Sun Oven Cooked Rice Pilaf
My wife has always enjoyed rice pilaf. It’s her favorite side when ordering at a restaurant. At home, she prepares it for solar cooking in the following manner:
1 cup rice
2 cups water
1 cup chopped mushrooms
1 small clove garlic (minced)
2 small sprigs of fresh parsley (chopped)
“pinch” of cayenne pepper
1 Tbs olive oil
“pinch” of salt (or salt substitute)
For solar cooking, use your thin-walled, dark metal pot (at least 2qt).
Place the onions, garlic, mushrooms and olive oil into it and fully saute over medium heat on your range.
Next, pour in the water and other ingredients, except the parsley, and increase heat to boil for a few minutes.
Cover the pot and put into the global sun oven. In good sunshine, it’ll take about 2 hours of minimum baking time.
We often use brown rice, which may take up to an hour more and require a little more water (it absorbs more).
Open the oven & lid to check when rice is done. If so, remove the pot from the solar cooker, stir in the fresh parsley, then let it cool a few minutes before serving, even though your eager dinner guests might want it “rice-away’!