Banaue Rice Terraces
Banaue Rice Terraces
Get this quick and easy Philippine-style rice recipe from The Amazing Food Challenge.
  • Difficulty Level Easy
  • Technique Steaming
  • Preparation Time 5 minutes
  • Cooking Time 55 minutes
  • Yield 4 servings
  • 1 cup Banaue Rice (or any rice of your preference)
  • 2 cups Water
  • 5 cloves of Garlic, finely chopped
  • Large piece of fresh Ginger, about the size of two thumbs, finely chopped
  • Salt – to taste
  • Cooking oil for the garlic and ginger
  1. Lightly oil a large saucepan and over a low heat, cook the garlic, ginger and rice until fragrant
  2. Once you can smell the pleasant aroma of garlic and ginger, add the water and bring to a boil
  3. As soon as the water is boiling, turn the heat down to a low heat. Cover with the lid and simmer for 20 minutes (white rice) or 30 minutes (brown/wild grain rice)
  4. Do not lift the lid while cooking, as this releases the steam and affects the cooking time
  5. Start checking the rice around 18 minutes for white rice and 30 minutes for brown rice. When done, the rice will be firm but tender, and no longer crunchy. It is fine if it's slightly sticky but shouldn't be gummy. If there is still water left in the pan when the rice is done, tilt the pan to drain it off
  6. Turn off the heat and let stand a few minutes, covered. This steams the rice just a little more
  7. Remove the lid and fluff the rice with a spoon or a fork, and let it sit for a few moments to "dry out" and lose that wet, just-steamed texture
  8. Serve the rice as you wish or try creating the Banaue Rice Terraces to add a bit of creativity to the dish
  2. Using a small rice bowl, scoop out the rice and turn out the rice onto a place to look like a dome
  3. Take a plastic spatula or something with a smooth, flat-edge and gently push in the sides of the rice, one on top of the other to create ascending steps
  4. Scatter freshly torn leaves such as coriander along the steps to create the illusion of foliage and serve!

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