Basmati rice, grown primarily in India and Pakistan, is one of the world’s most fragrant rices, a quality that blossoms during a year of post-harvest aging.
Oliver’s Markets carries a brand of this rice from India, called Himalayan Pride. It comes in a 5-pound reusable cloth bag. This long-grained rice cooks up perfectly fluffy, is delightfully fragrant and is delicious on its own, in congee, and as a foundation for some of the world’s best rice dishes, such as India’s biryani.
There is a perception that brown rice is always preferable — especially nutritionally — to white rice, but not everyone agrees. Brown rice is harder to digest than white and has a pronounced nutlike flavor that is delicious but not suited to all dishes, which is to say that it is not a good idea to simply substitute brown rice when white rice is called for, no matter how many web recipes tell you it’s just fine. It’s not.
Brown rice, which requires much longer cooking than white rice, should be appreciated for its own qualities and seasonings and other additions should support these characteristics. It is not quite the blank canvas that white rice can be.
Tune in next week for an exploration of brown rice, red rice and black rice.
Although there are a lot of ingredients in this dish, it is not difficult or particularly time-consuming to make, especially if you are not in a rush.
It’s not the sort of dish you want to throw together on a busy weeknight — but if you like to cook on Sundays, you can enjoy it on Monday and maybe even Tuesday if you’re not feeding more than a couple of people. It keeps well.
If you are feeding a larger group, this makes an excellent contribution to a potluck, especially one where there will be a lot of vegetarians.
Serves 6 to 8
1 cup small cauliflower florets
1 cup small broccoli florets
1 small sweet potato, peeled and cut into thin half rounds
2 medium carrots, preferably white or pale yellow, peeled and cut into thin half rounds
5 tablespoons clarified butter
— Kosher salt
1 teaspoon white mustard seeds
1 large onion, peeled, trimmed and grated on the large blade of a box grater
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
2 teaspoons ground turmeric
½ to 1 teaspoon ground cayenne or other ground hot chili, to taste
1 tablespoon coriander seeds, crushed
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
— Black pepper in a mill
1 14-ounce can coconut milk, to taste
5 cups cooked basmati rice (from about 11/2 cups raw rice), cooled
½ cup raisins
¼ cup diced dried apricots
½ cup roasted and salted cashews
4 tablespoons fresh mint, very thinly sliced
4 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves, minced
— Several saffron threads
½ cup vegetable stock, preferably homemade
1 cup plain whole milk yogurt or raita (see Note below)
— Homemade or commercial chutney of choice
All About Quakes
5 Things to Do When The Shaking Starts
- Duck, cover, hold: Duck or drop down on the floor, take cover under a sturdy desk or table and hold on. Be prepared to move with it.
- If indoors, stay there: At least, until the shaking stops. If you’re outside, find a clear spot away from buildings, trees and power lines and drop to the ground. If you’re in a car, slow down and drive to a clear place.
- After the shaking stops: Get to a safe place outdoors if you think the structure you’re in is in danger of collapsing. Provide first aid for anyone slightly injured and seek medical attention for anyone seriously injured.
- Assume there will be aftershocks: Secure anything heavy that could fall, and eliminate fire hazards.
- Gas and water: Listen to the radio for instructions regarding turning off gas and water. If you smell gas, or think it is leaking, shut it off. Only a professional should turn it back on.
6 Things To Now To Prepare For A Disaster
- Contacting loved ones: Create a plan for how you will contact one another after the quake, such as establishing an out-of-area contact who can help coordinate the locations of family members and other information should you become separated. Make sure children learn these phone numbers and addresses and know the emergency plans.
- Important papers: Keep copies of important documents at the house of your out-of-area contact or keep important documents and valuables in a fireproof storage box or safe deposit box.
- Disaster supplies kit: Keep a smaller version in your vehicle. Families with children should have each child create their own personal pack.
- Know evacuation routes: Establish several different routes in case certain roads are blocked or closed.
- Plan for pets: Animals are typically not allowed in places where food is served, so you will need to have a place to take your pets if you have to go to a shelter.
- Don’t run out of gas: Always run on the top half of the tank, not on the bottom half.
Things To Remember
Water may be in short supply.
Natural gas and electric power may be out for days or weeks.
Garbage and sewage services may be interrupted.
Telephone, Internet, cell phone, and wireless communications may be overloaded or unavailable.
Mail service may be disrupted or delayed.
Gasoline may be in short supply, and rationing may be necessary.
Bank operations may be disrupted, limiting access to cash, ATMs, or online banking.
Grocery, drug, and other retail stores may be closed or unable to restock shelves. Businesses may sustain damage and disruption—many small businesses require a long time to reopen or do not survive disasters.
Your income may be affected — payroll checks or direct deposits may be delayed.
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Source: County of Sonoma