The “Leicha” 擂茶 rice is a traditional hakka-chinese 客家 dialect group cuisine, back in the olden days, the common villagers and even soldiers in china considered “lei cha” rice as a rich source of nutrients and a medicinal food to fight against illnesses. it’s made with very simple, affordable, down-to-earth ingredients that are nutritious and generally good for our diet. For preparation leicha is not too complicated but involves a labour-intensive process of physically pounding and grinding the various ingredients into a fine texture with a thick guava thick wooden stick and a special deep leicha bowl; that’s why it’s called 擂 meaning “to pound or finely grind” but now day people grind leicha ingredients all in food processor .
“Leicha” rice has become more widely found and popular in Malaysia and Singapore ! The reason is you either love it or hate it. i have to admit it’s quite an acquired taste.The most my family love is more mint leaves in the “lei cha” tea stock, having a minty taste in my rice yum ~
I always use my simple version of herb that i can easily get in my garden.
This is very healthy nutritions and delicious with many natural herbs.
- 2 cup Rice or Brown Rice
- salt to taste
Ingredients B (soup)
- 4 Tbsp Peanuts (skinned and toasted)
- 4 Tbsp White sesame seeds (toasted)
- A bunch of cuban majito mint leaves( from my garden) know as Pudina in India-
- A bunch of Thai basil leaves (ocimum basilicum L. from my garden)
- some coriander leaves-
- 3 pcs of the bitter Jiapi (from my garden)
- Some Artemisia vulgaris (mugwort) leaves (from my garden)It is believed that mugwort can cure hundreds of sickness or you can use 2 -3 apple leaves if you don’t have mugwort.
- Some Eryngium foetidium L.(sawtooth coriander)
- Little bit of green tea powder and black pepper, salt to taste.
Ingredients C (use any assorted vegetables you love)
- Cabbage(diced) – 300 grams
- Sweet potato leaves (diced) – 300 grams
- Long beans (diced) – 300 grams
- Chives flowers (diced) – 300 grams
- Chinese choy sum (diced) – 300 grams
- Start gooseberry(diced)-400 gm(sweet leaves or in chinese we called mani cai)
- Fried organic tofu (diced) – 4 pieces
- Pickled radish (chai poh) 100 grams
- 1/2 bowl toasted Cashew or Peanuts
- You can use as many different type of veggie you love
- You can try eat Raw ….dice all raw organic veggie (mm..I think i will try Raw leicha next time)
- Lei-cha soup – Use a special earthen-ware and grind the ingredients(B) with a special guava stick.
- Add litter water while grinding to smoothen the paste.
- OR the Alternate way is to put all ingredients(B) with little bit of water into a food processor and blend into paste. Add boiling hot water when serve.
- Assorted vegetable – Heat oil, Stir fry assorted vegetables separately with a bit of salt until fragrant aromatic and cooked.
- Heat oil and fry tofu till light brown and dish out.
- Place Brown rice, assorted vegetables, tofu, pickled radish, peanuts into a big deep bowl.
- Pour in hot leicha soup and serve.
- You may also serve puffed rice, rice and soup separately if desired.