Rice pudding is a beloved, old-fashioned dessert that you should also enjoy as an easy and delicious breakfast treat. In fact, this dish is a regional breakfast specialty in Arkansas. This creamy rice pudding, known as Kheer, is a wildly popular sweet treat in India and calls for cardamom for a unique punch of spice. Recipe courteys of Spice Cravings
For those of you who have ever eaten from a "halal cart," the title of this rice recipe probably seems like a bold statement. If the reference means nothing to you, don't worry — before moving to New York, I wouldn't have had a clue either.
A halal cart is a street vendor that, at a minimum, sells two things, and two things very well: chicken over rice and lamb (or gyro) over rice. Most offer the option to wrap up the same fixings — meat, lettuce, generally out-of-season tomatoes, white sauce, and a bit of smoky paprika-based hot sauce — in a pita as well, minus the rice. It sounds simple, but done right, it's absolutely delicious, addictive, and satisfying. The best part? You walk away full after spending just $5.
Some also sell knishes (another mysterious New York thing), kebabs, and falafel. Others even offer pretzels, hot dogs, chestnuts, and Philly cheesesteaks. In other words, if you can walk away with it, they probably have it. (I have yet, however, to see one that sells pizza.)
The rice, in theory, is basmati. Some vendors offer just white rice, others will offer "yellow rice," while some offer a mix of the two. It sometimes has a few peas in it and perhaps some cooked tomato. Some of them cheap out on the rice, though, and offer something that tastes suspiciously like Uncle Ben's. The mystifying thing is: What exactly makes the yellow rice yellow? Is it turmeric? Is it saffron? (Probably not.) A friend recently pointed out that it might be food coloring.
We decided to take the guesswork out of the equation and make a new and improved version of halal-cart rice that you won't get on the street. This version is flavored with saffron, freshly shucked peas, and ripe tomato — the perfect base for grilled chicken, fish, or lamb. Whoever says rice is bland is about to have their world rocked.
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Nothing's better than a fish taco, and this recipe takes it to the next level. A savory blend of spices gets a little extra something from a touch of sweetness, and adds a nice crust to the fish, while a pinch of red pepper flakes awakens the taste buds. I keep the garnishes to a minimum so the flavor of the fish prevails, but all of the usuals will go great on these.
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This side dish is great with almost everything — from grilled chicken breasts to pork stir-fry. Try using leftover rice for an even crunchier texture. Sliced almonds or cashews would be a wonderful addition to this pilaf as well. Click here to see Awesome Asparagus Recipes.
In Midtown Manhattan, you’ll see (and smell!) chicken and rice carts on almost every city street. Office lunchers and late-night eaters alike love the chicken-and-rice platters (which rarely cost more than $5) as hearty and spicy meals on the go; we’ve replicated those Styrofoam-packaged meals here.