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This was sooooo yummy! I might use a tiny bit less oil next time but being that it was virgin olive oil, I guess the health benefits can’t hurt. It was very tasty, definitely will do again. Very simple too. Thanks for the recipe!
This sounds like a perfect side dish to go with the Cardamom Honey Chicken! I wonder, though, if substituting brown rice, whether you would recommend still keep the vegetables in the pot while the rice cooks. Since brown rice will take twice as long, would you recommend adding the veggies after the rice has cooked partially? Thanks!
I think that both the onions and the carrots will be able to hold up to the longer cooking. ~Elise
I made this last night to accompany your honey cardamom chicken, and it was great! Since I love my rice cooker, I did as Tri suggested and cooked the rice with the lemon added in the cooker, then added everything else when it was done. This seemed to work well, but I think the flavor balance was a little off since the rice didn’t really get to cook with the carrot/garlic/onion mixture.. it tasted primarily like lemon rice. Since I was going to serve this dish with the cardamom chicken anyway, I also cooked the carrot/garlic/onion in the drippings from searing the chicken, which seemed to add a little extra sweetness without impacting the flavor greatly.
Overall this recipe gets a thumbs up for being easy and tasty, but next time I think I’ll try cooking it your way with a bit less water (boyfriend thought it was a bit mushy) for better flavor balance.
How much zest is enough zest? (tablespoon, teaspoon, a quick scrape here and there…)
A teaspoon is probably enough. ~Elise
I know this is a really old post, but I thought someone might benefit from my attempt at making this recipe. The first attempt my boyfriend and I made at making this dish came out very, very soggy…like a porridge. We had to dump it out and start again. We hardly ever cook rice on the stove top (I’m Vietnamese and a rice cooker is mandatory!) so I decided to try cooking part of it in our rice cooker. We added the lemon juice and zest to the water of the rice cooker, and once cooked added the rest of the ingredients together. It was so easy and amazing!! I will definitely be making it again (maybe less oil next time) and look forward to a variation from my “normal” jasmine rice. Thanks for a great recipe.
I made this, but with a mixture of brown and white rice [both long grain]. I think I will use a little less oil next time, and probably some chopped celery too. Good quick simple tasty recipe, that served my self and two hungry roommates :).
Hi Allie – The oil ends up getting incorporated with the rice. If you are using extra virgin olive oil, which is what the recipe calls for, it adds to the flavor of the rice.
Why do you need 1/2 cup of oil to saute one carrot and an onion? It sems excessive. Could it be reduced?
Hi Bob – no, you add the water to the carrots, onions, and garlic and bring the water to a boil. Then you add rice.
I read the recipe several time. Do I throw away the seasoned carrots, onions and garlic after it is cooked?