Sunday, September 12, 2010

Diri ak vegetab/Vegetables and Rice


 We Haitians love to eat rice. Rightfully so, rice is versatile and can be easily paired fish, meat and poultry. You can have it alone, as a desert or in a soup. It's a great source for carbohydrate for fast energy and provides benefits for high blood pressure and heart disease; not to mention, it's inexpensive, contains fiber and it's low in fat. However, a good cook will tell you that making rice is not an easy task and takes a lot of practice, if you are not using a rice cooker.  When you are done making your rice it should be nice and fluffy. Let's get started.


2 cups of white long grain rice
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup of mix vegetables (thawed and drained)
1/8 cup of onions
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of pepper
3 cups of chicken broth/water
1 small saucer pan
1 tablespoon of butter

On medium heat, heat saucepan and add oil. Once oil is hot, add 1/2 cup of vegetables and onions fry for 2 minutes. Add remaining veggies, chicken broth, salt, pepper and allow water to come to a boil. Once the water begins to boil wash the rice and add to pan. Stir and allow the water to evaporate. Once evaporated stir rice completely and add in butter, then cover the pan. Reduce temperature to medium low and rice should be ready in 20-25 minutes or once rice is fluffy and not grainy.

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  1. Thanks! Can you do rice with beans next? My beans never come out right and it lacks taste lol

  2. I can. I will put some beans to soak tonight.

  3. Thanks for all these great recipes Barb :)