Thunder tea rice (Lei Cha Rice)

A colourful variety of flavourful veggies, pulses, greens and tofu around a hot bowl of steamed rice served with a tea soup is a Chinese style buddha bowl

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Following up on the thunder tea rice on the glocal page, I decided to try my hand at making this wholesome bowl of plant goodness at home.  And why not? It is clean eating, has fiber and protein and best of all, is totally customizable. Make your own bowl with endless varieties of veggies, pulses and greens.

Basically, this is another recipe just like handvo and muthia which I can call it fridge friendly. A quick stir fry of any veggie you have in your fridge; half a carrot or some zucchini, maybe some lettuce and even an eggplant. And even pulses of your choosing – chickpeas, black eyed beans or even rajma (kidney beans). It will taste delicious any which way you prefer to go.

I am a huge fan of Korean bibimbap, for its flavours, use of vegetables and that scrumptious gochujang sauce it is served with. And if you are anything like me, you would love this one as well. It is similar to bibimbap or for that matter a buddha bowl for its serving style and use of vegetables. In a thunder tea rice, fresh as well as preserved/pickled vegetables are used to create textures and for that intense kick of salty and sweet flavour. It is indeed a labour intensive recipe as the veggies need to be chopped finely but the cooking is mostly all a quick stir fry. Regular white rice can be used but I would definitely recommend brown or a mix blend of rice for this recipe as it adds another layer of texture to the dish.

And now let’s talk about the heart of the dish – the tea soup. As I mentioned earlier, I found the tea soup slightly bitter and herbaceous for my taste so in my recipe, I have modified it using broccoli. The original tea soup calls for tea leaves that are pounded with some nuts and herbs into a thin watery soup. Keeping that in mind, I added coriander, mint and basil to a broccoli +melon seeds puree and then thinning it all down with a concoction of green tea leaves. It is surely not the original tea soup but, in my family, we preferred a slightly mellow version of the tea soup and the broccoli-tea soup fitted the bill.

Thunder tea rice (Lei Cha Rice)
Thunder tea rice (Lei Cha Rice)

Do try this amazing bowl of goodness and don’t forget to tag me on your recreations. I would love to know your feedback.

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