Title: Mandarine Rice
Categories: Australian, Rice
Yield: 4 servings
200 ml Raw rice
550 ml Water
2 tb Olive oill
2 Mandarines, zest and juice
40 g Slivered almonds
100 g Sugar
1/2 ts Saffron threads
1 tb Sultanas
This celebratory rice dish is a little fiddly to make the first time,
so save it for a weekend when you feel like cooking. Its sweetness
marries very well with savoury foods, from the Middle Eastern braised
lamb dishes for which it was devised to Indian curries and South-East
Asian coconut curries.
Wash 200 mL rice in several changes of water until the water runs
clear. Then soak the rice in 550 mL water for about an hour. Drain in
Cut 1 carrot into fine diagonal slices, then julienne the slices. In a
large pot which can go from stove top to oven, heat 2 tablespoons of
olive oil and cook the carrots, stirring, until they are golden, then
remove from the oil (reserving the oil in the pot) and drain.
In a saucepan, make a syrup. Zest 2 mandarines then juice them and
make the juice up to 150 mL with water. Add both zest and liquid to
the saucepan, together with 40 g slivered almonds, 100g sugar and
half a teaspoon of saffron threads. Bring to the boil and cook gently
for about half an hour, stirring often, then add carrots and a
tablespoon of sultanas and cook, stirring, for a few minutes more.
The syrup should be quite thick but not burnt. Remove from the heat.
In the carrot pot, reheat the oil and stir in the drained rice until
it is transparent. Add 230 mL boiling water and stir gently over a
low heat till the water has almost gone. Cover the rice with the
syrup, put on the lid and bake in a 160-170 degree C oven for half an
hour. Uncover, stir to mix and serve.
From an article by Meryl Constance in the Sydney Morning Herald,
6/29/93. Courtesy, Mark Herron.