March 25, 2020

Riso Casimir - Casimir Rice 

Recipe:

Riso Casimir, a deliciously creamy and slightly sweet curried dish, was introduced to Switzerland in the 1950s as an exotic dish.  Curried chicken is traditionally served over a bed of rice accompanied by a variety of fruits and nuts.  The final touch is created by mouthwatering, caramelized bananas placed directly over the rice.  Oh so good!  Growing up, Riso Casimir was always such a loved dish in our home, as my mom prepared it for us on very special occasions.  Today the tradition continues as my kids love it just as much, and ask to prepare it on special occasions.  Let's get started!

 

Supplies:

Ingredients:

  • 350 grams Basmati rice or Jasmine rice (that is what we had)
  • 3-4 large chicken breasts cubed
  • 1 can coconut milk 13.5 OZ - 400 ml
  • 250 grams heavy cream
  • 15 grams yellow curry
  • Salt to taste
  • 220 ml water, or chicken broth
  • 6-8 ripe bananas 
  • 90 grams butter (to fry bananas and a small amount for the chicken)
  • Canned fruit or fresh fruit to your liking (we used peaches, pineapple and tangerines)
  • Nuts to your liking (we used pumpkin seeds, shaved almonds, and walnuts)
  • Dried fruit to your liking (we had cranberries in the pantry)  

Directions:

  1. Preheat the Mangiafuoco Home Gas Pizza Oven to 350°- 390°F - 176°- 200°C.
  2. Cube the chicken breasts into small bite sized pieces.
  3. In a preheated pan, add a small portion of butter (about 20 grams).  Once melted add the chicken.  Stir for just a few minutes until all the chicken becomes white.
  4. Stir the curry in with the chicken and pour the water or chicken broth over the chicken, and cover slightly with a lid.  Simmer for about 5 minutes as the water reduces.  
  5. Now add the coconut milk, heavy cream, and salt.  Stir everything together and allow to gently simmer for an additional 10 minutes.  For a slightly thicker sauce some cornstarch can be mixed in a bit of water and added to the liquid of the simmering chicken. 
  6. In another pot, boil the rice in salted water.  Once it has cooked for about 5 minutes drain the water out of the rice. 
  7. Cover the rice with two clean dish towels and securely place the lid on top. Turn the heat down to the lowest setting for about 5-8 more minutes. The towels will absorb the excess steam and create perfectly cooked rice.  Make sure the towels don't have scent of detergent.
  8. In a preheated oven safe pan add the butter.  When melted place the bananas, which have been halved into the hot pan.  Slide the pan into the oven allowing the bananas to caramelize for about 20 minutes.  Halfway through, gently flip the bananas to allow them to caramelize on both sides.
  9. Arrange the cooked rice on a large platter and make a well in the center.  
  10. Add the chicken and sauce to the well.
  11. Remove the bananas from the oven and carefully arrange them on the outer edge of the rice.
  12. In separate bowls place all the different toppings.  Serve the curried rice and chicken in a bowl as each person chooses to top their dish with their desired fruits, nuts and different dried fruits. It is ready to serve.  Enjoy! 

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