Taking a cue from the Venetian risi e bisi, a soupy rice-and-peas, this version with shrimp highlights sweet, crunchy sugar snap peas with Southeast Asian ingredients: the heat of chiles and ginger, the freshness of basil and cilantro, and the salty depth of fish sauce.


Credit: Con Poulos


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  • Turn a food processor on; drop garlic through feed tube and process until finely chopped. Add 2 tablespoons ginger, chile, basil, cilantro, fish sauce, and sugar; process until finely chopped. Add 1 tablespoon oil and 3 tablespoons water; process to a fine paste. (You should have 2/3 cup.)

  • Heat remaining 3 tablespoons oil in a medium saucepan over mediumâ??high until shimmering. Add leek and remaining 1 tablespoon ginger; cook until leek is translucent, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in rice and broth, along with 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to mediumâ??low and simmer, covered, until rice is very soft, 17 to 18 minutes.

  • Add shrimp; simmer, stirring once or twice, until opaque, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in peas and herb paste. Remove from heat; season with salt. Serve immediately, with more cilantro and basil and lime wedges.