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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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This cumin-scented green pea pulao is the perfect accompaniment to Chicken Tikka Masala. Here's a little tip for cooking basmati rice: The rule of thumb is to add water a little more than twice the quantity of rice; but here, I added a half-cup extra for softer rice.
From prep to fork, this healthy recipe will only take you 35 minutes. Feed your family a healthy meal; try Pan-Seared Alaska Halibut With Red Curry and Basmati Rice.This recipe was developed by Ryan and Sara Hall and Alaska Seafood.Former NCAA champion Ryan Hall is the current U.S. record holder for the half marathon and the first American to complete it in under an hour. He is a two-time Olympian, participating in both the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing and the 2012 Olympic Games in London. In 2008, Ryan was named male Road Runner of the Year by the Road Runners Club of America. He and his wife Sara rely on the unique nutrient profile found in Alaska Seafood to recover and to recharge their muscles throughout training. Sara Hall is a professional distance runner, former cross country national champion, and Pan American Games gold medalist. She’s a 9-time U.S. National Team member and 3-time Olympic trials finalist.
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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.