I was a weird kid.
I would read my encyclopedia for fun. Instead of an imaginary friend, I had an imaginary crayon factory.
And I hated bread.
Sandwiches in my lunch box would go uneaten. I was never tempted by the bread basket at restaurants.
But give me a bowl of rice, and I was in heaven.
Some things haven’t changed. I swapped my encyclopedia for Google and Wikipedia, and traded my coloring obsession for crochet. And while I’ve come around to bread, rice is still my first carbohydrate love.
I make it nearly every day. And lately, I’ve been making it this way.
The turmeric and black pepper add flavor and powerful anti-inflammatory benefits, and the lemon juice and cloves give the rice a tang that I love.
It also tastes great with plain yogurt, eaten while standing at the counter after a grueling dance class.
Golden Rice (adapted for What To Eat For How You Feel)
- 1 cup white basmati rice
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 4 cloves
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Soak the rice for 30 minutes. Rinse until the water runs clear.
- In a medium saucepan, bring 3 cups of water to boil. Add the rice, salt, pepper, turmeric, and cloves. Let boil for 2 minutes, and reduce the heat to low. Cover and let the rice simmer.
- Let the rice cook for 15-20 minutes. Once fully cooked, add the lemon juice and fluff with a fork.