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Recipe for Immune Boosting Chicken Wild Rice Soup

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Are you down with a cold or flu? Then what you need right now is a bowl of chicken soup to warm your soul and get you healthy again!

This is a much loved Sri Lankan chicken recipe for soups and this one, in particular, attributes its immune-boosting properties to the turmeric used in it. In addition to giving the soup a beautiful colour, it also helps in fighting bacteria. Turmeric is a powerful antioxidant that has amazing anti-inflammatory effects. And let’s face it – turmeric makes home cooking a lot more exciting. It has been used for hundreds of years but it’s only until much recently that we uncovered the amazing health benefits of it such:

  • Helps to reduce inflammation
  • Beneficial for arthritis
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Helps to improve brain functions
  • Lowers the risk of heart diseases

The best thing about this recipe is that it’s a one-pot dish – which means fewer dishes to clean up too! And it all starts off with the chicken. If you want to dish up this soup in a hurry, then it’s best to use chicken that has already been chopped into chunks. You then add the vegetables into it, followed by the seasonings, the broth and rice so all the flavours will absorb well. This recipe calls for wild rice as it has a more strong flavour and the texture it adds take this soup to another level. It also holds up better in a soup as opposed to white or brown rice. However if kids don’t prefer rice in their soup, feel free to use pasta instead. If you do so, you will not have to cook the soup for long – just add the pasta when the recipe calls for rice and let it cook for a little under 10 minutes or until the pasta is cooked.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound chicken breast
  • 1 cup of chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon of fresh ginger
  • 3 teaspoons of garlic
  • 2 teaspoons of turmeric, ground
  • 1 cup of bell pepper
  • 1 cup of unsweetened coconut milk
  • 4 cups of chicken broth
  • 3/4 cups of raw wild rice
  • 1/4 cup of fresh basil, chopped

METHOD

 Heat some olive oil on a large pan over medium heat. To this, add the chicken breasts and allow it to cook for about three minutes, stirring occasionally.

Then add in the chopped bell pepper and onion and cook until it becomes tender.

Add the minced garlic, ginger and turmeric and stir until it becomes fragrant.

Pour in the chicken stock, add the rice and bring it to a bowl. Reduce to simmer before covering and letting it cook for 15 minutes.

After that, add in the coconut milk (which will add a depth of richness and creaminess to the soup) along with the basil and cook for a few more minutes. Make sure that the rice has cooked through perfectly.

Serve in a bowl and enjoy it warm!

Bairaha Carries out Successful Deliveries to all areas of Colombo, Gampaha and Kaluthara

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With the curfew being imposed, Bairaha commenced home deliveries on the 30th of March 2020 and successfully deliveries to areas between Colombo 02 – Colombo 08.

By the 1st of April, delivery was expanded to newer locations to keep up with the growing demand for it. The new delivery locations included Kirulapone, Thimbirigasyaya, Narahenpita, Kohuwala, Kalubowila, Nugegoda, Nawala, Pepiliyana, Boralesgamuwa, Mt.Lavinia, Rathmalana, Kaduwela, Kelaniya, Kiribathgoda, Kadawatha, Wattala, Kandana and on the 2nd of April, deliveries were expanded into Bokundara, Piliyandala, Maharagama, Pannipitiya.  By the 3rd of April, Bairaha joined with Pickme to continue delivery operations in Panadura.

By the 5th of April, while keeping up with the massive demand for deliveries, Bairaha successfully covered nearly all of Colombo, Kaluthara and Gampaha districts by delivering Bairaha products to the towns in these districts which included Wattala, Kaduwela, Kelaniya, Kiribathgoda, Kadawatha, Malabe, Homagama, Athurugiriya, Ja-Ela, Kandana, Welisara, Ragama, Seeduwa, Bokundara, Piliyandala, Maharagama, Pannipitiya, Kottawa, Moratuwa, Rathmalana, Kotte, Battaramulla, Thalahena, Pelawatta, Thalawathugoda, Panadura, Gorakana, Walana, Hirana, Malamulla, Mahabellana, Pinwatta, Gampaha, Pasyala, Nittambuwa, Veyangoda, Thihariya, Kalagedihena, Ganemulla, Yakkala, Miriswatta, Kirillawala.

We were able to successfully carry out delivery services in a consistent and timely manner in all these areas while strictly following health and safety instructions for the safety of our customers as well as our staff.

Bairaha is extremely grateful to all the customers that understood the difficulties faced by our staff in this time and for the support rendered.

Bairaha Delivers Frozen Products to Your Doorstep

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In the midst of the COVID 19 situation, as people are struggling to come to terms with this pandemic, we at Bairaha fully understand the concerns and difficulties people are facing right now. Stepping out of the house has been difficult for the past month and a half and getting groceries and daily essentials delivered has been a great struggle for many.

This is why Bairaha, as a responsible company, decided to bring frozen Bairaha products right to the doorstep of our customers. We put out a message on our official Facebook page regarding the same, instructing our customers to contact our delivery agents via Whatsapp to place their orders. Our team has been working tirelessly to keep up with the orders and deliver it within 1 to 3 days as promised. While orders will be delivered on a first come first serve basis, we made sure that all orders given were fulfilled within the time period specified.

All the frozen chicken packs are pre-weighed to have a minimum weight of 2.3 kg and if there are any reductions in the weight, we instructed our customers to inform us promptly and request for a refund.

Since safety is of paramount importance with COVID 19, we undertook stringent measures to ensure the safety of our staff as well as our valued customers during the delivery of goods. However, owing to the prevailing situation, there are some inevitable limitations but we assure you that we are trying our best to provide the best level of service to our customers. If there are any inconveniences, we ask you to bear with us.

To further make things more convenient for our customers, we offer free delivery of products. We are very pleased with the feedback we have received from our customers, some of which as follows:

Quick to respond when an order is placed. Quick delivery. I placed several orders. Satisfied.

Excellent service I received within 24hrs

I must say Bairaha products and service is really good. I been ordering chicken only from them. Their prices are fair, freshness and quality are always very good. Was able to try out those sausages and meat balls packs too. They were really good. Once we come out of this lets hope you guys still do this delivery service on your own or with Pickme.

Excellent service I received my orders within 3 hours

Fantastic service., keep it up Bairaha

I ordered received within the day, which I never expected, great service

Thank you for your amazing feedback. We look forward to serving our customers better. In the meantime, we hope everyone is keeping well and safe!

The Best Immune Boosting Chicken Soup Recipe

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Whenever we get down with a cold or flu, the go-to Sri Lankan chicken recipe for most mums is a bowl of warm chicken soup. It’s amazing how a bowl can actually make you feel almost instantly better, thanks to the healing effects you get with every mouthful.

Ginger, garlic and turmeric (which chicken soup usually consists of) are powerfully antiviral and detoxifying herbs that aid in getting rid of toxins in the body, stimulating circulation, helping in digestion, reducing inflammation and boosting your immune system. Another herb that is common in chicken recipes is coriander which has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties that can help fight diseases. The icing on the cake is adding a little protein in the form of chicken which supplies the body with essential amino acids it needs in order to get well-nourished and heal faster.

So without further ado, let’s get right into the recipe!

INGREDIENTS

Serves 4

  • 10 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons of finely grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon of finely grated turmeric
  • 1 litre of chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 litre of water
  • 500 grams of chicken breast, cut into chunks
  • 2 bunches of coriander, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons of soy sauce

METHOD

In a large pot, combine garlic, ginger, turmeric, stock, water and the chicken chunks.

Allow it to simmer for about 10 minutes over low heat until the chicken is well cooked through and the flavours have infused into the stock.

To this, add the soy sauce.

Finally, add the coriander just before serving.

Enjoy it warm!

NOTES

  • Vegetarians may opt to use the vegetable stock instead of the chicken stock and substitute the chicken chunks for tofu to boost protein.
  • You may even choose to beat in two eggs and pour it in a very thin stream over the simmering stock if you wish.
  • This recipe calls for fresh turmeric as it’s the best option known for its antiviral properties. However, if you prefer using the dry one, use about ¼ teaspoon.
  • If you prefer a bit of a spicy kick to the soup, add a little chilli as well as per your spice preference.
  • You may also add in vegetables such as spinach, kale or mushrooms.
  • This recipe takes only 10 minutes to prepare and this is why chicken breasts are used. If you prefer to use chicken thighs, the duration of cooking may vary.
  • You can also prepare this soup using a whole chicken and use the stock while removing the tender meat from the chicken for the recipe. However, this would take about 1 ½ hours to prepare.