Easy Rice Recipes to Make at Home

From spicy biryani to creamy risotto, there's a rice recipe for every occasion. You can easily take a trip around the world through rice recipes, eating something completely different every night. Just check out these recipes to see what we mean:

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Enjoy rice in many different ways

Finding the Right Grain for Your Rice Recipes

Even though rice is loved all over the world, cooking it can be a bit tricky! The golden rule is that not all rice is the same. If you're trying to use basmati to make risotto, for example, you're in trouble before you even get started. Here are some common types of rice and what to use them for:

Basmati rice: This long-grained rice is most commonly found in Indian and other South Asian dishes. It makes a great pilau rice because each grain holds its shape nicely. When cooked, basmati has a great aroma and slightly nutty flavour.

Arborio rice: This is a short-grained rice that Italians love for risotto. It has a lot of starch that releases when you cook it, creating that ultra-creamy texture that good risotto needs.

Jasmine rice: With a long grain and a wonderful aroma, jasmine rice is the traditional partner of Thai curries. It also works well with other strongly flavoured Asian dishes, like our Korean spicy tofu bibimbap with mushrooms and pickled carrot.

Sushi rice: This is a short-grained, slightly sticky rice. Japanese sushi rice is quite similar to Italian arborio rice. The difference is in how you prepare it: you should never rinse rice for a risotto, but you'll need to rinse it thoroughly for sushi. The starch that Italians love is considered a no-no on Japanese tables.

Brown rice: This wholegrain rice will keep you fuller for longer. You'll need to be on the ball before you cook it, though, as brown rice takes about twice as long as white rice to prepare.

Red rice and black rice: Have you ever tried red rice? Don't just grab this variety because you like the colours — it needs special treatment and preparation. Coloured rice has a rich, nutty taste and is a bit chewier than white rice.

Rice Recipes for Wholesome Midweek Meals

Focusing on health? We've put together a few tips for deliciously wholesome rice dishes that you can enjoy on a regular basis:

Go brown: Brown rice contains whole grain, which means it releases energy more slowly than white rice. After eating dinner with brown rice, you'll feel full for hours! Some people find brown rice an acquired taste, so serve it with a strongly flavoured sauce at first.

Mix in veggies: The good thing about rice is that it goes so well with everything. Add plenty of colourful vegetables to your egg fried rice, and getting your five a day is easier than ever! Take a look at rice salad recipes, too. They're a great alternative to pasta salads and a simple way to use up leftovers.

Try a rice bowl: A rice bowl is a simple dish that gives you all the nutrients you need. Try our Middle Eastern mushroom rice bowl, for example. This vegetarian-friendly meal doesn't need any kind of calorie-laden side dishes. It's got everything you could ask for in one yummy bowl.

Reach for cauliflower: Cauliflower rice is a huge hit with the low-carb crowd. Even if you're not a dedicated keto fan, mixing cauliflower with white rice is a great way to sneak in some nutrients. This trick works particularly well with flavour-packed Thai or Mexican rice recipes.

Rice Recipe FAQs

What is rice made of?

Rice is a grain that grows in wetland regions. There are different types of rice plants, each of which has its own unique qualities.

How to make egg fried rice?

If your egg fried rice turns out mushy, you're doing it wrong! The most common mistake is using fresh-cooked rice. Use leftover rice, which will hold its shape better.

Can you reheat rice?

Yes, but be very careful. Bacteria can easily thrive on rice grains. Make sure you cool it down properly and reheat it thoroughly.

How much rice per person?

Generally, you want between 50-100g per person. Think about what you're serving with the rice, too. Is it the main event or playing a supporting role with plenty of other tasty bites on the table?

Can you freeze cooked rice?

Yes, but make sure to cool it as quickly as possible. It's best to freeze cooked rice in little bags with one or two portions for easy reheating.

How to cook basmati rice?

Use a 2:1 water-to-rice ratio. That means 200ml of water for 100g of rice. After 10-12 minutes, your rice should be perfectly cooked.

What's the difference between white rice and brown rice?

Brown rice is whole grain, while white rice has been refined. That means brown rice has more fibre, vitamins and minerals, but white rice cooks faster.

How do you store cooked and uncooked rice?

Keep uncooked rice in a sealed bag in the press. Once cooked, cool it quickly and pop it in the fridge. Be sure to reheat it all the way through before serving.

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