The tradition of cooking rice with meat came to us from the East, the Persians first came up with this kind of dish, later the tradition spread throughout Central Asia and further to the West.
Currently, there are hundreds of variations of dishes, the main ingredients in which are rice and meat. Culinary recipes include not only spices and spicy seasonings, but also vegetables, dried fruits, nuts and other ingredients. You can cook rice with meat on a castra, a stove, in an oven or in a traditional Russian oven.
Rice with meat - preparation of products
When cooking rice with meat, it is very important to choose the right products that will form the basis of the dish. Ideal for rice is mutton, you can use pork and beef, but veal is not recommended, it is too soft and tender. The rice should be taken firm and transparent, if you take the boiled one, you get an unpleasant mess. Rice before cooking should be washed several times in cold water, if necessary, clean from low-quality grains and impurities. The meat is cut into small pieces and fried in vegetable oil. The rice is added after the meat is half cooked.
Rice with meat - preparation of dishes
Usually rice with meat is cooked in cast iron, duck, earthen pots or baking stews. In recent years, glass containers used in an oven or microwave oven have become quite popular, their use in cooking rice with meat is also quite relevant.
Recipe 1: Pilaf
Pilaf is one of the most popular dishes, which includes rice and meat. The special taste of pilaf is formed by various kinds of seasoning, also dried apricots and prunes can be added. In the East, there are dozens of recipes for traditional dishes, we offer the recipe for one of them. Ingredients:
- 500 grams of meat (lamb, pork, beef);
- 1 cup rice;
- 2 onions;
- 1 large carrot;
- 1 clove of garlic;
- ground black pepper;
Method of preparation
Meat cut into pieces of medium size (30-40 grams), fry in a pre-melted butter in such a way as to obtain a ruddy crust. Now it's time to add salt, spices, grated garlic and herbs (if desired).
Cut onions into thin strips, rub carrots on a coarse grater, add vegetables to the meat, cover and stew until the meat is soft (usually this process takes about an hour). Make sure that when cooking meat on boiled liquid, if it is not enough, add boiled water (it is better to do this several times in the process of cooking in small portions).
At the time when the meat is cooked, rice should be soaked in water. Put the rice in a container with meat and vegetables, the liquid should cover the “mush”. Close the container with a lid and simmer for 15 minutes. If the dish is ready and the liquid in the dish is too much, you should open the lid and allow the water to evaporate so that the rice becomes crumbly.
Pilaf is served on a large plate, for decoration you can add a bit of greenery.
Recipe 2: Rice with meat, mushrooms, cabbage and sweet pepper
Rice is perfectly combined not only with meat, but also with vegetables, it is not surprising that the mixing of these components allows you to get a tasty and flavorful dish.
- 400 grams of meat (pork, lamb, beef, in this case, you can even use veal);
- 400 grams of rice;
- 200 grams of champignons;
- 500 grams of fresh cabbage;
- 2 sweet peppers;
- 1 liter of broth;
- 1 onion;
- 1-2 cloves of garlic;
- 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil; - 1 teaspoon of red pepper;
Method of preparation
Cut the meat into small cubes and fry in vegetable oil, add chopped onion, shredded cabbage, rings of red sweet pepper, mushrooms, salt, pepper and garlic. Fry for 10-15 minutes, then transfer to the pots, pour the broth and put in the oven for half an hour.
Rice is cooked separately to the state of half-ready, then washed, dried and put in a pot of meat. Put the dish in the oven for a few more minutes.
Recipe 3: Chicken Rice
Chicken meat is much lighter and less caloric than mutton, pork or beef, in addition, its use does not greatly affect the family budget, so rice with chicken is very relevant and popular dish.
- 300 grams of chicken fillet;
- 3 cups of rice;
- 100 grams of ham;
- 3 sweet peppers,
- 2-3 onions,
- 4 tablespoons of sunflower oil,
- a few spoons of tomato paste;
- hot peppers,
Method of preparation
Fry the onions and sweet peppers in sunflower oil, add small pieces of meat, salt the dish and simmer for 15 minutes. Next, add the ham cubes and boiled rice, the dish is seasoned with sauce and put on the fire for 3-5 minutes.
Rice with meat - useful tips from experienced chefs
For cooking rice dishes that require prolonged heat treatment, use only crumbly rice varieties.
To make the color of rice and its taste beautiful and rich, use spices and herbs (pepper, papraka, saffron).
The ideal meat for rice is lamb boar, followed by lamb shoulder or back, pork neck, beef.