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Calamari Veggie Rice and Garlic-Lemon Dip

Delicious crumbed Calamari, served over Vegetable Rice and a Garlic-Lemon Dip on the side. Complete meal in no time at all !

Delicious crumbed Calamari, served over Vegetable Rice and a Garlic-Lemon Dip on the side. Complete meal in no time at all !

Calamari, Veggie rice and Garlic-Lemon dip make a complete, delicious meal and is ideal to serve anytime, over the weekend or on a busy weeknight.

I have to admit, I have never made my own crumbed Calamari rings, but buy a couple of bags from our local butchery.

They have started to stock all kinds of seafood, gourmet bottled goodies and I just love their meats. Always fresh, and they are very competitive with their prices !

Delicious crumbed Calamari, served over Vegetable Rice and a Garlic-Lemon Dip on the side. Complete meal in no time at all !

The Vegetable Rice is a simple recipe, which I have made since I can remember cooking. The only change being, the rice – I used to use one particular rice only, white and brown.

However, over the years I changed over to Basmati, Jasmin and all those delicately fragrant rices, which are now our favorites.

I needed a Garlic dip recipe a year or two ago and threw together a couple of ingredients and ended up with this zesty Garlic-Lemon Dip.

Versatile Garlic-Lemon Dip !

The dip is so versatile, you can dip just about any savory appetizer or snack in it. To make the Garlic-Lemon dip a little lighter, you can use half Mayonnaise and half Greek Yogurt, or simply Lite Mayonnaise.

We like a dip with Calamari rings, even when it is served on a bed of rice.

Never been a huge fan of sauce-doused Calamari rings, but we do enjoy something in that line now and then.

KNORR Vegetable Stock Pots

I have always cooked my rice in Vegetable Stock, either homemade or I used a cube. The past couple of years I have changed over to these little Stock Pots from Knorr. (Nope, not getting paid to say this!) and I am absolutely in love with these !

So far, I have used the Vegetable, Beef and Chicken Stock Pots. I am definitely not planning on going back to the cubes ever again, homemade – yes always my first choice.

If you can not get hold of these Stock Pots, a cube or two will do just fine.

Delicious crumbed Calamari, served over Vegetable Rice and a Garlic-Lemon Dip on the side. Complete meal in no time at all !

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Calamari Veggie Rice and Garlic-Lemon Dip

Yield: 6 Servings

Calamari Veggie Rice and Garlic-Lemon Dip

Calamari Veggie Rice and Garlic-Lemon Dip

Delicious crumbed Calamari, served over Vegetable Rice and a Garlic-Lemon Dip on the side. Complete meal in no time at all !

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

VEGETABLE RICE:

  • 1 1/2 cups Basmati Rice
  • 1 Vegetable Stock Pot {*or similar}
  • Water
  • Salt, to taste (if needed as the stock pot adds salt already)
  • 1 1/2 cups Frozen Mixed Vegetables
  • 1 cup Spring Onions, chopped

GARLIC-LEMON DIP:

  • 1 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 t Fresh Garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Lemon Juice
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • 1 TB Parsley, chopped

CALAMARI:

  • 900 g Crumbed Calamari Rings ( 2 pounds ) - see notes
  • Oil for Deep-fry

Instructions

  1. Vegetable Rice: Cook the Rice in lightly salted Water as usual, but add the Vegetable Stock Pot – drain if needed
  2. Whilst the Rice is cooking, cook the Frozen Vegetables until just tender – drain and season to taste with Salt and Pepper – stir through the cooked Rice – add the Spring Onions, stir gently and keep warm
  3. Dip: Combine all the ingredients and keep chilled until ready to use
  4. Calamari: Heat the Oil and deep-fry the Calamari Rings until golden and done

Notes

You can also crumb your own calamari rings using your favorite crumb recipe

Nutrition Information

Yield

6 Servings

Amount Per Serving Calories 797Total Fat 48gSaturated Fat 6gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 40gCholesterol 217mgSodium 817mgCarbohydrates 67gFiber 5gSugar 3gProtein 22g

Nutrition value is not always accurate

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Spoon Calamari rings over a plateful of Veggie Rice and serve the Dip on the side.

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Joanne T Ferguson

Sunday 17th of May 2015

Looks really interesting Linda. This is now on my list to do! Pinned and shared!

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