Rice is the most important food crop of the developing world and a staple food for more than half of the world’s population. It is an excellent source of complex carbohydrates to sustain good health being rich in nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. There are many different types of rice with several qualities, suiting different consumer preferences. Quality factors in rice relate to the length of the grain, stickiness, aroma, texture, and flavour.
Although cooked in several different ways, on their own, they are extensively used in a wide variety of food. The egg whites help give volume, thicken, bind mixtures, glaze surfaces and the egg yolks help to emulsify.
Oryza Sativa (Asian rice) – contains two groups: indica (long-grain) and japonica (short-grain). Other types of Asian rice include glutinous rice and aromatic rice.
Oryza Glaberrima (African rice) – includes short and long grain varieties.
To learn more about the different types of rice, you can go through the introductory lesson - Rice… A Full Meal In A Pot!
Rice Recipe of the Day - The Chicken Mandi
About Chicken Mandi
The word “Mandi” “المندي” in Arabic, is a traditional Yemeni dish from Hadhramaut in Yemen and very popular all over the Arabian Peninsula including Egypt and Jordan. It is also a favorite among the Hadhrami people in the Malabar region of Kerala, India.
The word “Mandi” comes from the Arabic word 'nada', meaning dew, and actually describes the moist 'dewy' texture of the meat.
Mandi is made from rice, meat (lamb or chicken), and a mixture of mild but intense spices. The main thing that differentiates the Mandi is that the meat here is traditionally cooked in a special earthen oven called Taboon in Hadhrami.
The Taboon is usually a hole dug into the ground and covered on the inside with clay. To cook Mandi, dry hardwood is placed in the Taboon and then burnt with intense heat, allowing the hardwood to turn into charcoal. The meat is then suspended inside the Taboon without touching the hot charcoal below, after which the Taboon is carefully closed, so as not to let the smoke out.
Raisins, pine, or peanuts are normally added to the rice as garnish, these are to one's taste. Mandi is considered as a special main dish and generally served during special events, such as Eid, weddings, and feasts.
The rich juices of the perfectly cooked and tender chicken get soaked up with the spiced rice that results in a delicious and delicate flavorful dish.
Recipe Card (to serve 4 pax)