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Turmeric Rice Recipe

A container with yellow turmeric powder and dried chickpeas
Turmeric Rice with Chickpeas Recipe

 

Hello my friends, some interest was shown in the recipe for turmeric rice I cooked a few days ago. I added turmeric and cumin seeds as I love the flavor of cumin seeds.

So here goes,

Ingredients:

1 cup rice (I like Jasmine)

1 1/2 cups water or stock of your choice

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

1 teaspoon turmeric

1/2 can drained chickpeas

1/2 cup mixed vegetables, if you like

2 large cloves of garlic chopped

1 onion chopped

1 stalk celery chopped

salt, and pepper to taste

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                                        Turmeric and cumin seasoned rice.

Directions:

  • Add oil to skillet and heat.
  • Place onions and garlic to cook, once softened add cumin seeds to bloom (1 minute).
  • Add 1 teaspoon turmeric to cook, stirring constantly (do not allow to burn).
  • Add celery, salt, pepper, etc and any meat of your choice to sear at this time.
  • Finally add rice, stirring to allow to coat with seasonings and to fry for another minute.
  • Next add any other desired seasonings and your water or stock to pot.
  • Check flavor and allow rice to cook 2/3 way through.
  • Add chickpeas.
  • Lower flame and cover to allow rice to be complete cooking.
  • Serve according to your liking.

Update: September 2020 — I made turmeric rice and decided to post an update picture.

Turmeric rice with shrimp, steamed okra and mushrooms simmering in a pot.
Image credit: Justpene

 

Yellow rice cooked with turmeric in a white plate decorated with grape tomatoes and steamed okra.
Turmeric Rice with cumin seeds,  shrimp, mushrooms and Lima beans. Image credit: Justpene

 

Once rice has completely cooked and is still warm I added the bits of bacon and my spring onions.

The cumin seeds provide another dimension of flavor, when you bite the seeds they add  beautiful texture as well as taste.

I hope you like it.

Bon appetit!

I hope you enjoy!

 

 

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How to Grow Celery at Home

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This one is about 3 weeks old and recently planted in soil

My mother is the 3rd child and the first girl in her family of nine (9) children. She comes from a line of farmers.

Her father was a rice-farmer that primarily mass-produced rice for selling, but supplemented his income by farming other vegetables for everyday use.

He also raised cattle, sheep, pigs, a pond with fish while my grandmother raised chickens as meat birds, layers for eggs and yard chickens or free-range fowl.

The rice farm was located about six (6) miles from the home and during crop season my grandpa would often stay at his farm.

My mother’s 2 older brothers would wake early before school and go to the  farm to bring up the days cow’s milk for home use and for sale.

My grandpa also planted hearty root vegetables like yuca (cassava), eddoes, yams, etc. So my uncles would also bring to the house whatever he had reaped along with any fishes he had caught.

Back then life was hard work, so my mum learned how to grow plants from her father.

We currently live in Texas and since the weather is generally warm for about 4-5 months per year it is really conducive to planting. So she plants vegetables each year and she has become quite proficient at it.

So here she is planting celery leftover from cooking.

The Process:

Place the base of the root in a small cup or container with a third of water. The root base will remain in the water for up to two weeks.

Add more water as is necessary as some will be used by the plant and some will be evaporated.

Soon the leaves will begin to sprout from the center if the  heart and begin to thrive. It is a beautiful process, watching things grow.

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This base of the root is the part that is placed in water

The celery begin growing and sprouting roots. It will remain soaked in water for up to two weeks.

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we currently have 2 celery hearts in the process of growing. The smaller one is a week behind the larger one.

Purchase soil  for flowering plants indoor and outdoors and please ensure the roots are approximately two inches before planting in soil. we usually purchase our soil from Lowes or Walmart.

With moderate sunshine they should be available for eating very soon.

Celery takes a about 4 months to be ready but you can cut a few stalks here and there throughout the growing process.

When the plant grows to about 6 inches high is a reasonable time to start harvesting.

See update on how the celery plant is doing 2 weeks later here.

Use your judgement.

You may harvest a few stalks while the plant is maturing by pulling off a few outer ones, this leaves the inner hearts intact and they will continue to grow and flourish.

Benefits of Celery:

  • Reduce inflammation
  • Purported to reduce high blood pressure
  • Reduces LDL (bad cholesterol)
  • Helps detoxify your liver
  • Clears up your skin
  • Neurogenesis (helps grow new nerve cells)
  • Lots of fiber to help keep you regular

Celery is a sturdy plant that will keep growing throughout the year, just provide some moderate shade and enjoy!

Happy growing and happy eating.

Eat healthy, be well, be safe!

See update of how the celery plant is doing 2 weeks later here.