Be healthy…

My foster-cousin gave me this sometime ago…

Dayak new unpolished rice

Some native workers at the construction site where the husband was working gave it to him but he and the daughter would not eat it as they were quite put off by the colour, so she gave it to me.

This is the rice that they planted themselves in theirΒ padi (rice) fields, quite recently harvested and not totally polished – that explains the colour and it is supposed to be a lot healthier than those white rice sold commercially. When I was young, my mother used to buy from the shops and cook for us and I had no problem eating that (Ah well! I guess everybody knows that I do not have Β a problem eating most things, hence the shape and the size! LOL!!!) but if I remember correctly, what we had when I was young was of a very much darker shade of red than this. Perhaps, this was partially polished, not completely unpolished…so that some folks would not find the colour too different for their liking.

For some reason known only to her, my missus just left the bag of rice sitting there on the kitchen table and did not bother to cook it at all. Eventually, I decided to take things into my own hands and took a bit of it to cook some sweet potato porridge for breakfast the other morning…

STP's sweet potato porridge 1

I think I had a post on cooking the porridge sometime ago, I’m not too sure now but anyway, it is very easy to do so. I just used the rice cooker – one cup of rice to 6 parts water…and I added some sweet potatoes, cut into cubes and two slices of ginger. You may wish to add more if it pleases you but I, for one, would not like things with an extra-strong ginger taste. What I do know is that when my mum cooked sweet potatoes in syrup (water, sugar added) and pandan (screwpine) leaves, she would add a bit of ginger. She said that it was to counter the “coldness” of the sweet potatoes. Do keep stirring and when the water has started boiling, you must leave the lid open a little bit so that it will not boil over and make a miserable mess. You may wish to add a bit of salt and msg, according to taste or a chicken or ikan bilis (dried anchovies) stock cube or granules. I would have put in some pandan leaves for added fragrance but unfortunately, when the people came to do the renovation works on the house recently, they had to remove the plant at the back of the house and right now, I am still in the process of re-planting but it is not big enough at the moment.

I would prefer my porridge to be a bit mushy but I was too hungry and could not wait any longer. I had it with some salted egg and leftover canned stewed pork that I found in the fridge…

STP's sweet potato porridge 2

…and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed that sumptuous breakfast which I had that morning.

Now, I do not think this is all that healthy but on another morning, I had some prawn curry left. I usually buy that from my regular Malay food stall at Bandong and they are very generous with the curry gravy. Well, rather than letting it all go to waste, I thought I could boil some noodles and eat it with the curry and I did…

Curry prawn noodles 1

I did add some fish cake that my sister-in-law gave us, thinly-sliced and I also added some salt as I thought that once the noodles were added to the curry gravy, it would render it somewhat bland.

Curry prawn noodles 2

So, was it nice? I’m sure anyone can tell from the look of it that it most certainly was… Yummmmm!!! LOL!!!

Author: suituapui

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25 thoughts on “Be healthy…”

  1. oh i can cook that since i have some leftover curry in the fridge! and i bought some shrimp this noon! yeah. but for now, i need to go to bed as my stomach is growling reading this. tsk

    LOL!!! Sleep tight! You can cook that for breakfast when you wake up in the morning…like I did. Hehehehe!!! πŸ˜‰

  2. yummeh… some are purple in color and i likey… neway, sometimes we put the potatoes into rice also and it is very fragrant… nice nice…comfort food…

    Oh? Never tried that… I hear they have health benefits so more and more people are eating and as a result, the prices are going up and up… 😦

  3. Well it looks like yin and yang..
    first you show us the poor man healthy food .. the porridge..
    then later the big curry prawns… which is high in cholesterol ….
    I don’t like to eat plain porridge with sweet potato and salty egg….
    but my parent love it a lot.. they say that it is simple and plain…

    Poor man, long ago…now they’re so expensive. They have those from the Philippines, China or worse, Japan that ware worth their weight in gold. Very expensive, only rich people can afford. Prawns, they say if you do not eat the head, it is ok – all the cholesterol is there. I wouldn’t know how true that is…but I guess it isn’t too bad indulging in it once in a while – they’re too expensive to eat too often, anyway.

    Wah…you so rich…so of course, you will not want to eat simple and plain porridge with sweet potatoes and salted egg, for no class people one. Hehehehehe!!!! πŸ˜‰

    1. Nowadays sweet potatoes aint’ cheap anymore…
      That day my mum got 2~3 pcs of organic sweet potatoes and it cost her abt RM8..
      I told her that you could eat chicken drumstick rice….

      Ya…nowadays, all the poor man’s favourites have become the rich man’s ones…and all so expensive that the poor man cannot afford to eat anymore. So sad.

  4. it is rough right? certainly it is healthier with the fibre thing which could help the digest system. hahaha but cook as porridge? i never eat that before! haha

    It was nice as a porridge…but one thing I noticed, it would not get soft and mushy like ordinary rice. I like lumpy porridge – good for old people with no teeth! LOL!!! πŸ˜€

  5. The huge prawns… owh…

    LOL!!! They’re not really that big – must be the angle of the photos. Nothing like our freshwater udang galah – or what the Chinese call tua thow hay (big headed prawns). πŸ˜‰

  6. Your curry meat certainly looks awesome. For porridge, I prefer plain to go with the salty eggs. Yummy!!!….Drooliinggggggggggggggggggg. Have a great weekend, Arthur.

    Why? Nothing really special leh… Simple breakfast only. Hehehehehe!!! πŸ˜‰

  7. Opsss!!!.typing error. Should be curry mee with the prawns.

    Ya…I was wondering what meat you were talking about. LOL!!! Thinking of what you want to eat for brunch? πŸ˜€

  8. Your missus could be like me. Habis the rice in the tong first before using new rice.

    Probably. Then, both rice = old rice liao… LOL!!!

  9. The porridge with sweet potatoes is just perfect for me now! πŸ™‚

    Yes, yes. Too bad you’re not in Sibu…nor am I in Ipoh or I could cook and send over to you to eat… πŸ˜‰

  10. Ooooo…I would love the porridge too especially with the salted eggs..yums! Just had that last week actually but had to do without the salted egg…mahal lar. NZ$2.00 sebijik! However, that rice is suitable to cook porridge kah? It won’t ‘nua’ as normal rice, right? As for the curry mee, so clever of you to do that..tak terfikir I to do!

    Me memang clever mah! Creative and innovative and nothing goes to waste. Hehehehehehe!!!!! Yup, the porridge will not turn soft and mushy – actually Melissa likes it like that. I’m ok with it but I prefer my porridge seketul-ketul… Muahahahahaha!!!!! What!!! Our salted egg 70 sen, gone up 80 sen, I already grumble like hell. Apuuuuuuu….over there, RM5.00! *faints!!!!*

  11. Ohmy! the porridge looks delicious! Actually i dnt really like those type of rice! >.< dunno why but it taste weird to me. kekeke

    Tastes the same leh – like rice…or porridge but a bit coarse. People eat those whatever fibre wheatmeal or whatever meal…supposed to be healthy (I always think they’re like horse food) and will not grow fat – the same lah! In fact, at least, this one’s a whole lot nicer…and not so expensive.

  12. It is rough but definitely healthier!
    Can eat once in a while to maintain our health la…but I don’t think I can bear eating it everyday!

    I guess one can get used to it eventually… Don’t usually see it in the shops though – maybe not so easily available…or shops do not want to stock up on it as few people will buy.

  13. Beautiful Photography!

    Thanks for your compliment. Not really into photography – I just use a compact digital camera and snapped away. Thanks also for dropping by and commenting. Do come again. πŸ™‚

  14. the prawns do look really good. Very nice colours on it πŸ™‚ .. yum yum

    Some days I am lucky…and the photos come out looking great. Hehehehehe!!! πŸ˜‰

  15. oh sweet potatoes porridge and somemore with those coarse rice, yummy!! and i actually wonder why coarse rice is more expensive than normal polished rice.. it’s less processed right, so they should be cheaper!! really can’t get the logic…

    I suppose fewer people buy, so the price goes up – to cover the costs…or they’re cashing in on the health freaks who are willing to pay more to eat well and live longer? πŸ˜‰

  16. OH, nevermind the big prawns, just give me that bowl of porridge and saltish eggs and I will have a million-dollar smile on my face.

    A welcome break from all the western food you’re having every day over in the states? πŸ˜‰

    1. You got it my friend. If I were to move back to the states, I guess cooking at home is my option. Luckily I have learnt how to cook two years ago. Thanks to my Quay Lo.

      Definitely very much cheaper and a whole lot nicer that way. πŸ˜‰

  17. mum eat those ‘red rice”, everytime we are home, she said she scare my boys don’t know how to eat those rice, we are too pamper with white rice. Somtime she will cook those 4 grain or 5 grain rice, more healthy, but not nice to eat. *blek*

    LOL!!! You are also as pampered as your kids. This is supposed to be healthy…like all the imported health foods at the supermarket, all the muesli bars and what not – so expensive some more…and to me, they’re like food for the horses. LOL!!! Not for me, thank you. πŸ˜€

  18. Aijor…macam for people under the weather..LOL!!!

    Sometimes after all the rich and heavy food, eating this is a welcome relief – refreshing and nice.

  19. Hi, your breakfast is excellent, love the salted egg. But it’s more like a lunch than breakfast. LOL

    Ya…looks like it, doesn’t it? But some (old) people have porridge for breakfast. For me, it’s something different for a change…

  20. Sweet potatoes in porridge. I love it that way. Nicely eaten with some salted egg and black dace fish πŸ˜€

    My missus loves black dace fish – I’m just ok with it…but anyway, we’ve stopped eating ever since there was some warning on it regarding some harmful content.

  21. haha for me, I’ll probably just give this rice away. I also don’t like to eat healthy grains. I still like the white basmati rice though it’s not healthy as this.

    My favourite is our local Bario hill rice and they say, it tops the unhealthy list! 😦

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