I don’t like to take short cuts. If I don’t know how to make something myself, it’s just a challenge to be mastered.
No, I’m sorry, that’s not the truth. You see, I do like to make things from scratch and I get a lot of enjoyment from it. Unfortunately, when there are three meals a day to fit in and a whole host of other things do, mainly involving children, it’s just not possible.
Recently I was asked if I’d like to try Merchant Gourmet‘s Indian and Thai Ready to Eat Flavoured Grains. As I love Indian and Thai flavours, I was happy to try them out. The grains come in individual pouches containing one serving each. You can eat the grains cold or heat them for a short time in the microwave. They can be served just as they are as a side dish or can be used as an ingredient in another dish.
I chose to eat the Thai grains, which are a mixture of wheatberries and black rice flavoured with coconut milk, ginger and kaffir lime strands, as part of a salad. I served them on top of some roasted aubergine with broccoli and leftover chicken. I just squeezed a little fresh lime over it to bring it all together. Except for the grains, the ingredients were all leftovers and it took less than 5 minutes to plate it up for a quick and easy lunch.
The Indian grains are a mixture of basmati rice, pearl barley and chickpeas, flavoured with chilli, ginger and cumin. I stuffed the grains inside a roasted yellow pepper and served it with a big dollop of houmous on the side. Delicious and also very easy.
So, how would you have eaten these grains?