Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Nasi Bunga Telang Serai /Blue Pea Lemongrass Rice


I threw some bunga telang, or blue pea flower seeds in my garden and they grew. They literally grew without even me realising and without even any tender, loving care. Just like that. By the time I knew, bunga telang which can be addressed in other names greeted me. Beautiful. They are such bluish beauties and me after a few days, getting down to making this Nasi Bunga Telang Serai /Blue Pea Lemongrass Rice. I did. And rice by far, do I have say anything furthermore? Me and my love for nasi or rice. For this typical Malaysian who must have rice at least once a day though usually its plain rice, of course, every now and then, the easy varieties, cooked in the rice cooker are such a delight for breaking free from the monotony and boredomness of our daily meals (Tomato Rice PilafRice Pilaf, Coriander Rice, Turmeric Rice, Dhal Rice & Lemon Cashew Rice). What's the cooking story to Nasi Bunga Telang Serai? Such an easy uncomplicated story. Just a couple of ingredients. In fact, just five. Basmati rice, bunga telang/blue pea flowers, serai/lemongrass, salt and water. The best part of all is, I will and must vouch that you will simply love the floral scent of bunga telang and lemony scent of lemongrass in, and around cooked to the right texture rice. 


Ingredients
2 cups of basmati rice - rinse and drain 
1 cup blue pea - rinse, soak with 3 cups of hot water and extract its natural color (3 cups)


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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