I can’t believe I’m going to do this, but here we are: I’m going to show you how to burn rice. It’s for a perfectly good cause: a cool, refreshing glass of ranovola, or burnt rice tea. This toasty-tasting drink is popular in Madagascar, where the bottom of the rice pot is reserved to flavor the local river water.
It’s super easy to do, as long as you don’t burn the rice too fast. You have to do it just right.
Start with a cup of cooked rice spread on the bottom of a saucepan. Heat over medium until it begins to smell toasty. Continue scraping and turning the rice… Until the whole mess rattles and clacks as you move it, like a cup of popcorn kernels. Lower the heat as you go, being sure not to send plumes of smoke throughout your house. (To be honest, it’s really more toasted than burned)
…serve over ice (optional) with a smile (not optional). Ahhh, now that’s a refreshing glass of burnt! There really is no hard and fast recipe for this, but I burned 1 cup cooked rice and added about 8 cups water. You might like your burnt flavor stronger or weaker – it’s up to you!
I hope you…
… love it!
P.S. She ended up drinking almost her entire glass!
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