This Basmati Rice with Vietnamese Sweet Lemon Curry is a great side dish for chicken and pork or for me…it’s just dinner!
I love dishes flavored with curry but admit that for many years thought curry was a singular spice, like cloves or nutmeg. I learned several years ago that curry is really a blend of spices that comprised what I bought in that red and white can from the supermarket.
Enter Savory Spice Shop. This has been my own personal magical kingdom. Meeting friends for high tea a couple of years ago in downtown Littleton, CO, one said she wanted to visit a new spice shop that had opened down the street. The entire group of us decided to walk down and check it out and much like a bakery, we knew we were in the vicinity with our sense of smell before any of us actually saw the shop door!
I’ve since discovered the tastes of different cinnamons and sugars and salts and yes…curries. I’ve made Japanese Curry using their Medium Yellow Curry which is a blend of coriander, turmeric, ginger, fenugreek, anise, cayenne, cumin, cinnamon, black pepper, yellow mustard, mace and cardomom (who knew?) and use their Vietnamese Sweet Lemon Curry for one of their recipes I love – Lemon Curry Corn Fritters!
I was having company for dinner sort of last minute last night so had no time to plan and pretty much threw some things together. We had chicken drumsticks made using my recipe for chicken wings so I wanted a side dish with just a little bite to it. I had just purchased a van of Basmati Rice (Ok, just a bag…but from Costco, so you know what I mean!) and decided some rice and green peas with fresh sauteed mushrooms would round out our main course.
Pretty simple stuff. Sauteed some onions, sauteed the rice a bit too and then added chicken stock to the mix and left to simmer. But…just seemed dull, so went spice shopping in my own pantry. Basmati rice is from India and Pakistan so thought a curry flavoring would be a nice component to add and balance well with the chicken basted with a sweet type sauce and then spied the lemon variety and was sold! This curry is made from a combination of sugar, lemongrass, turmeric, cumin, black pepper, paprika, cinnamon, salt, coriander, garlic, cardamom, cayenne, salt and curly leaves…whew! And if you have never had Basmati rice, you have to try it…it has a wonderful nutty taste unlike any other rice.
It was perfect. I could have probably added a bit more of the curry to the rice while cooking so I made sure the jar with the shaker was at the table; those of us with the wish for more could have it answered while a couple of my guests with tamer tastes thought it perfect. It was my guests who insisted I put the recipe on the blog (and their son who came with them is a chef…whoo hoo!). So simple, it’s not something I would normally post here but really, what is wrong with simple if it’s simply good?