A hectic daily schedule generally leaves me with very little time to whip up a hot meal at the end of the day. That’s why I like to spend the weekend getting things organized around the house and tending to winter chores; filling the wood rack on the front porch, checking the animals’ heat lamps, and fixing a crockpot meal to last me through the week. The following recipe allows me to utilize my lovely crockpot, as well as the wonderful combination of curry and coconut milk. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
7 Cloves of Garlic (chopped)
2 Heaping Teaspoons of Powdered Ginger
1 C Rice (Basmati, Jasmine, Sushi…your choice)
1 ½ C Water
1 Large Can of Crushed Tomatoes (28-30 oz)
1 Can of Coconut Milk (13-15 oz)
1-2 Tsps of Curry (heaping)
1-2 Tsps of Turmeric (heaping)
1. Sauté the chopped garlic, in a bit of olive oil, until it’s soft and lightly browned. Add the powdered ginger to the garlic and stir until it’s all mixed together.
2. Put all the rest of the ingredients into the crockpot while the garlic is cooking. Stir in the garlic and ginger when it’s finished cooking.
3. Mix everything well and turn the crockpot on high for an hour. Make sure the lid’s on tight so all your moisture doesn’t escape. You’ll have a lovely gooey rice stuck to the bottom if too much water is lost.
4. After an hour has passed, stir the concoction and turn the crockpot down to low for 45 to 60 minutes longer.
5. Salt to taste and thin with a bit of hot water, if you wish. You can also add peas or other veggies to the rice if you don’t want to eat it by itself.
There are plenty of alterations which can be made to this recipe to suit just about anyone’s tastebuds. Add a dash of red pepper flakes if you want a bit of spiciness. You can also omit the extra ½ cup of water if you want to add second can of coconut milk. Should you choose to use brown rice, be sure to add an extra cup of water and cook it longer. You might have to keep the crockpot on low for an hour to an hour and a half. I’ve never used brown rice in this recipe, so I’m not entirely sure about how the final product would turn out.
What crockpot recipe do you enjoy most during the winter time? If you try it please let us know how it turns out!