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Thai Coconut Rice

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Categories: Spicy, Vegetarian
Type: Side Dishes

Traditional flavorings of coconut and kaffir lime leaves enliven plain rice to create this popular Asian accompaniment

Prep Time: prep 25 mins

Cooking Time: cook 40 mins

Serves: makes 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 5 sprigs cilantro
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 fresh hot red chile, seeded and chopped
  • 4 tbsp Thai red curry paste
  • 2 cups jasmine rice
  • grated zest of 1 lime
  • one 14.5fl oz ( 411ml) can coconut milk
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 kaffir lime leaf, shredded
  • 2 scallions, white and green parts, thinly sliced
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Directions:

  1. Pluck the cilantro leaves off the stalks; finely chop the stalks and reserve the leaves.
  2. Heat the oil and butter in a large deep frying pan over low heat. Add the shallots and chile and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often, or until they start to turn golden. Then, stir in the curry paste and cook for another 30 seconds.
  3. Add the rice, lime zest, and cilantro stalks. Stir for 1 minute, until the rice is well coated. Stir in the coconut milk, 13/4 cups water, and the salt. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle in the kaffir leaf and reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
  4. Stir the rice and cover. Simmer for 15 minutes, or until the rice is tender. If the liquid has been absorbed but the rice is still not tender, add a little more water. When ready to serve, stir in the scallions and sprinkle with the reserved cilantro leaves. Serve hot.
Tips:
  • prep 25 mins; cook 40 mins

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Excerpted from The Illustrated Kitchen Bible.
Copyright © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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