Rice is a universal food item, consumed in every city and town on the Earth. So when a Twitter took to the microblogging site with a photo of a plate of plain rice, asking netizens to name the two things they would like to add to the plate before eating it, there were bound to be some reactions.
Not everyone consumes rice in a similar way. Within just India, there is a vast diversity in the various ways in which people consume rice. While North Indians would prefer a plate of rice with a bowl of "peeli daal" (yellow lentil) or a side of spicy "choley" (chickpeas), someone from the South might ask for a plate of rasam or sambhar to go with rice.
Perhaps to find out more about the different culinary combinations using rice, Twitter user Ali Qasim asked netizens to name any two items that they would like to add to a plate of rice. “You can only add 2 things to this plate of simple rice. Name them,” his tweet read.
You can only add 2 things to this plate of simple rice-Name them pic.twitter.com/n7BE1ABPHM— Ali Qasim (@aliqasim) August 17, 2020
Soon after, the tweet was bombarded with a variety of responses that not brought forth some interesting food combinations but also revealed different cultures and food habits, not only across India but the world.
Posting a picture of cheddar cheese and baked beans, a user wrote, “Mix these together in a pot with rice and you're looking good. Cheap, nutritious, filling food.”
Mix these together in a pot with rice and you're looking good. Cheap, nutritious, filling food. pic.twitter.com/vR1kcFz8gk— Thiccyboy (@BloodyAx55555) August 18, 2020
Another user replied, “Just add two genes, phytoene synthase & phytoene desaturase, watch the rice grains produce β-carotene, the precursor to vitamin A! Viola, Golden Rice! Bonus? Can save the lives and eyesights of a million children!”
Just add two genes phytoene synthase & phytoene desaturase, watch the rice grains produce β-carotene, the precursor to vitamin A! Viola, Golden Rice! Bonus? Can save the lives and eyesights of a million children! pic.twitter.com/TVzTXMyCz4— Channa Prakash (@AgBioWorld) August 18, 2020
A user from Brazil shared her plate of rice with baked beans and farofa, made with cassava flour sautéed in butter and adding onions, cabbage or bacon.
Here’s what others added:
Chicken or beef strogonoff and potato sticks. pic.twitter.com/Gc86MWygky— O Wagner (@wargrn) August 18, 2020
Feijoada (Strew of beans + pork) + Farofa (toasted corn flour eith condiments) pic.twitter.com/ILFxmuz9UX— Justiniano, O Grande (@saojustiniano) August 18, 2020
Bully Beef pic.twitter.com/75gz6itzKm— Protect Black Women, at all costs. (@kosherlee_) August 18, 2020
What would you add to a plate of plain rice?