Monday, 25 February 2013

Spinach And Bacon Rice

This is a great way to get your kids to eat their veggies. Most kids love rice and mine in particular love this recipe. You can omit the bacon to keep it vegetarian, or substitute it for sausages or chorizo.

spinach and bacon rice
Spinach and Bacon Rice

Ingredients:
2 bundles of spinach leaves (you can use just one bundle too)
1 large onion chopped fine
3-4 cloves of garlic chopped fine
few strips of bacon chopped fine
4 cups rice
stock cube 

Method:
Wash the rice till the water runs clear, and soak for half an hour. Finely chop the spinach leaves. If the stalks are too thick, I do not add them.

 In a pressure cooker, heat oil, add in the bacon and saute for a little while till it releases some of the oil. Add in the onions and the garlic, and saute some more. Add in the finely chopped spinach. The spinach will release some of its natural water and reduce in size. Add in the cubes (I used two boxes of maggi cubes - each box contains two cubes).
Add in the water. I added double the quantity of water + 1 extra cup. So if you are using 4 cups of rice, then 8 cups of water and 1 more. Thats 9 in total.

Take off the whistle from the lid of the pressure cooker. I make my rice in the pressure cooker without the whistle. 

Close the cooker (without the whistle) and turn the heat to its highest setting. After about 5 mins, you should see a steady stream of steam coming out from the lid (wait till the steam flows up in a straight line).  At this point, lower the heat to the lowest setting and time for 10 mins. After 10 mins, open the cooker and fluff the rice with a fork. Its ready to serve..

spinach and bacon rice
Spinach and bacon rice