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Simple and Quick Jasmine Rice with Green Peas and Tomato

jasmine rice with peas and tomato

Jasmine rice is a long-grain rice that is known for its fragrant aroma and delicate flavor. It is a popular rice in Southeast Asia, but it has become increasingly popular around the world in recent years. Jasmine rice is a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of dishes, from simple stir-fries to more complex rice dishes.

This recipe for Simple and Quick Jasmine Rice with Green Peas and Tomato is a great way to enjoy the delicious flavor of jasmine rice in a quick and easy dish. This dish is perfect for a weeknight meal or a quick lunch. It is also a great side dish to serve with grilled chicken, fish, or tofu.

As a cooking instructor, I am always surprised and delighted to learn that my students remember my cooking tips. One of my most important tips is to “fold it, don’t turn it and don’t disturb it” when cooking rice. This may sound silly, but it is a great way to prevent the rice from becoming mushy.

Another important tip is to choose the right type of rice. Jasmine rice is a great choice for this dish, as it is slightly scented and absorbs the aroma of fresh spices and herbs very well.

Here is a recipe for a simple and quick jasmine rice dish with green peas and tomato:

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jasmine rice with peas and tomato

Ingredients needed for the Jasmine Rice with Green Peas and Tomato

  • Olive oil: A healthy cooking oil that adds flavor and richness to the dish.
  • Freshly Diced Tomatoes: Add a fresh, sweet, and acidic flavor to the rice.
  • Garlic minced: Add a pungent and savory flavor to the dish.
  • Scallion finely chopped: Add a mild onion flavor and a bit of crunch to the dish.
  • Chicken bouillon or Mrs Dash Original Blend Seasoning: Enhances the flavor of the dish.
  • Frozen peas: Add a bit of sweetness, color, and nutrients to the dish.
  • Thyme sprig: Add a subtle herbal flavor to the dish.
  • Parsley sprig: Add a fresh and herbaceous flavor to the dish.
  • Bay leaf: Add a warm and slightly sweet flavor to the dish.
  • Hot pepper Habanero, Scotch Bonnet or NouBess Hot and Spicy Sauce, optional: Add a bit of heat to the dish, if desired.
  • Jasmine rice rinsed and water drained: A long-grain rice that is known for its fragrant aroma and delicate flavor.
  • Water: The liquid that will cook the rice.
  • Salt to taste: Season the dish to your liking.
  • Pepper to taste: Season the dish to your liking.

To make the rice:

  • Heat the olive oil in a heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add the tomatoes and cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the tomatoes have started to release their juice.
  • Add the garlic, scallion, and chicken bouillon or Mrs. Dash Original Blend Seasoning (if using). Stir until the spices are cooked but not burnt.
  • Add the peas and stir to combine. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the rice and stir to combine with the spices, peas, and oil. Fry for 3-4 minutes, stirring gently occasionally.
  • Add the water and stir gently again. Add the hot pepper (if using) and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil.
  • Once the water has almost evaporated, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the rice is fluffy.
  • Discard the hot pepper (if using) before serving with your favorite meat, seafood, or poultry dish.

This recipe is a great starting point, but feel free to experiment with different ingredients and flavors to create your own perfect jasmine rice dish.

Jasmine rice with peas and tomato

Notes and Tips:

  • For a richer flavor, use chicken broth or vegetable broth instead of water to cook the rice.
  • If you don’t have fresh parsley, you can use 1 teaspoon of dried parsley instead.
  • You can also add other vegetables to this dish, such as bell peppers, carrots, or zucchini.
  • Rice cooking tips: The 1.5:1 water-to-rice ratio is a good starting point, but it can vary depending on the type of rice and the brand. Experiment to find what works best for you.
  • To make this dish ahead of time, cook the rice and tomato mixture according to the instructions. Let it cool completely, then store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. When you’re ready to serve, reheat the rice and tomato mixture in a saucepan over medium heat until warmed through.

Benefits of cooking Jasmine Rice

Here are some of the benefits of cooking jasmine rice:

  • Flavor and aroma: Jasmine rice is known for its delicate flavor and fragrant aroma. It has a slightly nutty flavor and a sweet, floral aroma.
  • Versatility: Jasmine rice is a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of dishes, from simple rice bowls to stir-fries to curries. It can also be used to make desserts, such as rice pudding and sticky rice.
  • Nutritional value: Jasmine rice is a good source of carbohydrates and protein. It also contains vitamins and minerals such as niacin, thiamine, magnesium, and phosphorus.
  • Gluten-free: Jasmine rice is naturally gluten-free, making it a good choice for people with celiac disease or gluten intolerance.

In addition to these benefits, cooking jasmine rice is also relatively easy and quick. It can be cooked in a pot on the stovetop or in a rice cooker.

Here are some tips for cooking jasmine rice:

  • Rinse the rice in a fine-mesh strainer until the water runs clear. This will help remove excess starch and prevent the rice from becoming sticky.
  • Use a ratio of 1 cup of rice to 1.5 cups of water.
  • Bring the water to a boil in a pot over medium heat.
  • Add the rice and stir to combine.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil again, then reduce the heat to low and cover.
  • Simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the rice is cooked through and all of the water has been absorbed.
  • Remove the pot from the heat and let it sit for 5 minutes, covered.
  • Fluff the rice with a fork and serve.

This recipe for Simple and Quick Jasmine Rice with Green Peas and Tomato is a delicious and easy way to enjoy the flavor of jasmine rice. It is a perfect dish for a busy weeknight meal or a quick lunch.

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Simple and Quick Jasmine Rice with Green Peas and Tomato

A Simple and Quick Jasmine Rice with Green Peas and Tomato dish prepared with the perfect aromatic grains. A wonderful side dish for dinner.
4 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 6
Calories 291 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ cup of freshly diced tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 stalk scallion finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon or 1 tablespoon Mrs Dash Original Blend Seasoning
  • ¾ cup frozen peas
  • 1 thyme sprig
  • 1 parsley sprig
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 hot pepper habanero or scotch bonnet, optional
  • 2 cups jasmine rice rinsed and water drained
  • 3 cups water
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper (to taste

Instructions
 

  • Heat the olive oil in a heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add the tomatoes and cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until the tomatoes have started to release their juice.
  • Add the garlic, scallion, and chicken bouillon or Mrs. Dash Original Blend Seasoning (if using). Stir until the spices are cooked but not burnt.
  • Add the peas and stir to combine. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the rice and stir to combine with the spices, peas, and oil. Fry for 3-4 minutes, stirring gently occasionally.
  • Add the water and stir gently again. Add the hot pepper (if using) and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil.
  • Once the water has almost evaporated, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until the rice is fluffy.
  • Discard the hot pepper (if using) before serving with your favorite meat, seafood, or poultry dish.

Notes

If you don’t have a heavy-bottomed pot, you can use a regular pot, but be careful not to burn the spices.
If you’re using fresh tomatoes, you may need to cook them for a few minutes longer until they have softened and released their juice.
If you don’t like spicy food, omit the hot pepper.
You can also add other vegetables to this dish, such as bell peppers, carrots, or zucchini.
To make this dish ahead of time, cook the rice according to the instructions, but do not add the peas. Let the rice cool completely, then store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. When you’re ready to serve, reheat the rice in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the peas and cook until heated through.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gramsCalories: 291kcalCarbohydrates: 54gProtein: 6gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gSodium: 12mgPotassium: 191mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 370IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 45mgIron: 1mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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