Hello again, and welcome to the simplistic adventures of my kitchen. Today we’re having mixed rice (it’s absolutely brilliant with avocado).
- Cooking oil
- 1 large onion
- 1 garlic clove
- 2 small capsicums/ hoho (different colours, if possible)
- 1 large tomato
- 3 potatoes
- 2 carrots
- Black pepper
- 3 cups of rice
- Slice your onion and finely chop your garlic; put them in your sufuria to fry with adequate oil, covered and on low heat. When simmering, water molecules form on the underside of the cover; make sure the water pours back into the food when opening the sufuria.
- Once the mix has turned gold/light brown, add a chopped tomato and stir. Increase heat a little bit, adding ¼ a teaspoon of salt and black pepper. Keep it covered but check often to make sure the heat hasn’t got the paste to stick.
- Add a ¼ cup of water and leave covered to cook for 5 minutes and add chopped potatoes (cut into approx. 2*2 cm cubes), stir and leave for about 10 minutes to cook. Occasionally stir the food to prevent sticking to the sufuria.
- Add carrots (also chopped) to cook undisturbed for 5 minutes then add your (yes, chopped again) capsicums. Stir to ensure everything is mixed.
- Cover the dish and proceed to wash your 3 cups of rice, as water boils in a kettle. (For those without a kettle, add 3 cups of water to the cooking stew and increase the heat on the cooker, add rice only once the water has come to a boil)
- From the kettle add 3 cups of boiling water to the food and add rice. Stir a little to make sure everything is well mixed, to avoid having everything at the bottom and plain rice just covering everything.
- Proceed to cook as normal rice; let it boil while covered for about 5 minutes and then move the cover so as to leave space for air.
- Reduce the heat, and let cook for 10-15 minutes; check with a fork.
(For those who don’t know the fork check; stick a fork straight down in the middle of the rice and withdraw. If the fork has some water, leave the rice to finish cooking openly on low heat. If the fork is only moist and perhaps comes out with a grain or so of rice, the food is ready and you may put off the cooker and cover your rice)
Serving suggestion: This dish is best had with slices of avocado, so help yourself to adequate servings of the popular fruit too.