I love rice and so does my husband. We try to find different ways to prepare and enjoy this wonderful food. Through time, we found hundreds of recipes, some simple and some exotic, and have enjoyed preparing them. We've found some real winners, which I have published on this blog and some that are not so great, which are in my personal "do not" repeat folder. I have created this site to share those memorable dishes - which are all about this wonderful food called "rice".

Stuffed Eggplant - India Style

My husband and I both love eggplant and I try to find as many ways to prepare it.  I found several recipes for stuffed eggplant, but I found them to be very un-interesting till I found this one.  Of course, had to make it my own by making some adjustments to the ingredients and cooking method. This is really great with rice.  I tried with ground lamb and it was fabulous.  It is also great with ground beef.  So try it both ways and see which one you like the best. 

Remember, nothing is set in stone. Try this recipe and adjust to suit your own taste.


2 medium eggplants
2 tbsp of olive oil
3 tbsp of canola or vegetable oil
1 medium onion (minced)
1 1/2 tsp ginger pulp/paste (or minced)
2 tsp chilli powder
1 1/2 tsp ground coriander
3 tsp garlic pulp (or minced)
1/4 tsp tumeric
1 large tomato (finely chopped)
1 lb of ground lamb or beef
1 medium green bellpepper (chopped)
1 medium red bellpepper (chopped)
2 tbsp chopped cilantro
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350F. Cut eggplants in half lengthwise and scoop out the flesh (save for future use or discard). Make sure you do not remove too close to the bottom skin or the eggplant will trear when you fill it.  Heat the canola oil in a pan and lightly fry the eggplant pieces on both sides.  When the skin is starting to brown (2-3 minutes), remove and place in an ovenproof baking dish.

In a saucepan, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil and fry the onion until golden brown  Add the ginger, chilli powder, garlic, tumeric, and ground coriander. Stir continuously for approximately 1 minute, do not let spices burn.  Add tomatoes and continue to stir and fry for another 4-5 minutes.  Add ground lamb/beef, season with salt and pepper; continue to stir until meat is brown.  Add the chopped peppers and cilantro. Stir until well mixed.  Remove from heat. 

Spoon mixture into each eggplant shell. Do not worry about overfilling or creating a mound.  Brush the edges and outside of eggplant shell with remaining olive oil.   Cover loosely with foil and bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes.  During the last 10 minutes of cooking, remove the foil to allow the top to brown. Serve with basmati rice.

Kashmiri Style Chops

The cooking method to this is pretty I had to try. It came out really great! I paired it up with the wild rice and mushroom pilaf and it was dinner. So simple.  I know it sounds very different, but I recommend it, you will not be disappointed.

6 pork chops or lamb chops
1 piece cinnamon bark
1 bay leaf
1 tsp fennel seed
1/2 tsp peppercorns
4 green cardamon pods (pierced)
3 1/2 cups of milk (use whole)
1 cup plain yogurt
2 tbsp flour
1 1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 1/2 tsp of ginger pullp
1 tsp garlic pulp
1 tsp garam masala
salt and pepper
enough oil to fry chops

In a large sauce pan, place chops with milk, cinnamon bark, bay leaf, fennel seeds, peppercorns, cardamom pods, and salt. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat and continue to cook for another 15 minutes or until chops are cooked through.

In a bowl, mix yogurt, flour, chilli powder, ginger pulp, garlic pulp, garam masala, salt and pepper. Mix until well blended.  Remove the chops from the milk and coat with the spicy yogurt mixture.

Heat oil in a frying pan. Make sure oil is not smoking or very hot. Use medium to low heat. Add the chops, fry until one side is golden brown, turn them over and brown the other side. When done, transfer to a serving dish and serve with lime quarter and your favorite rice.

NOTE: To make it spicier, just increase the chilli powder, garlic and ginger pulp, and garam masala in the spicy yogurt mixture to suit your taste.

Wild Rice and Mushroom Pilaf

If you are looking for something that is healthy and watching your glycemic index, this dish is for you.  Oh....and even better, it is delicious!  I combined it with the Kashmiri pork chops and yummmm! I've made it with and without the wild rice and it is still delicious.  I did a mix of wild mushrooms, but if that is not available, any mushroom mix (cremini, white button, etc.) works great as well.
Again, save time and use your trusty rice cooker, if you don't have one, I recommend investing in one if you fix rice at least twice a week. Check out the ones that are on my google ads.


2/3 cups wild rice
11/2 cups vegetable stock
2 tblsp olive oil
2 tbsp butter
1 onion (minced)
3 garlic cloves (minced)
1 1/4 cups basmati rice
10 1/2 oz mixed mushrooms (sliced)
1 1/2 tbs chopped thyme
1 bay leaf
toasted pine nuts for garnish
minced parsley for garnish
salt and pepper to taste

In a sauce pan cook wild rice in plenty of boiling water for 25 minutes. Drain. Add wild rice and vegetable stock to rice cooker.

Heat butter and olive oil in a frying pan, add onion, bay leaf and garlic. Cook until onions have softened, but not brown (approximately 3-4 minutes).  Add the basmati rice and stir until rice is well coated; add the mushroom and continue to stir for approximately 1 minute. Transfer contents of pan to the rice cooker. Stir to mix well and turn rice cooker on to finish the cooking process.

When rice is done, salt and pepper to taste, then toss with pine nuts and parsley.

NOTE: If you do not have a rice cooker, combine everything in a pot on top of the stove and bring to a boil. Stir the contents and cover tightly. Reduce the heat to simmer and continue to cook for another 15 minutes or until stock has been completely absorbed and rice is tender.

Eggplant and Red Bell Pepper Stir Fry

We love eggplant at my house. In London, my husband got really tickled that every where we went, this wonderful vegetable was called aubergine.  There are so many different versions: large, baby, Japanese, Indian, and white, just to name a few. I could probably do a blog on eggplants alone. I try to find just as many ways to prepare eggplants.  I found this in an old Chinese cookbook and revised to fit the American palate. This is really great and so easy to prepare.  It goes great with Chinese barbeque or fried pork chops and of course rice.

Another really pretty dish to make.

3 tbsp olive or canola oil
3 garlic cloves (minced)
2 regular eggplants or 3 Japanese eggplants (cut diagonally)
1 tsp cider vinegar
1 red bell pepper sliced into strips
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp sugar
1 tbsp cilantro (chopped)
Salt and pepper

Heat oil in a deep pan. Add garlic and stir fry for approximately 1 minute. Add the eggplant, continue to stir fry for another 30-45 seconds until the eggplant is coated with oil and garlic.  Add the bell pepper strips and continue to stirring.  When the eggplant pieces appear softened, add soy sauce, vinegar and sugar.  Continue stirring and allow to cook for another 2 minutes.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  When done, remove from heat, toss lightly with cilantro.

Sweet-Spicy Mexican Meatballs

This is a great recipe! I've made this for special ocassions and those potluck lunches at the office.  This is really a very easy dish, but it does take some time since you make your own meatballs.  I have made it with pre-made meatballs and it does work if you want to do that.  The homemade meatballs have more flavor since you add some wonderful spices and raisins.

This is not your everyday Tex-Mex dish. This gives you a glimpse of another part of the Mexican culture.  Serve it with the Cilantro Lime Rice and fried plantains and you have an authentic south of the border menu. 

1/2 lb of ground beef
1/2 lb of ground pork
1/4 cup finely crushed tortilla chips
1 egg (slightly beaten)
1 onion (minced)
6 garlic cloves (minced)
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
3 tbsp raisins
1 tbsp dark brown sugar
1 tbsp cider vinegar
1 14oz can of tomatoes  (drained and finely chopped)
1 1/4 cup beef bouillon
1-2 tbsp chili powder (if you use 1tbsp, increase paprika by 1 tbsp)
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp cilantro (chopped)
1 tbsp mint (chopped)
2 tbsp of olive or canola oil (plus additional for frying meatballs)
2 sweet potatoes (peeled and chopped in bite-size pieces)
salt and pepper to taste

In a bowl mix the pork, beef, tortilla chips, egg, half the onion, half the garlic, cumin, cinnamon and raisins. Mix ingredients well. Using a spoon, separate even amounts of the meat mixture and create into meatballs. In a pan, add enough oil to fry the meatballs.  When the oil is heated, fry the meatballs. Avoid overcrowding as you cook.  Once the meatballs are brown, set them aside.

In a food processor or blender, combine brown sugar, vinegar, tomatoes, bouillon, chilli powder, paprika, and the rest of the onions and garlic. Process until well blended. then add the cilantro and mint.

You can use the same skillet that you fried the meatballs. Use 2 tbsp of oil (remove excess) from the pan. Once the oil is heated, add the chopped sweet potatoes and cook until tender and light golden brown. Add the sauce from the food processor and meatballs.  Cook for approximately 10 minutes until the sauce is hot and the meatballs are heated  through. This gives the flavors a chance to combine.  Season with salt and pepper.