

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice day, regards.
    Amelia

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  5. This is just so creative... i had seen these flowers when i went on a holiday recently, didn't knew if they are edible... The colour is just WOW.. i would just look at it than eat it :P

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  6. love this beautiful purple color.

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  7. wow..it is new to me..lovely one

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  8. I simply love the color! Never knew rice can be cooked this way!

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  9. WOW!This is so interesting. We have this in our garden but din't know that its edible. beautiful share and color :)

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  10. WOW!This is so interesting. We have this in our garden but din't know that its edible. beautiful share and color :)

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  11. Oh my god i know that blue flower cud be used this way have seen this plant here as well .. i learnt smthing new today.. as for rice I love rice bt as you grow older the 101 health problems start and now I hardly eat - in moderation.. this recipe is simple & worth trying fr sure :)

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  12. Pretty, pretty blue pea....you are just too creative! Thanks for sharing this interesting dish!

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  13. I could never imagine of purple rice, this definitely made me want taste it!! ;)

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  14. gorgeous looking rice Nava..just beautiful:)

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  15. I love it, gal! Wish I could lay my hands on these flowers........

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  16. This is beautiful! Love its gorgeous light purple colour.

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  17. This is really new to me... What an effort!! The color is so good.. Yummy

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  18. wow this looks lovely dear..I love purple color and this looks really great

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  19. OMG...I never knew we could use this flower in cooking..The rice looks so pretty with its gorgeous colour...hv never see a rice variety in this colour..I just want to dig into the bowl to finish it off!!...YUM YUM!!

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  20. I never knew that there was a dish like this, Must try this once.

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  23. Innovative, creative and a wonderful rice preparation ...

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