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CJ’s Special Rice

By CJ | October 25, 2009

CJ and his riceThis rice dish is so easy to cook and I really love it with a rare steak, but it can accompany anything from meat to fish, it’s great on its own or with some pita bread and it can be eaten hot or cold. A truly versatile dish that even a muppet could cook. Enjoy… CJ

CJ’s Special Rice – serves 4/6


Cooking instructions

  1. Finely chop the onion, garlic and mushrooms
  2. Put 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pan and heat gently. Add the garlic and onion and fry for a couple of minutes – stir occasionally and make sure it doesn’t burn.
  3. Add a small knob of butter, mushrooms, salt & pepper and add a pinch of garlic salt (optional but really tasty – be careful as G salt is very potent and not for the faint of heart). Also add a dash of soy sauce and cook all ingredients until soft and brown and remember to stir occasionally. Put the mixture aside for later.
  4. Before cooking the rice it’s important to wash it to get all of the starch out. Put the rice in a sieve and into a bowl of water and wash until the water is clear – you need to do this approximately three times.
  5. At this point prepare your water for cooking the rice. There are many ways to cook rice and I use the boil and drain method, to be honest it’s the best method for this dish. I prefer to use Basmati rice, hey I am Indian. Before adding the rice to the water you must add the veg stock cubes and salt and pepper. Once the stock has dissolved taste the water – you want your rice to absorb the flavour of the stock so if the water tastes good then your rice will have a nice flavour to it. Add the rice to the aromatic water, bring back to the boil and simmer for approximately 8-10 minutes. When cooking the rice you need to keep tasting it in the final minutes as it’s so easy to overcook. This rice dish only work if the rice isn’t overcooked and soggy. When the rice is ready, drain and put aside until you need it again – there’s no need to rinse the cooked rice and you have already done this before cooking. If you want more details about how to cook the perfect rice, follow this link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=dl1PfTy3C0E
  6. Special rice

  7. Add the cooked onions, mushrooms and garlic and rice to a large bowl. Dice the tomatoes and add them with the sweet corn, petit pois and the Schwartz Classic BBQ spice and mix well.
  8. You want your dish to have a nice flavour so feel free to add more spice (Salt, pepper, BBQ spice etc) if needed… and that’s it. You can serve it immediately at room temperature. I sometimes heat up the leftovers the next day, which is also delicious as by heating it again you release all those flavours again.

25 Responses to “CJ’s Special Rice”

  1. melx Says:
    October 25th, 2009 at 14:26

    yum…sounds tasty.

    Do you know how to make good egg fried rice? I’ve tried many times and it never comes out very nice……well nowhere near as good as my local Chinese takeaway anyway…..

  2. Gallifrey Seven Says:
    October 25th, 2009 at 18:41

    I’ll be trying this later in the week! 🙂

  3. Bobo Says:
    October 25th, 2009 at 19:13

    hmmm yum yum in my tum

  4. Damian Says:
    October 25th, 2009 at 19:53

    Oh yes. I’ll be making some of this. Keep ’em coming CJ.

  5. Soundog Says:
    October 26th, 2009 at 00:42

    Thanks CJ!

    Just got round to making the Pizza last weekend and loved it. Due to me being an almost completely inexperienced cook, it all took a while to prepare, but now that I got all those spices, I’m keen to use them on more of your recipes!

    That Sugo was excellent, my gf said that what really makes the Pizza stand out was the sauce – and she hadn’t even read your remarks on that. Looking forward to trying that rice – I second Damian, keep them coming!

  6. Sarah Says:
    October 26th, 2009 at 07:48

    Nice one CJ!! Was wondering what to do for dinner tonight and I have some chinese chicken that’ll go very nicely with this! Brilliant – you’ve actually got me cooking different stuff! Who’d have thought a bunch of Wildhearts fans would ever go mad in the kitchen?? LOL We must be getting old!! If this is as good as the pizza roll on tonight! 😀

  7. laura Says:
    October 26th, 2009 at 14:42

    i love this idea, might try it at the weekend.

    melx good egg fried rice is best made with rice from the day before, heat it in a wok, make a well, break eggs in then stir quickly to beat, perfect everytime

  8. Rob Polding Says:
    October 26th, 2009 at 14:50

    Gonna try this, shame I have to deviate from the recipe and use some lib caps I picked last weekend, was trying to think of the best way to eat them at a party this sat and this look scrummy! I’m sure the party attendees will love this 🙂

  9. melx Says:
    October 26th, 2009 at 15:55

    # laura, cheers for that, I’ll give it a try. 🙂

  10. nadj Says:
    October 26th, 2009 at 20:16

    Mmmm, this sounds good!

    Might try swapping the BBQ mix with some Old El Paso fajita powder. Very similar, but I’m an addict and gotta get my fix of the good stuff!

  11. sirrusty Says:
    October 26th, 2009 at 23:53

    So is this a taster for a CJ T.V cooking show? theres gotta be some milage with the bbc for some kind of “random celebs cooking on tour with the wildhearts reality show”??

  12. Bert Says:
    October 27th, 2009 at 12:05

    Sounds great CJ, now how about a reipe for this curry of yours that we keep hearing so much about? Gagging to try that!! Cheers and keep em’ coming!

  13. Luca Says:
    October 27th, 2009 at 17:43

    mmmh.. think i’ll try to cook it this WE
    thanx to master chef CJ!!!!!

  14. djwildheart Says:
    October 27th, 2009 at 17:47

    Been out and bought the spices this morning. Will definitely be trying this one CJ. 🙂

  15. Sarah Says:
    October 28th, 2009 at 10:12

    PS – I can vouch for the fact that it is delicious again reheated!!!! 😀

  16. tjk Says:
    October 28th, 2009 at 23:20

    a cj style curry sounds good to me!

  17. john loader Says:
    October 30th, 2009 at 23:40

    wot why no magic mushrooms? after all, tis that magical time o the year. haha.xxxx

  18. Nik Says:
    October 31st, 2009 at 13:11

    Hankering after this curry recipe too!!

  19. Damian Says:
    November 2nd, 2009 at 14:08

    The people have spoken, CJ. Curry recipe please.

  20. Bobo Says:
    November 3rd, 2009 at 21:58

    CJ, forget the rice dish, what is that spider picture in the background?!?

  21. Andy Hill Says:
    November 7th, 2009 at 13:42

    MELX – good egg fried rice …. Wash/cook/wash&chill the rice. It must be cold. Put oil in a pan/wok (the oil must be something with a high smoking point so you can get it real hot without it burning – like lard). Take an egg that you have already beaten (you might like to season this – i like a little soy sauce and white pepper). Chuck the rice in the pan and give it a good frying then turn of the heat, add the egg and stir it around so the hot rice cooks the egg. At this point you can chuck in other stuff if you want – veg, cooked meat, etc. Hope that helps.

  22. Andy Hill Says:
    November 7th, 2009 at 13:44

    CJ – great looking recipe … i’ve forwarded it to my Mom. Best wishes, Andy (aka Will’s Driver / the man with the burnt fingers in Wrexham (all those years ago)

  23. melx Says:
    November 8th, 2009 at 23:39

    Thanks Andy….. I think the forum needs a cookery section! lol…

  24. CD Says:
    November 29th, 2009 at 06:46

    Thanks Andy….. I think the forum needs a cookery section! lol…

  25. Susan Says:
    January 1st, 2010 at 17:58

    I think I need to marry CJ


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