While many people in the West think of rice as a simple side dish, it's exciting when cooked as a meal in its own right and readily absorbs other flavours. In some cultures, rice is considered so sacred that it is served as the main part of the meal and cooked as plainly as possible. So here are some delicious rice recipes for you to enjoy!
Egg Fried Rice
• 100g fresh peas, (or frozen)
• 2 eggs, (beaten)
• 2tsp sesame oil
• 300g basmati rice, (cooked and drained)
• 2tsp salt
• 2tsp freshly ground black pepper
• 3tbsp spring onion, white part only, (finely chopped)
Cook the peas in a pan of boiling water for about 5 minutes if they are fresh; if they are frozen, simply thaw them and drain. Mix the eggs and sesame oil in a small bowl and set aside. Heat a pan until it is very hot. Add the oil and when it is almost at smoking point, add the cooked rice and stir-fry for about 3 minutes. Add the peas, salt and pepper and fry for 5 minutes over a high heat. Add the egg and stir-fry for another minute. Tip in the spring onions and cook for 2 minutes, or until the eggs have set. Turn the rice on to a plate and garnish with spring onions. Serve hot, or at room temperature as a cold rice salad.
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