Monday, October 20, 2008

Cashew Nuts N Raisins Rice


Yes, you guessed it, I'm in my lazy mood. Again. This time of the year, I am at my most relaxed. School's almost out, Wey's done with his exams (and now we just wait for the dreaded report card. I don't know if it feels worse to get his report card or mine when I was in school. No I didn't do so bad, but my Dad never praised us so it was terrifying to give him our report cards. Whenever we go see Wey's teacher for his report card though, Hub always ends up encouraging, no, almost begging, him to do better next time. In my time, my brothers would've gotten a butt-splitting whacking if they came home with the report cards Wey gets. Me and sis got off easier; sis always starts her 'taps' and Dad never spanked us girls. I got off because I made sure I got better marks than her. Survivals skills came early; there were 5 of us), Ming starts his course today and Yi is coming home Wednesday at noon. Even the weather is pleasant. I love the rainy afternoons. By 2 or 3 pm it's cloudy and gloomy and most of all, it's cool. I can smell the impending rain, feel the strong breeze that makes me nostalgic for this time of the year when everything starts to slow down a little and the excitement of Christmas starts to build up. Then the rain comes, loud and pouring, and the whole place is washed clean and by night time, it is almost cold out. Cold is relative, I'm talking about 23, 24 degrees which is 'cold' in tropical Borneo, colder when there's a breeze.

So in my lazy mood I'm hardly cooking. Actually I have been baking, testing out green tea recipes that failed and failed--either not moist enough or soft enough. I am a tenacious being, and I still want to trudge on, but my tongue's turning green and wrinkled (green tea powder has a drying effect on the mouth) from eating those failed cakes so I think I'll take a short breather. Now that Ming's not home, I find myself hopelessly lazy to cook. If not for Wey, I think I can exist on instant noodles and durians, which are in season.

But I've got some lazy days back up recipes. This is what I 've dug out. It's not the tandoori chicken but the rice that I want to tell you about. I saw this done on the food channel long ago and tried it out, and we loved it. I didn't have basmati rice so I made do with fragrant long-grain rice which was just as good. So next time you do a curry, do jazz up your plain rice with cashew nuts and raisins instead.

Cashew Nuts & Raisins Rice
1 1/2 metric (or 2 rice cups) basmati or long grain rice, washed & drained
5 shallots, sliced
1 handful cashew nuts
1/2 handful raisins, washed & dried
3 T butter
1/2 t (or less, to your taste) cinnamon powder
a large pinch of cloves*
chopped cilantro

* I've also tried substituing this with cumin seeds with equally good results

1. Fry the shallots in oil until crispy, remove the shallots
2. Fry the cashew nuts in the shallot oil until golden, remove.
3. Fry the raisins until lightly browned.
4. Put 3 T butter into the pot you'll be cooking the rice in, or if you are using an electric rice cooker, do this in a frying pan. Add the cinnamon powder and cloves to the melted butter, stir well (low heat) until fragrant.
5. Add the rice and stir for 1 - 2 minutes, then add 2 cups water. Cover and cook.
5. Just before serving, stir in the fried cashew nuts and raisins and top with chopped cilantro.


a feast, everyday said...

Tt looks soo good.
I was in a baking mood the whole weekend too but everything turned out wrong. My pretzels ended up in the bin but at least the pumpkin muffins were edible but not bloggable..:P

Agnes aka Ric3y said...

It looks so simple yet delish looking!!! maybe just eating that plain would be nice! :D

ganache-ganache said...

Yes, I love this weather too, will have cravings for any kind of sweets but sometimes lazy to bake, just like to laze around when the weather is cool, that's why I slept for almost 3hrs (overslept)on Sat & woke up feeling so blur, that night I couldn't sleep......

Precious Pea said...

Looks good! I just posted on rice too..Pumpkin Rice! Yi is coming back and I bet you must be excited!

Denise ^ ChiCkyEGG said...

ha! ur green-tea cake trialss remind me of the honeycomb cake!
Gambateh!!! I'm awaiting for piece of green-tea cake !!
and.. the rice, hou hou sek wor!

Anonymous said...

That looks better than the restaurant's. Yum Yum.

I must tell my son that Yi (I saw her first) will be back soon. ;)

hongyi said...

im out of credit, that's why i cant reply ur sms. not topping up on credit since im going back tonight. see u soon.

Big Boys Oven said...

the chicken looks good too, what chicken dish is that? :)

triShie said...

i too enjoy the year end feeling... and Christmas sure has been in my head..already i'm playing christmas songs while i work...

and now i'm just thinking what kinda recipies you'll have for us to drool over for christmas... :)

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Terri @ A Daily Obsession said...

a feast: yes, i get days like tt n i give up; i call ganache n order :)

agnes: agree, but it's mostly starch so not a good idea.

ganache: so did u end up baking when u couldn't sleep?

pp: u should cook more, i love ur cooking posts.

r: haha, he may be over her alrdy.

bbo: it's tandoori chicken, but i didn't add any coloring so it doesn't look so impressive, but it was good:)

trishie: tt made me excited! i wasn't home last christmas. promise u plenty of christmasy dishes..

WoMbOk™♂ said...

The chicken looks soo good.... Donno why i suddenly thought of Kenny Roger's but their chicken set pales in comparison to your dish :)

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