This week's star pairing recipe for köfte is "Rice with Butter". In Turkey, making the rice pilaf is a serious matter. There people say, if you can make the pilaf with all rice grains separated, you can almost make any dish. Turks take this so seriously and in the old days prospective mothers in law asked their bride candidates if they can properly cook rice pilaf.
Since rice is a food that is almost all starch, if you don't adjust your ingredients correctly, it could look like porridge. You surely don't want to cook your rice like sticky baby food. On the other hand, if you make a good rice pilaf, you will want to have the second plate.
Don't worry, we'll tell you the ingredients and techniques you need to make this delicious rice. Tricks: The type of rice is very important when making rice pilaf. Baldo rice is usually used in Turkey. Baldo Rice is a short and plump shape rice with a slightly higher starch content.
Therefore, you should not put too much water. Otherwise your pilaf will get mushy. If you want to take less risk, you can also use Basmati rice that is used in Middle Eastern cuisine. Because of its thin and long structure, rice is less starchy and does not get mushy easily. For the best taste we would still recommend short and plump shape rice, except those used in Sushi and Risotto.
Let's begin with the recipe!
Prep. Time: 15 min.
Cooking Time: 20 - 25 min. (Depends on the rice type)
Servings: 4 Yields
6.3 oz Rice (Washed)
2 Tbsp Orzo
1.5 Cups Chicken Broth (Hot)
2 Tbsp Butter
1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
½ Tsp Salt
Place butter and vegetable oil into a large saucepan. Add orzo and roast for about 2-3 minutes until it has a light color. Then, add rice to the saucepan and roast the orzo together until rice gets a transparent color (2-3 min.). Finally, add a hot chicken broth and salt; cook for 10-12 minutes over low heat in a closed saucepan. When the rice has grain, it means that the water has been absorbed. Cover the saucepan with a paper towel for steeping, then close the saucepan lid and let the rice to steep.
Serve the stewed buttered rice pilaf without waiting and enjoy this taste with Köfte!