Quick Bites: Cinnamon

Fragrant and delicious, cinnamon is a fantastic spice to use in quick and easy desserts.

It’s great in a rub for roasted, pan-seared or barbecued meats, sea foods, and vegetables.

And according to research, approved by the American Diabetic Association, cinnamon can help the body metabolize sugar so it increases insulin production and helps lower cholesterol.

Throw a teaspoon into your daily latte.

Enjoy!

Nina

Cardamon Rice

6 Cups Cooked Rice

There’s nothing more basic or delicious than fragrant white rice, particularly when you toss in a few smashed pods of cardamom. I prefer the fluffy long-grain varieties such as Basmati and jasmine, which are sold in Asian markets. The cooking time varies depending on the rice, so test the rice for doneness and cook until JUST tender. It will continue cooking even after being removed from the heat.

2 cups long-grain rice
3 pods cardamom, smashed with the flat side of a knife
3 1/4 cups water

  1. Put the rice in a bowl and, using your fingers as a rake, rinse the rice under cold running water to remove some of the talc. Drain the rice in a strainer.
  2. Put the rice, water, and smashed cardamom in a heavy, 2-quart saucepan with a lid. Heat, uncovered, to the boiling point. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer for about 12 to 15 minutes, or until the water has evaporated and craters appear on the surface. Remove from the heat and fluff lightly with a fork to separate the grains. Serve, or, if using for fried rice, spread the rice out in a thin layer on a tray. Let cool completely, cover with plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator overnight.

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SIMPLE RAITA

Makes 1 1/4 cups

1 cup non-fat, plain Greek strained yogurt
1/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon crushed dried chili flakes

In a small serving bowl, mix together the yogurt and water. Add the cumin and dried chili flakes and mix again. Serve with the roasted chicken, vegetable sambal, and rice.

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