A few weeks ago I made ‘Moksi alesi’ which means mixed rice. It is one of my favourite typical Surinamese meals and can be varied in different ways. You can prepare it with beans or vegetables (leaves) and with meat or fish or even both. You can also add coconut cream (or milk) if you like to give it a softer taste. My recipe for 4 persons is as follows:
400 grams of rice (washed)
200 ml coconut cream (or milk)
4 bouillon cubes
0,5 teaspoon black pepper
0,5 tomato (sliced)
1 onion (sliced)
3 pieces of garlic (chopped)
2 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons dried shrimps (soaked)
150 grams of black eyed peas (soaked)
100 grams of ham (cubed)
1 tablespoon celery (or parsley)
Heat the oil. Fry the onions first, then add the garlic. Add the tomato, black pepper, bouillon cubes, soaked shrimps, ham, black eyed peas, and celery. Stir until the tomato is almost dissolved. Then add the rice and coconut cream. Add water that measures 1.25 inches on top of the rice mixture (see more info under Tips) and stir thoroughly. Lower the heat when the water starts to cook. Stir again, put a lid on the pot and let it cook for about 10-15 minutes. Stir again after a while and half an hour after the rice starts to cook, the moksi alesi is done.
I served it with a grilled lamb chop and coleslaw. You can serve it with any kind of meat or fish and salad or vegetable you like.
Enjoy! Njang switie!