Pistachio Rice With Crispy Tempura Vegetables

4 servings.

¾ cups Long grain rice
1 ½ cups Water
½ cup Shelled American pistachios, chopped
1 Mango
1 Red chile pepper, minced
1 tablespoon Fresh ginger root, minced
3 Medium red onions
Vegetable oil, for frying
Batter (recipe below)
½ pound Mushrooms, halved
4 Carrots, thickly sliced
¾ cup Cornstarch
¾ cup Flour
½ teaspoon Salt
2 Eggs
1 cup Cold water


Combine rice and water in saucepan; cover, bring to boil and simmer about 20 minutes or until rice is tender. Mix pistachios into rice. For mango sauce, cut mango pulp from skin and pit; puree. Mix in chile and ginger. Trim onions, leaving root end intact. Cut narrow wedges, keeping them connected at root end. Heat oil to 350°F. in deep fryer, electric skillet, wok or deep saucepan. At last minute, when oil is heated, prepare batter.
Batter: Combine cornstarch, flour and salt in one bowl. In another bowl whisk eggs and cold water. Add cornstarch mixture to eggs and whisk briefly (it may be lumpy). Using tongs, dip vegetables into batter and fry in batches until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Skim off bits from oil in between batches. Serve tempura vegetables with mango sauce and rice.

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fun facts

Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!