Easy Vegetarian Flavored Rice Recipe

2017-07-29
  • Yield : 4-6 serving plates
  • Servings : 4-6
  • Prep Time : 10m
  • Cook Time : 45m
  • Ready In : 55m

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Nutritional Info

This information is per serving.

  • Calories

    410
  • Protein

    45.7 g
  • Carbohydrate

    7.8 g
  • Fat

    22 g
  • Cholesterol

    136 mg
  • Calcium

    98 mg
  • Fibre

    1.9 g
  • Sodium

    202 g

Easy vegetarian flavored rice recipe. There are literally hundreds of varieties of rice. For the best result in cooking rice, it is important to know what kind of rice to use in various dishes.

Short-grain rice is suitable for steaming Chinese style, or for Chinese fried rice. It is best for puddings, risotto, or any dish where a creamy result is desired.

Long-grain rice is required for Indian or Middle Eastern dishes such as pilaff or boiled as an accompaniment to curries.

Brown rice, prized, for its nutritive value and vitamin B content, has more flavor than the polished grains and requires longer cooking. Most rice recipes using polish rice may be adapted for brown rice, but more liquid will be needed and the cooking time will have to be increased. It has a firmer, more chewy texture than rice that has been polished.

Basmati, an aromatic table rice grown in Pakistan, is, with its thin, long grains, one of the world’s finest varieties of rice. It is practically impossible to cook this rice badly. It always comes up fluffy and separate, and it’s quite unique fragrance and flavor makes the addition of other ingredients unnecessary.

How to Cook Rice:

Absorption method: add 1 cup washed, drained rice to 2 cups (500 ml) boiling water with 1 teaspoon each of salt and unsalted butter. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to low, cover tightly, and cook gently for 15-20 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow to stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Most kinds of rice cook perfectly by this method; i.e.,2 cups (500 ml) water for the first cup of rice and 1 cup water for each extra cup of rice. The only exception is brown or natural rice, which needs more than twice the quantity of water. One cup brown rice requires 4½ cups (1.1 L) water and takes 1-1¼ hours to cook.

Water bath over medium-high heat with 1 level tablespoon salt method: This method requires a large pan and 8 cups (2 L) water to each cup of rice. Bring 8 cups (2 L) water to a boil over medium-high heat with 1 level tablespoon salt.

Add 1 cup rice and cook for 12-14 minutes, when rice to separate the grains and wash away excess starch. grain pressed between the fingers will feel soft. Drain cooked rice into a colander and pour hot water through to separate the grains and wash away excess starch. If necessary, keep the hot water a pan of simmering water.

Easy Vegetarian Flavored Rice Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (480 g) uncooked Ratna rice
  • 1 large yellow onion,peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove,peeled and crushed
  • 6 whole spice,lightly crushed
  • 8 cardamom pods,lightly crushed
  • 4 oz (120 g) unsakted butter
  • 2 inch (5 cm) cinnamon stick
  • 8 cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • salt,to taste
  • 2 oz (60 g) flaked almonds
  • 4 oz (120 g) Sultanas

Method

Step 1

Soak rice in cold water for 1 hour. Drain thoroughly.

Step 2

In a large saucepan, melt 3 oz (90 g) butter. Add chopped onion,garlic and spices and fry until onion is transparant but not browned.

Step 3

Add soaked rice and cook over low heat, stirring , for 3-4 minutes. Season to taste with salt. Add enough boiling water to cover 1 inch (2.5 cm) above the rice.

Step 4

Cover pan tightly and simmer over very low heat for about 30 minutes, or until water is absorbed and rice is tender.

Step 5

Melt remaining butter in frying pan. Fry almonds and sultanas for 3-5 minutes. Stir into cooked reice. Serve immediately.

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