Vegan/Vegetarian Yam Rice (One-Pot)


Being a very traditional Chinese at heart, I am a fan of rice a.k.a 饭桶! Try this recipe, just stir fry the ingredients and pop it into the rice cooker together with the rice, how simple!

Dietary: Vegetarian, Vegan.
Serve 2-3

 4 cloves garlic, chopped
 1/4 onion, chopped
 100g yam/taro, peeled & chopped
 3 fresh shiitake/button mushrooms, chopped
 1 cup* or 135g brown long-grain rice, washed & drained
 175ml water* or vegetable broth, for cooking rice

 Non-GMO canola oil, for frying

Optional Veggies (small amount each)
 Carrot, chopped
 Yellow bell pepper, chopped
 Vegan ham, chopped 

 1 tsp sweet soy sauce
 1 tsp dark soy sauce

 1 tsp soy sauce or Braggs Liquid Aminos
 1/2 Tbsp vegetarian mushroom oyster sauce
 1 tsp sesame oil
 Pinch of white pepper

 1 tsp Chinese five-spice powder
 3cm length cinnamon stick

 Spring onions
 Fried shallots
 Vegetarian sambal chilli

1. Heat up oil in a large skillet or wok. Sauté the onion and garlic until aromatic.

2. Add yam, mushroom and optional veggies, and  add some soy sauce and sauté until light brown and almost cooked for about 2 minutes.

3. Pour in uncooked rice, add seasonings and sauté lightly for about 1 minute. 

4. Add water and stir mixture until well combined for 30 seconds. 

5. Transfer mixture into rice cooker pot, turn on the rice cooker. When the rice is cooked, use the rice scoop to stir the rice and loosen it up. If you do not have a rice cooker, place mixture in a steamer bowl and steam for 25-30 minutes until it reached your desired consistency.

6. If you find the rice too wet for your liking after stirring, press the mode for 'cook rice' again. The new cycle will continue to cook and dry up the mixture to the right consistency and automatically turn to 'keep warm' mode when ready. It works this way for most rice cookers, this is mine for reference. Loosen the rice and keep warm in the cooker for a few minutes.

7. Garnish and serve immediately.

^ Buddhist vegetarians who do not take garlic and onion can omit these and replace with some ginger.
* The ratio for perfectly-cooked rice in most rice cookers (works for my Toshiba) is 1:1 rice and water, but it might vary with different rice cookers and the type of rice you are using.
* The measuring cup I used in this recipe comes along with the rice cooker and it looks like this below. 1 full cup of this rice measuring cup yield 135g of uncooked rice and 190ml water.  

☼ Remember to wear gloves when handling raw yam or else you will end up with itchy hands!

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