Wednesday, 29 May 2013

RICE & CARAMELISED ONION STEW

'Rice and stew' is jollof rice's humble alter-ego - never steals the limelight at parties and a bit underwhelming when you really think about it - but ask any Nigerian and they'll tell you that it is THE go-to meal. A bit too much of a go-to meal if you ask me but hey, I also get the impression we'd be pretty lost without it.
Can't think of what to have for dinner? "Let's have rice and stew!"
Got some guests coming over and need to rustle up something quick? "Let's cook rice and stew!"
Feeling uninspired in the kitchen? "Let's boil some rice and heat up some stew!"
So on and so forth.... Never gets old...

Red onions have always fascinated me. You know, the way they turn all sweet and caramelly when you sauté them long enough. I decided to make this scrumptious, sticky red onion infused stew. Served up with some brown basmati rice. Enjoy.


















Ingredients

(serves 2)
1 cup brown basmati rice
2 cups red pepper mix
1 large red onion (thinly sliced)
1 vegetable stock cube
1 tsp curry powder
2 tbsp sunflower oil
Salt to taste

Boil the rice in salted water until soft.

To make the stew, sauté the onions in oil on medium-low heat until the onions are soft and sweet. Be patient with this, there's a difference between burnt onions and caramelised onions so keep the heat under control and stir the onions from time to time.

Add the red pepper mix and turn the heat up. Add the stock cube, curry and salt and boil the stew for 3-4 mins. Turn the heat back down to medium-low and simmer uncovered for a further 15-20 mins to allow the stew to thicken.

Serve hot on a bed of brown rice.

11 comments:

  1. I miss eating basmati rice...rice and stew saving Nigerians since forever...add plantain to it and I am in heaven.

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    1. I know right! plantain is the perfect accompaniment.
      Thanks for visiting :)

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  2. Gone through your blog and oh my!! My mouth is watery.. Need to get the the kitchen!

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  3. Hmmm yummy.. Rice n stew can really never get old.

    First time here

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    1. It really can't, rice and stew is such a life saver. Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  4. I just made this, and it was incredible! I added a few chopped chives and parsley on top for some green colour. Thank you so much for your blog! :)

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  5. I just made this, and it was incredible! I added a few chopped chives and parsley on top for some green colour. Thank you so much for your blog! :)

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  6. Hey there! Thanks for the recipe, I've tried it and I may say it 100% worth of trying! Also, I made some corrections. As rice provides more dietary energy supply than wheat (which the oatmeal is) I've used my best rice cooker for brown rice and made a pot of overboiled. Soften it with a mash and then keep on following your recipe. In the end, it was even chewier than with oatmeal! Try it yourself once)

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