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Rice and shrimps, nice and easy...
Rice and shrimps make a perfect combination. This recipe makes use of this combination to create a delicious main course dish in around 30 minutes.
Apart from the taste you will particularly love the fact that it is, beyond any doubt, an extremely easy to cook dish. Furthermore, it is a healthy recipe as you can see in the Nutritional Information table at the bottom of this page.
It can be served both for lunch and dinner but also for brunch as well. It is an oriental/Asian style of food that everybody likes. The fluffiness of the rice and the tenderness of the shrimps make this delicious recipe irresistible. The tomato paste and the white wine give that extra kick which will leave you with empty plates licking your spoons!
If you love shrimps, like we do, then this is a recipe you must consider cooking often! Let us share it with you then. Please have a look and we will be more than happy if you could leave us your comments telling us whether you tried it, if you liked it or not, possible variations etc.
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Serves two people
For the shrimps:
- 400gr shrimps, medium sized
- 1/2 glass white wine
- 1 piece tomato, crushed
- 50gr tomato paste, dissolved in 1/2 glass of water
- parsley, finely chopped
For the rice:
- 1 cup rice, long grain
- 1 piece vegetable stock cube
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
Instructions for the shrimps
- In a frying pan, cook the shrimps in a bit of olive oil for a couple of minutes. If your shrimps are not preheated, cook until they turn pink
- Add the wine and let it evaporate
- Add the crushed tomato and the tomato paste
- Stir and cook until the sauce thickens and remove from heat
- Add the parsley and stir a bit more
- Add salt and pepper
- Let it stand
Instructions for the rice
- Boil the rice in 2 1/2 glasses of water
- Add gradually the lemon juice, salt, pepper and the vegetable stock cube and stir
- Let it boil until water is absorbed
As soon as your rice and the shrimps are both ready you can mix them up in a bowl and serve. You can then rest assured that your guests will praise your cooking abilities as soon as they taste it! Enjoy...
Rice traditions and facts
Rice is the number one food in the world. The most important one, way above wheat, corn and bananas. It is the main food intake for almost 3 billion people and corresponds to 20% of calories consumed by people.
In Asia, more than 3 billion people take 70% of their calories from rice. More than 520 million tonnes of rice are produced every year and more than 1/10 of arable plots are used for rice crops which, from an environmental point of view, constitute perfectly balanced ecosystems.
There exist more than 120000 different varieties of rice which have white, black and red grains. It grows almost everywhere; from the flooded valleys of Bangladesh and Japan to the Himalayas and the desserts in Egypt and Australia.
It is also believed that it was first planted in China 10000 years ago. The oldest rice related finding is 7000 years old and it was discovered in Zheijiang district. It has to do with grains of rice that were white colored as long as they were under the ground and became black a few minutes after they were exposed to light.
A chinese myth says that in ancient times, a deadly virus was spread in the country. Deity Buono, seeing its people suffering, sacrificed all his teeth throwing them in a swamp. Water transformed his teeth into seeds that grew up and gave thousands of rice plants. Rice symbolises prosperity ever since. It is still a tradition in many countries to throw rice on newly married couples as a wish for eternal happiness.
It is believed that rice was taken to ancient Greece and the surrounding areas from soldiers returning from Alexander the Great’s campaign in India around 344-324 B.C and from there, rice plotting was expanded in the whole Europe and north Africa. Other traditions say that it was taken to Europe after the Arabs invasion in Spain. Up until the Medieval era, rice was considered to be a spice and was used in the form of flour to make soups thicker or as a base for cosmetic products. It was also widely used as a medicine to cure various intestinal problems but was soon added to diet to confront starvation of the peoples.
Denis Dinkledj from New Jersey on August 13, 2020:
I should obviously try it)