What are the recipes for making rice

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Rice has many important minerals and is the number 1 staple food. (Photo by: © antpkr / fotolia.com)

Rice varieties - if you have the choice, you are spoiled for choice!

Rice is traded in very different types and varieties. The most common are:

  • Brown rice or brown rice (whole grain)
  • White rice (polished)
  • Parboiled rice (polished)
  • Wild rice
  • Rice noodles and rice sheets
  • Red rice (fermented or red-skinned)
  • Black rice (the rice of kings or purple rice)

Depending on the shape of the tasty grains, rice is divided into round grain, medium grain and long grain.

The origin makes the difference

Similar to wine, the growing conditions, soil, climate and water all contribute to the characteristic rice taste. The favorites among the long grains are the Jasmine rice from Thailand and the Basmati rice from the foot of the Himalayas. While the Basmati has an earthy, woody taste, the jasmine has floral accents.

Many a rice bears its name wrongly, because it is not a child of the rice family. That applies to the Wild rice too, which is the fruit of a bluegrass. It stands out from the price of rice and compensates for the higher price with its fine nut taste and higher levels of protein, magnesium, zinc and iron.

Cooking rice with the swelling method - this is how it works:

Cooking rice properly

You can cook rice using the following methods:

  • Saucepan (swelling method and water method)
  • Rice cooker
  • Steamer
  • microwave
  • Bamboo basket

It works on a different principle Preparation in the steamerwhere the hot steam takes care of the swelling. Some steamers have a separate rice button. If this is not available, an imperforate, flat container is best.

The one common in Asia Bamboo basket is an extremely gentle method of steaming.

The right rice water ratio

  • For white rice varieties such as jasmine rice and basmati rice: 1 part rice and 1.5 parts water. i.e. 1 cup of rice and 1.5 cups of water.
  • At Whole grain rice such as whole grain basmati or natural rice: 1 part rice and 2 parts water. i.e. 1 cup of rice and 2 cups of water.

Rice from the saucepan - swelling method

  • For 2 people you need about 1 teacup of Basmati rice (about 200g)
  • Put the rice in a container and wash twice - drain through a sieve.
  • Then put 1.5 times the amount of water (i.e. 1.5 teacups) together with the rice in a saucepan and add a pinch of salt.
  • Now let the whole thing soak for 10 minutes.
  • Turn on the stove and as soon as the water boils, set the stove to medium heat and let the rice simmer for about 15 minutes with the lid closed until the water has evaporated.

Rice from the saucepan - water method

  • For 2 people you need 1 teacup of Basmati rice (approx. 200g).
  • Put the rice in a container and wash twice - drain through a sieve.
  • Then put about 6 times the amount of water (1.2l) together with the rice in a saucepan and add a pinch of salt.
  • Turn on the stove and as soon as the water boils, set the stove to medium heat and let the rice simmer for about 15 minutes without the lid.
  • Then drain the water through a sieve and drain the rice.
  • To evaporate, add the rice and a piece of butter to the hot pot again and stir briefly until the butter has completely dissolved.

Rice from the steamer

  • Wash the rice 2 times and drain through a sieve.
  • Put the rice in the appropriate, unperforated cooking container.
  • Now add 1.5 times the amount (1.5 cups) of water.
  • Add a little salt and stir.
  • Set the steamer to 100 degrees.
  • Depending on the type of rice, the duration of the cooking process also depends on - 120 g basmati rice approx. 15 min., 120 g jasmine rice approx. 20 min., 120g risotto rice approx. 30 min., 120g whole grain rice approx. 30 min., 120g Wild rice about 40 minutes.

Microwave rice

  • To do this, you need a microwave-compatible vessel with a lid.
  • First wash the rice 2 times and drain through a sieve.
  • Then put the rice with the water in a microwave-safe container with a lid - the water-rice ratio is 1: 1.5.
  • Depending on your taste, you can season the rice with salt and butter before cooking.
  • The cooking time in the microwave depends on the amount of rice. For a cup of rice (approx. 200g) you need approx. 9-10 minutes at 800 watts.

Rice from the rice cooker

  • This information can differ depending on the rice cooker.
  • Wash 1 cup of rice well for 2 people and drain through a sieve.
  • Now put the rice in the rice cooker with 1.5 times the amount of water and season a little with salt.
  • Now close the rice cooker and start the rice program (depending on the device).

Cook rice like Asians do in a bamboo steamer. (Photo by: Jutta C. Beyer / fotolia.com)

Special case: risotto

The rice is first cooked in oil, spices and vegetables, poured over several times with white wine or broth and then refined with butter and Parmesan cheese.

Cooking times and amounts of rice

Whether risipisi, rice meat, risotto or rice pudding, it tastes good and is healthy. (Photo by: © reinhard sester / fotolia.com)

A side dish is charged with 60 g of rice per head. For rice pudding and risotto it can be 100 g. 120 g basmati and jasmine rice take 15-20 minutes. The same amount of brown and whole grain rice will be ready in 30 minutes. It takes 40 minutes for 120 g of wild rice.

The noble one Purple rice (Black rice) is soaked in water beforehand and only strained after hours or even the following day and cooked for 30 to 40 minutes.


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