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Yam Rice aka Wu Tau Farn




Yam, a tuber, creamy or firm when cooked, has an earthy, hardy taste and usually a minimal amount of sweetness.  It's a good source of potassium, a mineral that helps to control blood pressure, manganese, carbohydrates, fibre and vitamin C, B1 and B6.

A high intake of vitamin B6 has been shown to reduce the incidence of heart disease.  Also vitamin B6  has been a popular supplement with respect to premenstrual syndrome (PMS) in women, especially in conjunction with the depression that can be triggered by PMS.  Being rich in fibre, yam fills you up without filling your hips and waistline!

Cooked this one pot meal recently and I love yam, cooked in whatever form, including 'Poi' ... a Hawaiian word for the primary Polynesian staple food made from yam/taro.  Poi is produced by mashing up the cooked yam to a highly viscous fluid.  Water is added during mashing and again just  before eating, to achieve a desired consistency.  It's best eaten with fingers and scooping up the poi with 2 fingers is considered the best poi.









the yam and meat mixture on top of the rice, cooked, ready to be mixed and served






Recipe for Yam Rice aka Wu Tau Farn


Ingredients
250 gm Yam/Taro, cut into cubes
6 dried mushrooms, soaked and diced
150 gm chicken/pork, diced
25 gm dried shrimps, washed and drained
6 shallots, sliced
4 Tbsp oil
1 cup Taj Mahal Herba Ponni rice
3.1/4 cups water

Seasoning for the meat
1 Tbsp oyster sauce
2 Tsp light soya sauce
1 Tsp sesame oil
1 Tsp dark soya sauce
1 Tsp sugar
1/2 Tsp salt
a dash of pepper

Garnishing
Chopped spring onions
Shallot crisps
Dash of pepper
Drizzle of sesame oil

Preparation
Heat up the wok with the  4 Tbsp of oil
Lightly fry the shallots till crispy, dish out and drain
Add in the diced yam, stir-fry a while
dish out, set aside
Fry the dried shrimps for a while
Add in the diced mushrooms and meat
Toss in the prefried yam cubes
Add in 4 Tbsp water, dish out, set aside
Wash and cook rice with 3.1/4 cups water in rice cooker
After about 10 mins., pour in the yam and meat mixture
on top of the rice,  continue to cook
After the rice has been cooked 
let it rest in 'Keep Warm' mode for about 10 mins
Mix up the rice and add in soya sauce or salt to taste
Drizzle in some sesame oil
Dish out into a bowl, garnish with chopped spring onions
shallot crisps and a dash of pepper
Serve hot


Some notes on Taj Mahal Herba Ponni Rice 
This rice is from South India, planted on river banks with organic fertilisers
supposed to be cholesterol free and contains phytosterol
(active antioxidant)
This rice absorbs more water and increases in bulk when cooked
1 cup gives 4 servings
Ratio of water is 3 times to 1 cup of rice



Comments

  1. I would definitely love this rice. I love the flavour of yam in rice. It gives added texture too. Love all the ingredients. I've just bought some fresh yams just now. Yam is gd for health.

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  2. Savory taro rice has always been one of my favourite one-dish meals and I remember my mum cooked this rice very often for the lunch while I was still at high school.

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  3. yum, so many great flavors going on in this dish!

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  4. Mary

    So, we'll be expecting some creative yam dishes from you, ha, ha.

    Angie

    Think in some places, they serve this with Bak Kut Teh too.

    Brie

    Yes it's yummy and filling, all in one.

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  5. Yam, mushroom, chicken, shrimp, all in one rice dish. Yummy. No need for any other accompaniment!

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  6. I have forgotten all about yam rice so thanks for posting this. It used to be one of my personal favourites back home.

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  7. This Wu Tau Farn is great in winters, smells and tastes heavenly.

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  8. I miss cooking this yam rice , thanks for reminding me :)) looks delicious!

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  9. Shirley
    Yes, that's why it's called one pot meal. Easy job!

    penny
    Oh, so that's a reminder for you to cook this in the near future.

    Christine
    Yes, especially when you eat it hot.

    Elin
    Yup, simple meal, all-in-one.

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  10. I need some 'bak kuat teh' to go with it lol!

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  11. My Little Space
    Actually, come to think of it, having it with bak kut teh, will be quite filling.

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  12. I never had this yet. I absolutely love taro most especially paired with duck. Okay, this one is healthier compared to the duck. :D But there's lot of flavor on this dish.

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  13. Hi Divina
    Yup, this is a delicious one pot meal, saves time. Why not give it a try?

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