Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Lemon & garlic scented rice

If you own a rice cooker you're about 30 minutes away from one of the tastiest and easiest side dishes ever. If you don't own a rice cooker, well you can still have this delicious side dish, it'll just take a little bit longer. This rice was served with the Greek grilled chicken thighs and it was amazing! Lightly scented, perfumed with garlic and lemon zest. Simplicity at its finest and darn good eats, too.

Lemon and garlic scented rice
makes 4 servings
zest of 3/4 lemon
2 cloves garlic whole, smashed with the back of a knife but left whole still
1/2 t kosher salt
1 cup basmati rice
1 3/4 c water
drizzle olive oil

Rinse the rice well until water runs clear. In the bowl of a rice cooker combine all the ingredients. Cook according to manufacture instructions.

If cooking on the stove top follow the rice instructions, adding the lemon zest, garlic and salt to the water.

Remove garlic cloves and fluff with a fork just before serving.

Nutrition Facts provided by SparkPeople recipe calculator
Amount Per Serving
Calories 190.5
Total Fat 1.1 g
Saturated Fat 0.2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.8 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 242.9 mg
Potassium 9.8 mg
Total Carbohydrate 40.3 g
Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
Sugars 0.0 g
Protein 3.5 g


Design Wine and Dine said...

OK, I have been LOVING Basmati recently! It is SO light and fluffy and aromatic! This is such a PERFECT side dish for so many dishes. Now...I WANT that rice cooker!!!

Jenn said...

Oh how I love rice...add some lemon and garlic and I'm devouring it! I too love Basmati rice.. it's all we buy now!

Ma What's 4 dinner said...

Mmmmm, sounds amazing and perfect with that chicken!!!

Lots of yummy love,
Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

Sweet and Savory said...

These are two great flavors to add to rice. I would love this with a salad or fish.

How did you get your rice to look so crisp and sparkly. I use brown rice and I think I forgot what white rice looks like.

How would you like to link this up to Let's Do Brunch. It is a great recipe to share.

Cranberry Morning said...

Oh my. I love rice, and this sounds great!
Thanks for the compliment for Bridger. I think he's blushing under all that hair! :-)

glad you entered my giveaway! good luck.

Velva said...

This great simple recipe has been bookmarked. I use my rice cooker all the time, and this would be a new twist on a common staple in our home. Thanks.


Yenta Mary said...

That must smell -- and taste -- just amazing!!! A perfect side dish ... :)

Megan Carroll said...

I just bought my first rice maker- who knew that it would be love?

Betty Ray said...

Mmmm, I love rice. Yours looks like the perfect texture too. I will try it!

Ananda Rajashekar said...

I def don't need a rice cooker can very well manage this awesome rice without it, have recently started adding lemon zest to pulao's this would be amazing :)

Anonymous said...

Looks fantastic :) thank you for sharing and for lovely words at Chef's Dennis blog!

Cranberry Morning said...

To me, rice is THE quintessential 'comfort food.' I have to really watch it with rice, cuz it doesn't have edges or boundaries! Love the stuff. This looks good. I saved the recipe. YUM.

I do hope you get to England. It's well worth the swim across the pond.

Pam said...

Rice is wonderful and you did it up perfectly! Great with the lemon and garlic additions for a yummy side dish!

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Miss Meat and Potatoes said...

Oh my goodness love these flavors! Also what brand rice cooker do you recommend? I LOVE adding to my gadget collection:)

Ann Minard said...

Oh my...two of my favorite flavorings: garlic & lemon......hey, that would be a great name for a Mediterranean food blog! Garlic & Lemons

Rosy said...

Lemon and garlic really do make everything better. I don't have a rice cooker,but I can't wait to make this.

Anonymous said...

Made this today, but with regular long-grain rice and on the stove top. One word - DELICIOUS! We love rice in my house, and this is a great way to change it up. Thnx for the recipe, its going in my collection.

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