A Simple and Quick Jasmine Rice with Green Peas and Tomato dish prepared with the whole aromatic grains. I sometimes teach cooking classes to help people eat healthier and of course how to mix and match ingredients for that exceptional taste. I am always surprised to learn that my students remember all my cooking tips. It is such a pleasure to know that.
When I cook rice during class, I usually share all my best tips for cooking rice. From the choosing the best rice brand to adding the right amount of liquid. In my last class, I was lost for words. I could not think of a way to communicate to the students that although rice needs tender loving care, too much can ruin it. So I came up with this line, “fold it, don’t turn it and don’t disturb it.” That’s a bit silly, but it works.
Having the right type of rice also counts. Native to Thailand, Jasmine Rice is named after the sweet-smelling jasmine flower. This rice is slightly scented and absorbs the aroma of fresh spices and herbs very well.
We all remember the rice ratio cooking tips – 1 ½ cups water to every 1 cup of rice. This is a great tip to follow, but not for all types of rice and not all brands of rice. You will get more familiar with the different brands as you start experimenting.
Simple and Quick Jasmine Rice with Green Peas and Tomato! Not much introduction there. Rice cooked in a herbs and spices mixture with Green Peas, and Tomato added. The addition of fresh tomatoes is a marvelous way to add flavor and color to your rice dish.
- 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
- In a heavy bottom pot, over medium heat, add oil and tomatoes. Let cook while stirring for about 3 - 5 minutes, or just until the tomatoes have started to release their juice. Add garlic, scallion and chicken bouillon or Mrs Dash Original Blend, if using. Keep stirring until spices are cooked but not burnt. Add peas and stir to blend. Let cook for 2-3 minutes. Add rice and stir to blend with spices and peas and let fry for about 3 - 4 minutes stirring gently occasionally. Add water and stir gently again. Add hot pepper and season with salt and pepper. Bring to boil. When the water has almost evaporated, lower heat and cover and continue to cook for about 15 - 20 minutes until rice is fluffy. Discard hot pepper before serving with your favorite meat, seafood or poultry dish
Hot pepper should be whole after cooking. It is added for flavor enhancement.