A different kind of basmati – Coral red basmati with mustard greens, peas and shrimps
Un basmati pas comme les autres – Basmati rouge corail aux crevettes, fanes de moutarde et pois
I think by now I must have tried almost all the different kinds of rice on the market, going from basic to fancy. The funny thing is that I am not a big rice eater but when I see a kind I never tasted, I buy it.
For me, rice is that ingredient I enjoy but that I rarely cook. Then when I eat it, I am thinking I should make it more often. Time goes by, and rice is still left in the pantry.
This time, I found this beautiful coral red basmati at Whole Foods and was curious about its taste and texture, and after one month of staring at it, I decided to make something out of it. I liked its “marketing” name “coral red” is quite a pretty name for a red rice and thinking about it I bought it mainly because I was seduced by its name which I found quite sexy. Americans are certainly great at marketing!
I love rice bowls, they’re nutritious and you can make a “one-meal” bowl, besides whole rices are perfect for that. Coral red basmati rice does not taste exactly like regular basmati, It has a pretty color but is less aromatic.
French people are not big rice eaters, they eat a lot more potatoes as primary carbohydrate and of course bread. I remember a commercial on TV when I was a child for Uncle Ben’s rice “Le riz qui ne colle jamais“, “the rice that never sticks”, in his little plastic bag, and that was the only rice I would eat. My mom creamy risotto was so unappealing comparing to Uncle Bens! I was fascinated by its TV commercial of this old and big Southern American guy with a thick American accent and his “Uncle Bens! le riz qui ne colle jamais!”.
Ingredients for 4
- 280 g coral red rice (about 70 g per person)
- 1 large bunch mustard greens, chopped
- 24 large uncooked shrimps
- 1/2 cup frozen or fresh peas
- 2 shallots, diced
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 small piece ginger, grated
- 1 tbs mustard seeds
- 1 tbs soy sauce
- 1 tbs olive oil
Heat olive oil in a pan, brown shallots, 1 garlic clove, ginger and mustard seeds. Stir well and let all ingredients brown.
Steam rice in a rice cooker or regular pot.
Cook mustard greens in boiling water for about 5-7 minutes, until cooked. Drain, squeeze extra water and chop finely.
Add shrimps to onion, garlic, ginger mixture and cook for about 5 minutes until shrimps are cooked, add peas and mustard greens, salt and pepper and cook for another 10 minutes. (If using fresh peas, they need to cook longer)
Add rice and stir well. Add 1 garlic clove crushed and 1 tbs soy sauce, stir well, let it cook for another 5 minutes and serve as a side dish or as a full meal.
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I am a big rice eater and this is up my alley. By the way, I like the use of BIG prawns!
lovely, I’ve never had this rice. i’ve cooked bhutanese red rice before..but not red basmati. i’ll have to check out our whole foods for this.
beautiful dish for christmas in the red and green, I havent seen this rice will have to look for this in specialty stores, will be great for the table! beautiful as always.
I like it. Wonderful…
very pretty dish! This is better than Chinese takeout!
Lovely dish. And I love the story about Uncle Ben’s… kids are so funny.
I do the same thing with rice – when I make it I love it, but I hardly ever make it. Funny, I am reading a book about a student at Le Cordon Bleu and she says she was shocked to discover that they use Uncle Ben’s rice in a few rice dishes!
What a colorful dish! It looks delicious. I can’t wait to find the red rice. I’ve never seen it before.
Utterly nice…yummy yummy
just noticed you made the top 9 again, congrats!
Hi Silvia, congrats on your taop 9 again! Just got back from my holiday vacation. Hopefully still be able to catch up with you. So good to be back. This is such a simple rice dish. Love the flavour!
You are in the top. Congratulations
This sounds tasty and Doral Red Basmati Rice can be purchased @ WHOLE FOODS…. I’m not in favor of too much Ginger,,
I grown up in a rice eating culture country – China. I moved to UK 5 years ago, since then I never really tasted any good rice dishes here, which is very frustrating. I wonder by any chance to buy “coral red basmati” in UK, if I do I will definitely make some and record it. It just look so delicious and I am dying to have it…
this is really beautifully made dish..BTY where i will find coral red rice???
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I love to find this rice at my market. Wouldn’t it be festive!!!