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Seductions of Rice: A Cookbook

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Marinated Chicken Kebabs

Makes 12 to 15 kebabs; serves 6 to 8 with rice

Persian Chelo Rice is often eaten with grilled lamb or chicken kebabs. These savory chicken kebabs are marinated in a blend of yogurt, garlic, saffron, and dried mint before being grilled over charcoal or broiled. Easy and delicious. Serve these with a plate of fresh herbs (basil, tarragon, flat-leaf parsley) and Special Everyday Persian Rice, or any cooked long-grain rice. You might want to offer Oasis Salad as an accompaniment.

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs or breasts or a combination

Marinade:

1 cup plain yogurt (whole milk or 2%)

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1/8 teaspoon saffron threads, dry-toasted, crushed to a powder, and dissolved in 2 tablespoons warm water

1 tablespoon crushed dried mints (optional)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1. Cut the chicken into small pieces, 1/2-inch cubes or smaller, discarding discarding any fat or tough connective tissue.

2. Combine the yogurt with the remaining marinade ingredients in a small bowl and mix well. Place the chicken pieces in a shallow bowl, pour the marinade over, and stir to ensure that all of the chicken is well-coated. Let stand, refrigerated, for at least 3 hours or as long as 24 hours.

3. Preheat a charcoal or gas grill or a broiler.

4. Thread chicken pieces onto metal skewers. Place only a few pieces of chicken on each skewer, and don't cram the pieces together tightly. (If they are packed together, rather than just lightly touching, they will not cook evenly.)

5. Grill or broil 5 to 6 inches from the heat, turning the skewers after 3 minutes, for about 10 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Grilled Beef Salad (yam neua)

Serves 6 as part of a jasmine- or sticky rice-based meal, or as an appetizer.

When we're not at home, beef is not something we prepare all that often. But if we are making food for a party, or for a summer potluck, this grilled beef yam is one of our all-time favorite recipes. We'll even splurge and get a very good cut of meat, such as the tenderloin called for in this recipe.

In Thailand, there are probably as many different versions of yam neua as there are cooks, with everyone having a different idea about how to find that perfect balance of hot, sour, sweet, and salty. So before serving, be sure to taste for yourself and to adjust the chile, lime, and fish sauce as you see fit.

1 pound beef tenderloin, at room temperature

About 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons Thai fish sauce (nam pla) or more to taste

5 tablespoons fresh lime juice, or more to taste

2 to 3 bird chiles or serrano chiles, minced

1/2 cup thinly sliced shallots

4 scallions, cut into 1/2-inch lengths

1/2 cup packed fresh coriander leaves, plus a few sprigs for garnish

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint

1 English cucumber, scored lengthwise with a fork and thinly sliced

1. Preheat a broiler or a grill. Slice the tenderloin lengthwise. Rub both sides of the meat with freshly ground black pepper, rubbing with some force to rub the pepper into the meat.

2. To broil, place the meat on a broiling rack so that the meat is 3 to 5 inches from the broiling element. Broil for 6 or 7 minutes on one side, then turn and broil for 6 to 7 minutes on the other side, or until medium-rare.

OR 2. To grill, place on the grill and cook until medium-rare, 5 to 8 minutes on each side.

3. Let the meat cool for 30 minutes to 1 hour, so that it is easy to slice. (The cooled meat can be put into the refrigerator covered and then sliced several hours later, if more convenient .)

4. Slice the meat as thin as possible with a sharp chef's knife or cleaver, cutting across the grain.

5. In a large bowl, mix the fish sauce, lime juice, and chiles. Toss in the meat, shallots, and scallions and mix to blend all the different tastes. Mix in the coriander leaves and mint. Taste the salad for a good balance between the salty fish sauce, the sour lime sauce, and the hot chiles, and adjust according to your taste.

6. Arrange the slices of cucumber around the edge of a decorative plate or platter, then arrange the salad in a mound in the center. Garnish with coriander sprigs and serve.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781579651138
Subtitle:
A Cookbook
Author:
Alford, Jeffrey
Author:
Duguid, Naomi
Publisher:
Artisan
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Rice & Grains
Subject:
Cookery (rice)
Subject:
Cookery, International
Subject:
Rice
Subject:
Specific Ingredients - Rice & Grains
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
19981001
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
8 x 10
Pages:
454
Dimensions:
10.58 x 8 x 1.1 in 3.25 lb

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A New Way to Eat - The Rice Way

After leafing through these pages, it seems inconceivable that we haven't been eating this way--the rice way--all our lives. Here is a stunning book that takes us on an extraordinary adventure, and on the way it just may change forever--happily and healthily--the way we cook.

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With a depth of passion and experience, and an ability to embrace and convey richness of place and taste, the authors of the groundbreaking Flatbreads and Flavors and the later award-winning Hot Sour Salty Sweet embarked on a far-reaching excursion to find the world's most essential and satisfying food. Along the way, they experienced firsthand dozens of varieties of rice, offering unimaginable subtleties of taste, as well as a staggering array of foods to accompany them, all providing a simple way to get flavor and variety on the table.

Seductions of Rice is the glorious result: two hundred easy-to-prepare dishes from the world's great rice cuisines, illuminated by stories, insights, and more than two hundred photographs of people, places, and wonderful food. Cherished dishes--Chinese stir-frys, Spanish paellas, Japanese sushi, Indian thorans, Thai salads, Turkish pilafs, Italian risottos--are shared not just as recipes, but as time-honored traditions.

Seductions of Rice will change the way we eat, the way we prepare and appreciate our food. It's as easy as putting a pot of rice on to cook!

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