Monday, July 27, 2009

Cabbage Rice


*1/2 Head Medium White Cabbage
*1 Large Onion, chopped
*garlic cloves, chopped
*1 lb ground beef
*red pepper (optional)
*Basmati or Long Grain Rice
*Butter or Oil


Put a large saucepan full of water on the burner with salt. When it boils, add the rinsed rice and cook for roughly ten minutes, or until the rice is a little bit cooked, but not yet done. Drain in a colander and run some cold water over it to remove any starch. Set aside.In a frying pan, heat up some oil or butter and gently fry onions until transparent. Add several cloves of chopped garlic and fry for a few minutes more, stirring to make sure it doesn't burn. Add ground beef, salt, pepper, red pepper, and tumeric, stirring constantly to make sure the peices of beef break up well. When browned well, chop up the 1/2 head of cabbage into ribbons and add to the mixture. Fry over a slow heat until the cabbage is wilted. In saucepan, melt some butter or oil and add 1/2 of the cooked rice. Add the cabbage-meat mixture, and then place rest of rice on top. Take your spoon or spatula handle and poke several holes in the rice down to the bottom to insure it steams well. Place a paper towel or a thin dish towel over the top of the saucepan, and then fix the lid on tightly (this traps the steam and makes sure the rice doesn't get soggy). Steam over LOW heat for 20 minutes, or until the rice is done to your liking.


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