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As a true Malagasy, rice is in my blood. It’s a staple that we eat every day, at every meal. We usually eat it plain, with meat or stew. Even though my husband is Malagasy as well , he refuses to eat plain rice, every day, at every meal. So the good wife that I am (right! ahaha!) quickly learned to use rice in many different ways.
We haven’t banned eating plain rice and sometimes, we make way too much! So, if it happens to you too, you are in luck! The recipes below use leftover rice and take under 15 minutes to make. The first one is a refreshing rice salad. Salads are often overthought. Personally, I have a formula for salad: I need crunch (cucumber and red bell pepper), acidity (sun dried tomatoes and lemon juice) and color (corn, tomatoes and basil). S-I-M-P-L-E!
Next is a fabulous fried rice, a curry fried rice. I use bacon as my meat and it gives the rice a wonderful smoky flavor. I caramelized the onions for sweetness and the carrots, peas, eggs and curry powder add a touch of color. This fried rice can be eaten as a side dish or just like that as a full meal.
One of my favorite dishes is Mushroom risotto. But as you know, risotto takes a long time to make and is a work of art. So I have come up with the next best thing to tame my risotto craving. I call it “Mushroom Fakesotto”. All the flavors are there without the hassle. What else can you ask for? Oh, I know! Arancini balls!