Friday, August 8, 2014

Coconut Lime Rice

I am finally back from vacation. I don't know if I am happy or sad. Probably a little bit of both. We spent two weeks in the beautiful state of Vermont visiting tons of family, swimming, kayaking, canoeing, hiking, and exploring. It was wonderful to see everyone and the kids had a fantastic time playing in the lake. It was hard to say goodbye, but it is nice to be home and getting back to our routine (and blogging!). :-) I'll be sharing more of our vacation in other posts so stay tuned...

For now, let's talk about rice. 

I absolutely, positively cannot cook rice. I'm not lying. Every rice dish has been a complete failure, up until this one. Which is why it made it onto the blog. Just kidding. It is actually really good too. Am I the only one who can't cook rice? It always ends up sticky, mushy, yucky, etc. I could go on and on with horrible names for my rice. Which is why I pretty much always use quinoa. For some reason, I don't mess that up. 

And before you ask...yes, a rice cooker is on my birthday list. Although I'd probably find a way to screw that up too. 

Well, I finally have a rice dish that my whole family loves. Yippee! I simmered basmati rice in coconut milk flavored with lime zest, a pinch of sugar, and salt. There was just a hint of coconut, lime, and sweetness in the final dish. If you want to bump up any of these flavors, then you could add extra shredded coconut, lime juice, or sugar. 

And I *think* I figured out the trick to cooking perfect rice. Simmer for 15 minutes, remove from heat, and then let it sit for 10 minutes to finish cooking. I used to simmer the rice for the entire 30 minutes. Bad idea. 

Coconut Lime Rice

1 (14 oz.) can coconut milk
1 1/4 cup water
Pinch of sugar
Pinch of salt
Zest of 1 lime
1 1/2 cups uncooked basmati rice

In a large saucepan, combine the coconut milk, water, sugar, salt, lime zest, and rice together. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently. Cover, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let rest for 10 minutes, or until the rice is tender. Fluff with a fork.

If you like a stronger lime flavor, squeeze some of the fresh lime over the rice and fluff with a fork. 

Source: adapted from allrecipes

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