Friday, July 6, 2012

Red Rice Porridge

Bhutan was isolated from modern society until the 1960s, so they have a unique culture that is still deeply etched into the lives of the people. The protection of their culture is also kept intact because they charge $250 a day for visiting foreigners. A week in Bhutan would cost you close to $2000 without the cost of a hotel, food, and souvenirs. The air you'd breathe there would be clean there because tobacco is illegal. Also, unlike many countries, inheritance is passed down the female line. That is so opposite from nearby India or any other Asian country.

I made red rice porridge this morning. The recipe I found said to boil the rice for 5 whistles. I have no idea what that is supposed to mean. The people of Bhutan must be very long- winded because their whistles last 45 minutes.
Also, cheese and chilies are very popular in Bhutan. It sounds weird, but I thought it was decent.


1/3 cup red rice
2.5 tbsp millet
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 cup cheese (I used farmer's cheese, but I think feta would be more appropriate.)
1/4 tsp chili powder

Cover rice and millet with 2 inches of water. Let it soak overnight.
The next morning, bring the rice and millet to a boil. Turn down the heat and simmer until it has the consistency of thick oatmeal. (I had to add more water. It took about 45 minutes.)
Top with cheese and seasonings.

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