Gingery Rice with Sweet Potatoes and Peas
A classic Thai dish combines white rice with white potatoes, and though it sounds rather redundant, the seasonings and embellishments probably make it a delectable dish nonetheless. I took the general idea of this recipe and revved it up to include the two main ingredients’ more nourishing counterparts—brown rice and sweet potatoes. This may still sound like an odd combination, but really, it works! Adapted from Vegan Express.
Serves: 6 or more
- 1 1/2 cups raw long-grain brown rice, rinsed
- 2 medium sweet potatoes
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 6 scallions, white and green parts
- 3 to 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger, or more, to taste
- 1 to 2 teaspoons good-quality curry powder, to taste
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 cup frozen green peas, thawed
- 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro, or more, to taste
- Salt to taste
- Chopped peanuts or cashews for topping, optional
Combine the rice with 3 1/2 cups water in a small saucepan. Bring to a rapid simmer, then lower the heat. Cover and simmer gently until the water is absorbed, 30 to 35 minutes.
Microwave the sweet potatoes until just done but still nice and firm. Start with 3 minutes total, then test. A knife should go through, with some resistance. If needed, microwave for another minute at a time. Once done, plunge the sweet potatoes into a bowl of cold water. Set aside until needed.
When the rice is nearly done, peel the sweet potatoes and cut them into 1/2 inch dice.
Heat the oil in a stir-fry pan. Add the white parts of the scallions and the garlic, and saute over medium-low heat until just turning golden. Add the green parts of the scallion and the sweet potato dice; turn the heat up to medium-high and stir-fry for a minute or so.
Stir in the ginger, curry, and turmeric, then add the rice. Turn the heat up to medium-high and cook, stirring, until the ingredients are well blended. Add the peas and cook, stirring frequently, for 3 to 4 minutes.
Season with salt, stir in the cilantro, and serve. Top each serving with some chopped peanuts or cashews if desired.