Brown Rice with Fresh Green Peas
A super delicious and healthy recipe perfect for spring! This is a popular dish in Japan when fresh green peas are picked in spring. Fresh peas, briefly boiled, retain a bit of crunch and add spots of spring green to the brown rice :) Kombu/kelp, used in Japanese stock, isn't necessary but I like the subtle flavor it adds. (See last step for note on how to cook with white rice).
- Short grain brown rice (360ml (1 1/2 US cups))
- Fresh green peas, shelled (180ml (3/4 US cup) or 150g)
- Salt (1 teaspoon)
- Dried kombu (kelp) for stock (optional) (if using, one 10cm/5in piece)
- Black sesame seeds (optional) (For garnish, if you like)
Rinse rice in a colander or strainer. Let drain well.
Bring about 600ml (2 1/2 US cups) water and kombu/kelp, if using, to a boil. Add salt and green peas. Cook peas for 3 minutes. (You'll saving the boiling water so don't drain it!)
Drain peas, but keep the water they were boiled in. Chill peas in ice water or running cold water and set aside. Let the water used for boiling cool until it's at least cool enough to touch. (If using kombu, leave it in the water)
Add drained rice to a heavy pot (if using kombu, add that too). Measure out 540ml (2 1/3 US cups) of the water from boiling. If you don't have enough, add regular water until you do.
*If using rice cooker, just add everything into the rice cooker and push start!
Cover pot with lid and bring to a simmer over medium. Once steam starts to rise from the pot, turn heat to low and simmer for 23-25 minutes. Stop heat and let sit, with lid, for another 15 minutes.
After that, add peas to the rice and roughly mix in. Garnish with sesame seeds if you like. You can also season with just a bit of salt and pepper too :)
If you insist on white rice (I recommend short grain), reduce the amount of liquid to 400ml and simmer for 12-15 minutes instead. Stop heat and let sit for 10 minutes before stirring in peas.
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