Phyo’s Cooking Adventure
This dirty rice recipe is a signature dish from the city of New Orleans, and is served throughout the southern United States. The dish was originally cooked with chicken liver, and the name “dirty” came from the dark-coloured look of the chicken liver and rice.
Some chefs add chopped chicken giblets, sausage and ground meat to the rice, but I prefer this vegetarian version, which uses red kidney beans. I really love the idea of using beans and not too much meat in the rice, but I’ve included a recipe for pan fried turmeric and lemon chicken for those who can’t do without it.
Red kidney beans can be difficult to find in Yangon, and can be expensive when they’re available. As I substitute, I have prepared this recipe using pae` lun beans, which are used in steamed sticky rice. They’re a very good match here. I also use soy sauce to add a bit of darkness as well as some flavour.
The result is a delicious dish that I can serve the whole family, including my little toddler.