Now that you’ve decided to add the nutritional goodness of rice to your dinner table, there are lots of great rice recipes to scour over before deciding upon your next feast. There are wild rice recipes, rice soup or congee recipes, recipes for rice balls, sushi, rice porridge, rice pudding and many tasty and varied renditions of fried rice recipes.
Once you learn how to cook rice you'll find that there are rice recipes from every corner of the planet, from Singapore to East Texas, you can find delectable ways to cook, chill, fry, steam and bake rice. Following are a few of our favorites just to get you started:
Tasty Singapore Rice
Purchase or find before cooking: Peanut oil, eggs, garlic, green chilies, steamed rice (preferably jasmine or whole grain white rice), yellow, green and red peppers, salt, sugar, frozen or fresh peas, curry powder, soy sauce, chili powder, king prawns or cooked chicken, green onions or shallots.
Add peanut oil and eggs and cook until eggs are scrambled. Add pre-cooked rice (preferably cooked overnight and left in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours); add the rest of the ingredients, stirring in one at a time to let the flavor of each delicious ingredient seep into the rice. Add the green onions and peas last as they are the fastest to cook, and you don’t want them wilted, just oozing flavor. Soy sauce should be the final touch – add to your taste. …Certainly one of the preferred rice recipes.
Rice Balls – Onigiri
Purchase or find before cooking: Japanese rice, dried seaweed (nori), sesame seeds, salt, and one or more of several ingredients for the filling – cooked salmon, katsuobushi or dried fish flake, ume (pickled plum), scallops, or shrimp (pre-cooked).
Gather about half a cup or one hand-full of steamed rice (cooled) in a bowl. Gently wet your hands with water, so that they do not stick to the rice when handling it. Make a small hole in a rice ball you form with your hands and place the desired filling inside, i.e., salmon, ume, scallops, etc. Roll the ball back up and then season the outside of the ball with a little sea salt and cover with sesame seeds by rolling the ball on a sheet of parchment paper covered in the seeds. One of the best rice recipes… Enjoy!
Wild Rice Recipes: Texas Pecan
Purchase of find before cooking (pecans grow abundantly in Texas, so you may even be able to find a road side stand to purchase yours freshly harvested): 1/3 cup of Pecans, organic chicken or vegetable broth, butter, salt, 6 cups pre-cooked wild rice, 4 or 5 green onions sliced thin, ¼ cup of raisins, 1 tsp of grated orange rind, ½ cup orange juice or 1 tsp orange extract, 1 spoonful of olive oil, pepper to taste, fresh parsley to taste, ¼ cup of dried cranberries or currants.
Boil the chicken broth, butter, and salt in a large saucepan. Add the pre-cooked wild rice, and toss in the remaining ingredients. Add a little pepper and stir completely to allow all the flavors to mix and ingredients to become equally distributed throughout the mixture. One of the greats of rice recipes… Serve and enjoy!
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