Lele’s Famous Rice Ingredients Serves 23 12 oz. [2 cups] longgrain rice, washed, soaked in cold water for 30 minutes and drained 1 1/4 pints [3 1/8 cups] water 2 teaspoons salt 2 oz. [1/4 cup] butter 1 Mediumsized onion, finely chopped 2 large tomatoes, blanched, peeled and chopped I large red pepper, white pith removed, seeded and finely chopped 2 celery stalks, trimmed and finely chopped 4 oz. broccoli, trimmed and chopped 4 oz. mushrooms, wiped clean and finely chopped 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Preparation 1. Put the rice in a large saucepan. Pour over the water and add 1 1/2 teaspoons of the salt.
2. Place the pan over moderately high heat and bring the water to a boil. Cover the pan, reduce the heat to low and simmer the rice for 15 to 20 minutes or until all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Remove the pan from the heat and set aside. 3. In a large fryingpan, melt the butter over moderate heat. When the foam goes down, add the onion and fry for 5 to 7 minutes or until it is soft but not brown. Add the tomatoes, red pepper, celery and broccoli. Fry, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes or until the vegetables begin to soften. Add the mushrooms to the pan and fry, stirring frequently, for more 3 minutes. Put the remaining salt and cayenne.
4. Add the rice to the pan and stir the mixture until it is combined. Cook, stirring frequently, for more 10 minutes or until the mixture is thoroughly heated through. Remove the pan from the heat and serve at once.