It is not often to find me forgoing the convenience of commercial offering to ease my culinary (mis)adventure. For the yam cake, I would usually using ready rice flour. BUT today, I blended my own rice flour using the healthier red cargo rice. :-)
Red cargo rice an unpolished rice, similar to brown rice. The colour of the bran is red, and hence the name. Our usual white rice has its husks & bran removed during the milling process which strip all the nutrients. In unpolished rice, only the husk (the outer "coating" of the grain) is removed. All the nutrients, vitamins and minerals which are stored in the bran layer is intact in the bran and germ.
Despite all the benefits, unpolished rice is not very popular in our diet as it is much more chewy than the standard white rice of which asian favour for the soft & fluffiness. But having it blended and steamed into savoury cakes make it more acceptable to
my fussy family a wider audience! Also, personally I find the red/black speckle in the rice cake very appealing! Try it when you some time to spare:
200g brown/red cargo rice, cleaned, soaked in clean water for overnight and drained.
1000ml chicken stock or water
2 tbsp tapioca flour
1 tbsp tang mien
- put soaked rice and water into a blender and blend into a smooth batter. Add in tapioca flour, tang mien and mix well.
Red rice lends a light red hue to the cake:
I love it when I eat healthy. (Not that I am a healthy.)