Friday, November 18, 2011

Nachos Rice with Corn and Basil Salsa [RECIPE]


I recently participated in a cooking event at our apartment. The event was 'Cooking without Fire' and had many constraints which was perfect to bring out the creativity. I wanted to share my recipe here.

Here were the rules:
  • Participants must use boiled rice as an ingredient.
  • Only 1 other ingredient can be cooked apart from rice.
  • All ingredients must be assembled and plated at the venue and no use of fire or heat is allowed.
  • One may use other ready-made store bought dry ingredients.
I decided to use Mexican flavors and made nachos rice with corn and basil salsa. It  turned out nicely and you can make this as  an evening snack for the family. Try it out and let me know how do you like it.



For Nachos  Rice

Ingredients:

1            ......... green pepper (capsicum)
1            ......... tomato
1            ......... onion
½ tsp     ......... dried oregano
1 tbsp    ......... extra virgin olive oil
2           .........  cheese cubes
1 cup     ......... brown rice
1 tsp      ......... tomato ketchup
½ cup    ......... ready-made nachos
a few     ......... coriander leaves
1           .........  lemon
salt to taste

Method:
  • Boil the brown rice in a pressure cooker. Brown  rice takes a little longer than white rice, so you may want to cook them a bit longer.
  • Boil/thaw the corn kernels and set aside.
  • Chop the capsicum, tomato and onion finely and set aside.
  • Cut the cheese into small cubes and set aside.
  • Crush the nachoes into small pieces and set aside.
  • Mix all of the ingredients. Squeeze the lemon and mix well. Garnish with chopped coriander leaves.

For corn and basil salsa:

Ingredients:
1         ............ small green pepper (capsicum)
1         ............ small tomato
1         ............ small onion
a few   ............ basil (tulsi) leaves
a few   ............ coriander leaves
3         ............ garlic cloves
1/2 cup  ......... corn kernels (fresh or frozen)
1/2      ............ lemon
1/2 tsp oregano
salt to taste

Method:
  • Chop the capsicum, tomato and onion. Set aside
  • Boil/thaw the corn kernels and set aside.
  • Chop the garlic finely. Set aside.
  • Chop the basil leaves. Set aside.
  • Mix all the ingredients and squeeze lemon, add oregano and salt .Mix well and serve along with the rice.