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".

Curried Rice Salad

There are days you don't want hot rice to go with your meal. A cold salad is what you are looking for. The first time I made this I thought "what a wonderful find". I made it for a holiday lunch that included my two best friends Nita and Vera and their husbands. Since Nita and her husband were vegetarians, I wanted to fix something really nice. This was it! They absolutely loved it.  I tried it with ham at another time, but I really like the vegetarian version best. But,  feel free to add 2-3 oz of chopped ham and make it into your one dish meal for a light lunch or dinner with a lovely glass of white wine. This is great served at room temperature.

1 cup long grain or basmati rice
2 1/2 cups water
4 cloves garlic (minced)
1 tsp of grated lemon zest
1/2 lb sugar snap peas
1 red bellpepper (diced)
1/2 cup green peas (fresh or frozen)
2/3 cup plain yogurt
3 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp mayonnaise
3tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp of ground ginger
1 1/2 cups cherry tomatoes (cut in half optional)
1/2 cup dark raisins
2 tbsp sliced almonds
salt to taste

In a large sauce pan or rice cooker, combine rice, water, garlic, lemon and salt. Rice cooker: cook rice according to cooker instruction. Sauce Pan: bring to a boil in high heat, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook until rice is done (15-17 minutes). Remove from heat and stir to allow rice to cool.

In a large pot, boil water and blanch snap peas, bell pepper, and peas for approximately 30 seconds. Drain and submerge in cold water or ice bath to stop cooking process.  This allows the vegetables hold its bright color.

In a large bowl, whisk yogurt, lemon juice, mayonnaise, curry powder, ginger and season with salt. When blended. When rice is cool, add to the yogurt mixture with snap peas, bell pepper and peas. Stir and combine well.  Before serving stir in raisins, almonds and cherry tomatoes.

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