Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Pineapple Curry Rice with Turmeric
Breathe In.....one of my simple joys aside from being out hiking and boogie boarding is being in and cooking :) I cook though not from recipes because I am too lazy usually to follow the minute details in recipe. I do not measure anything when I cook, I simply cook by taste, thus most of the recipes I will share here do not have measurements at all.
Pineapple Curry Rice With Turmeric
I started trying making pineapple curry rice since last summer when my husband's niece was with us. We were at La Jolla Shores enjoying a beautiful day at the beach boogie boarding. When we got hungry, we walked to the nearby restaurant. She ordered for herself pinapple curry fried rice and tofu steak. However, I saw her pineapple fried rice kind of greasy for my standard, and when I asked her if she likes it, she said, "yeah, only that it is swimming in grease!" Now, when you are eating out, you have no control over the ingredients. So, I told her, "I think I know how to make that, I will make you one when we get home." When we got home, I made pineapple curry rice without looking at any recipe online. I simply thought of what will go together, and I did not stir fry the rice, well, I am not really fond of frying and stir-frying, call it laziness. It was a big hit for all of us. Here is my own recipe:
Tofu Slices (optional )
Nuts ( cashew, or almond or pistachio, or peanuts, or a mix of nuts) - also optional
salt, soy sauce and pepper to taste
Coconut Milk ( I have tried it with 2% milk instead of coconut milk and it tasted just as good for us)
Mix all the dry ingredients- rice, ginger, yellow curry, turmeric, salt, pepper, and lemon grass. Add water about the same amount how you would cook rice.
( If you are using coconut milk, you cad add half of the coconut milk into the mixture now, otherwise, if milk, wait until rice is cooked otherwise, the milk curdles.)
Cook the rice mixture in rice cooker ( if you do not have rice cooker, cook rice in pot the way you would steam your rice)
When rice is cooked, add the coconut milk, pineapple, tofu slices, and nuts. Stir. Add more salt and pepper to taste if necessary.
Serve and enjoy! Best with vegetable tofu curry which you can see in the picture above. Next time, I will share my recipe of vegetable tofu curry.
PS......I usually add ginger and turmeric to any foods, even to rice, since I have learned of the benefits of having them in our diet regularly especially for someone like me who suffers from chronic pain (migraine). Thankfully, I love ginger, and turmeric does not really have a strong taste so it can go with any foods. To learn more about ginger and turmeric benefits, click here.