I happened across this package recently, and the blend of grains looked interesting. It cooks in a little over 10 minutes, so I decided to try it. I made it as a side to some Tandoori chicken, just adding a pinch of salt, and it was very plain. The taste of the grains was good, but still it just lacked something. Not to mention the chicken was a little disappointing also. Granted, I don’t have a clay oven, but I roasted it in parchment and it appeared to be heavily seasoned, but the taste was lacking (sorry, Penzey’s, but this blend needs work!).
So, what about the leftovers? Have you ever made crispy rice with leftover rice, topped with an egg? It is a wonderful Sunday breakfast. Just some butter or olive oil in a hot frying pan, then stir fry the cold rice until it gets as crispy, chewy and crunchy as you’d like. Plate it, topped with a fried egg, and you have an extraordinary breakfast. I decided to do the same with the grains, but added a little seasoning to the grains as they were stir frying. I used a pinch of Penzey’s Bicentennial Rub (coarse flake salt, Tellicherry black pepper, sugar, turmeric, minced orange peel and coriander). It probably could have used another pinch or two, but it turned the grains a lovely golden color and did enhance the flavor a bit. Overall, I was pleased with the grains and would probably purchase them again, remembering you really need to season well.