Recipe by Lindsay Hunt
I discovered Lundberg Farms’ Wehani rice about a year ago. While shopping, I mistakenly grabbed a bag of this red rice, instead of short-grain brown rice. I cooked it anyway, and the rich, buttery scent that wafted out of the pot has kept me buying packages of this distinctive rice.
Never a rice lover, I did not expect to develop a taste for any kind, red, white, or brown. To my surprise, I was overcome with cravings for a bowl of this rice, buttered and topped with sea salt. I assumed it was an ancient rice, revered over the centuries for its unusual aroma and taste. A quick check on Wikipedia revealed that in fact, it’s a recent creation of the Lundberg family, who named it after the brothers: Wendell, Eldon, Homer, Albert, and Harlan. So no monks hand-harvesting the grains one by one, but does it matter?
I love this nutty, buttery, and filling rice, which makes white rice taste boring. I love it’s unusual hue, and it pairs perfectly with roasted vegetables that have carmelized on their edges. This recipe would work just as well with any other kind of whole-grain, such as quinoa, but I suggest branching out for a bag of Lundberg Wehani Rice. If you can’t find it at your local market, purchase the rice online.
1 head cauliflower, cut into small florets
1 pound red bliss or fingerling potatoes, or a mix
1 bunch carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup wehani brown rice
1/4 cup olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Toss the cauliflower, potatoes, and carrots in the 3 tablespoons of the olive oil, season with salt and pepper. Place the cauliflower on a separate baking sheet than the potatoes and carrots, as the vegetables have different cooking times.
3. In a 2-quart saucepan, combine the rice and 2 cups water. Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Cover and cook 50 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, remove the cauliflower after about 25 minutes.
5. Remove the potatoes and carrots after about 1 hour.
6. After the rice is fully cooked, remove the pot from the heat, keep covered and let sit for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork, season with salt and pepper.
7. Serve a mound of rice topped with roasted vegetables, and enjoy!