Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Oil Rice (si-htamin)

For people in Myanmar, popular local breakfast items include coconut noodle, fish soup noodle, steamed sticky rice and fried rice with peas. Of course there is a wide variety of other local breakfast delicacies. Oil rice (si-htamin) is one of the popular Myanmar breakfast items. I am sharing this recipe with you on my blog as i believe anyone can follow this simple recipe of si-htamin. Hopefully, you will try making this in your own kitchen :)

Serves : 3-4
Preparation Time : 20-25 minutes

150g glutinous rice
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons pounded dried shrimps
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
3 tablespoons oil
1 cup warm water
a pinch of salt to season


  1. Wash the glutinous rice and then leave to drain the glutinous rice.
  2. Heat oil in the saucepan.
  3. Add the onions to the hot oil and stir until they are soften.
  4. Add the pounded prawns to the mixture and sprinkle turmeric powder. Give it a stir until they are lightly golden brown.
  5. Remove the mixture from the saucepan.
  6. Add the glutinous rice to the remaining oil and sprinkle salt. Give this a quick stir.
  7. Add water just enough to cover the glutinous rice. Cover and let it cook for about 15-20 minutes on low heat. Once the rice is cooked and totally absorbed the water, then it is ready to serve.
  8. Garnish the si-htamin with the mixture of fried onions and dried shrimps before serving them.

In fact, you can also use freshly grated coconut for garnishing. Either way, this is one yummy, quick and simple breakfast to go with a cup of hot burmese tea.


လင္းၾကယ္ျဖဴ September 23, 2009 at 4:31 AM  

It is really nice to have in the early morning as the B'fast ...
Used to having it when I was in my home .
Now I can just see and miss it ...It's good to go with steamed beans as well...
Linn Kyel Phyu

Moulmein Kitchen September 24, 2009 at 4:20 PM  

oh really, never try this with steamed beans before.
I will have si-htamin with steamed beans next time.

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