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Exotic Rice With Tropical Fruits

Melissa's picture
This episode is all about the SIDES!! Watch Melissa make a Tropical Meal where the side dishes take center stage, while explaining how her inspiration came to her during a vacation...
Ingredients
  Long grain rice/Basmati rice 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Papaya 1⁄2 , scooped
  Canned pineapple chunks 8 Ounce (1 Small Can)
  Chicken stock 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Onion 1 Small, finely chopped
  Garlic cloves 3 , finely chopped
  Star fruit 1 , sliced into star-shaped slices
  Shredded coconut 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Butter 3 Tablespoon
  Salt To Taste
  Pepper To Taste
Directions

GETTING READY
1) Chop 1/3 papaya scoops and pineapple chunks and set aside for the rice. Reserve the rest for the fruit salad.

MAKING
2) In a medium size pot, add the rice in chicken stock or water with 1 tablespoon butter over a medium heat and bring to a boil.
3) Then lower the heat to a simmer, stir once, cover with a tight-fitting lid and cook for about 20 minutes.
4) Meanwhile, in another pan saute the onion and garlic in 2 tablespoons butter over a medium-low heat for just a few minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, stir often until soft and lightly golden.
5) In another pan, toast some of the coconut stirring continuously over a medium heat until golden.
6) After the rice is cooked, stir the papaya, pineapple, onion and garlic into the rice until thoroughly mixed.

FINALIZING
7) In a bowl, combine rest of the pineapple, papaya, toasted coconut and a little of the pineapple juice to make a cool exotic fruit salad.

SERVING
8) Garnish the rice with star fruit slices and serve with the fruit salad.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Very Easy
Cuisine: 
American
Method: 
Steamed
Ingredient: 
Rice, Fruit
Interest: 
Quick, Healthy
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
35 Minutes
Servings: 
2
Story
It might seem like a foreign concept heating a pre-prepped main course, but sometimes... it's a life saver. Not only is the pressure off, but you can use your saved time/money to make some kickass side dishes!
Exotic rice with tropical fruits, as the name sounds funky, it will blow you away with its amazing taste and texture. The rice tastes awesome and hither and thither there are pieces of fruit which keep surprising your tantalizing taste buds. A nice dish for those who like to experiment with exotic flavors.

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7 Comments

Joe.Bush's picture
Folks Melissa's recipes are always the best. First I started watching them for her fun presentation, but then I tried them and they turned out delicious. Watch out for my report on this seemingly easy, cheap and delicious dish.I am sure you know that Melissa was recently featured on front page of youTube and also appeared on Phili TV.The spidy looks changed a bit - getting in touch with dark side? Whats up with "mildly attractive" - very attractive is the right phrase I guess.   
Melissa's picture
very AWESOME is how I describe my besest friend ever! Thanks Joe!
admin's picture
This recipe rocks. I tried the Tropical rice (did not add fruits though) and felt like I was in mini Vacation to Hawaii!!With Regards, ifood.tv Admin
khau.khan's picture
melisaa - who does your hair - awesome also will you evern cook with boyfriend - why not have an episode in which he cooks once or why not cook with a chef on ifood - i think chef shakti lives in new jersey too - you both should do 2 for ten , indian style !  
Hyde.Ray's picture
This is cool. How are you getting so famous? whats the trick?
Melissa's picture
You know, you'd think it was the pact I made with the dark Lord Satan, right? LOL... if I had a "trick", I swear I'd share it. I'm just getting VERY lucky VERY quickly. Viva la INTERNET!
Ganesh.Dutta's picture
Really a very wonderful recipe of tropical rice. Love the inclusion of fruits. Presentation style is no doubt awesome. This recipe video of tropical rice is showing simple and easy way to cook. So this is really very interesting. Thanks Melissa for posting this nice recipe of tropical rice and fruits.