Rice cooker pilaf
( SERVES 4 )
Photo by Tam West
There's more you can do with a rice cooker than simply steaming white rice, as this easy but flavoursome pilaf shows. Warren cooks up a tasty oatmeal porridge and cooks with lentils and polenta in his rice cooker too. See how he does it.
- Sweat onion, celery stalk and red pepper in a little olive oil with some fresh grated ginger and crushed garlic until tender. Set aside.
- In the rice cooker, stir rinsed brown jasmine rice, sesame oil, kaffir lime (or bay) leaves, chilli, salt and some freshly ground black pepper, and the first large cup chicken stock or water. Set to Cook and leave it to cycle over to Warm, about 15 minutes.
- Stir the rice, add the onion mixture, chorizo (smoked or cooked sausages or thinly sliced chicken breast), edamame beans (or peas), lemon zest and juice, the remaining cup of stock or water and stir well. Set to Cook again, and when it switches to Warm rest for 5-10 minutes or until ready to serve.
Make a change
The general rule for white rice is 1 part rice to 1 part water. Tender brown (or even wild) rice can also be achieved with a little trial and error, by adding more water upfront, running the Cook cycle more than once, and leaving them to rest in the Warm cycle until they’re soft and puffed.