I'm looking to start experimenting with puffed grains (rice, quinoa, barley, etc.). I've been doing some web research and every site I've checked gives a different method. I was wondering if anyone here has as method that they've used which works well. I don't have a dehydrator, so preferably a method that doesn't involve one, but I do have a pressure cooker and ISI gourmet whip. Thanks!
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Do you have a gas oven? If so cook your grains, spread on a sheet pan and place in oven with just the pilot light on. Leave overnight. Deep fry 400*. Some grains, you may want to pulse a little bit in a processor before frying.
I've been experimenting a bit with wheat berries and I've found that this method works very well:
Blanch the wheat berries until they're about half cooked, dehydrate in a 190 degree oven, then put them in a 500 degree oven for about 3 minutes until they've all popped. They're crunchy and delicious! I'm planning on using them for a dish this Saturday. I'll post a picture here when it's done! Thanks for the suggestions.
Take a look at this video. The chef, Thierry Theys is 27 years young and already has... TWO Michelin stars. When you watch his videos you know why. In this recipe of yellowfin tuna, he puffs black wild rice in a few seconds time (go to 11.50 on the timeline).
Good to know; the frying oil is at a very high 220°C. He uses only 20 grams of rice.
This is his restaurant Nuances; http://www.resto-nuance.be/