Sweet pineapple and salty ham combine to make this Hawaiian rice luau worthy!
· 1 c. basmati rice (or 2 cups cooked leftover rice of choice)
· 1 ½ c. water (skip this ingredient if you already have cooked rice)
· 2 Tbs. coconut oil (your rice will really soak up the coconut oil quickly so use a non-stick pan)
· ½ c. onion, chopped
· 1 tsp. ginger, freshly grated (or can substitute for ¼ tsp. dried, ground ginger)
· 2 cloves garlic, minced
· ½ c. ham, sliced thin (can use deli ham, spam, or fresh ham)
· ½ c. desiccated coconut, shredded (can use fresh shredded coconut)
· 1 – 2 tsp. chicken powder, to taste (this is chicken bouillon in powder form)
· ¼ tep. White pepper, to taste
· 1 c. pineapple, chopped fresh (can exchange with canned pineapple)
· Macadamia nuts, toasted and crushed (for garnish – optional)
· 2 Tbs. green onions, chopped for garnish
1. The day or two before, wash your rice thoroughly. Add 1 cup of basmati rice and 1.5 cups of water to your pan and cover and simmer for 12 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to sit for 10 minutes. Fluff rice with fork. One cup of basmati rice when cooked will yield about 2 and ¾ cup rice. Allow rice to completely cool and place in the refrigerator overnight. (You can use other leftover rice as well like Jasmine or short grain rice.)
2. Toast your coconut in a non-stick skillet until in is toasty brown. Set aside.
3. Toast the macadamia nuts in a dry pan until toasty. Chop coarsely. Set aside. (optional)
4. Place your coconut oil, onions, garlic, ginger in the pan until aromatic. Add the ham and cook quickly until lightly golden.
5. Add your cooked basmati rice, chicken powder and white pepper and mix quickly in your pan until all of the rice is covered evenly with the coconut oil and seasoning. Add the pineapple, green onions and toasted coconut back into the pan and continue stirring quickly, just until warmed. Reserve a little toasted coconut and green onions on the side for garnishing.
6. Serve on plate and garnish with toasted crushed macadamia nuts, toasted coconut, and green onions. Enjoy!
Source: “Hawaiian Luau Rice”. Recipe. www.hwcmagazine.com. N.p. 5 Feb. 2021. Web. Sept. 2022.
By Recipe Contributor