I must say that cooking white rice can be quite monotonous for me sometimes. Same old white rice being boiled in a rice cooker or on stove. It can get quite boring so tonight i decided to do something about it using dry herbs and some onions. 

It’s really exciting to discover new ways of cooking the simple foods we enjoy everyday.  

A long time ago, my Mother taught me how to ‘fry’ rice in caramelised onions before adding water to cook the rice. This method is similar to what I made this evening. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.


2 cups of Cindy white rice

1 tablespoon dry herbs like thyme and oregano

  1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 tsp of salt

For the Sauce

Half-tin of Corned Beef

2 cups of chopped tomatoes

1 medium-sized chopped onion

1 tablespoon dry milled paprika

half-cup of olive or vegetable oil

Salt to taste. 


1. Wash rice in room-temperature water, drain into a colander and set aside.

2. Place a saucepan on fire and add the olive oil. Once the oil is hot add half of the chopped onions.

3. Allow onions to caramelize for about 5 minutes and add the washed rice and stir through to allow to fry over gentle heat for 5 minutes. 

4. Sprinkle dry herbs over the rice and continue stirring to reduce a sticky saucepan bottom. 

5. Add one half cup of water to rice and cover. 

6. Place another saucepan on fire, pour in the oil and add the other half of the chopped onions.

7. Pour in the chopped tomatoes after onions caramelise.

8. Add a quarter cup of water to allow tomatoes to cook. Simmer over medium heat.

9 Add paprika and stir through. 

10. The tomatoes will be cooked when the water drains and the tomatoes taken on a thick dar red color. Add the corned beef at this stage. 

11. Sauce is cooked in about 15 minutes. 

12. Serve rice with sauce and a side of vegetables if you have love for your greens. 


The dry herbs combined with the caramelised onions were a match made in heaven 😍! The sauce was simple without an overwhelming taste of spices. You can decide to prepare the rice in a rice cooker if you want a shortcut but that doesn’t give the right flavour if you ask me. A simple recipe for a memorable dinnertime with yourself or your family. Bon Appetit! 

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