It is very hard to argue against the claim that rice is the most important food crop in the world. In fact, it is an integral part of many cultures around the globe. There are nations where people eat rice three times a day. Imagine having rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner. You think those people would get bored of rice. But they never do. This is because rice and meal is synonymous in their lives. No meal is complete without some form of rice. They even use rice to prepare their desserts. That just goes to show you versatility of this food crop. Rice is not as one dimensional as it is portrayed in American media. There is a lot more that can be done with rice than serving it in a plain, bowl. Also, the people of Asia are not the only ones who are crazy for rice.
You Will Never Run Out of Options With Rice
It is common for people to have a blank mind when thinking of preparing a special rice dish at home. If you are accustomed to the Western diet, you are probably not too creative with your cooking of the rice. That is completely normal. There is always room for you to learn, and we are going to help you do just that. The best thing about rice is that it presents infinite possibilities, even if you cannot see them. As long as you are aware of basic rice recipes, you will never run of options. Getting acquainted with a handful of rice recipes is enough to give you a basic understanding of how you can incorporate various flavours and ingredients into a simple, humble and rustic rice dish. In fact, not all rice dishes have to be an emblem of humble and honest food. Some rice dishes can be incredibly extravagant and fancy. There are sushis made with rice out there that sell for double or triple the price of a perfectly cooked and seasoned fillet mignon. Here are two simple and easy to cook delicious long grain rice recipes that you can make great use of at home:
1) Classic Spanish Hot and Spicy Rice
Our first recipe is from Spain, which gives you another reason to believe that Asia is not the only continent in the world where rice is a big deal. This recipe will also show you that pouring grains and water in measured amounts into a rice cooker is not the only way to cook rice. Here are some of the things that you need to prepare the simple and elegant Spanish hot and spicy rice.
● A quarter of a cup of long grain rice
● Finely chopped tomatoes (do not use canned tomatoes)
● 1 medium sized onion that has been finely diced
● 1 cup of cold water
● 1 tsp of salt and 1 tsp of chilli powder
● 1 tbsp of brown sugar
● 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
● A pinch of freshly ground pepper
● A drop of hot and spicy sauce (you can add two drops if you are used to spicy food)
Take a pan. Throw in the long grain rice and pour cold water. The next step is to slowly add all the ingredients starting with the tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, hot and spicy sauce, salt, chilli powder, brown sugar and pepper. Bring this amazing mixture of ingredients to a boil. Let the mixture simmer for a while in low heat. The rice should be cooked in just over 18 minutes. Serve the rice hot and drizzle some extra hot and spicy sauce on top.
2) Jamaican Rice with Kidney Beans and Pigeon Peas
Cooking Jamaican rice is all about subtle variations in the texture. People in Jamaica like to cook rice that adds a little bit of spring to your stride. It is not necessarily a heavy dish, but it is certainly a wholesome meal. Here is what you need to get this rice cooked:
● 2 cups of long grain rice
● 1 cup of fresh coconut milk
● 2 gloves of finely minced garlic
● 2 tsp of extra virgin olive oil
● 1 medium sized onion, finely chopped
● 1 cup of red kidney beans
● 1 cup of Pigeon peas
● 1 large Habanero pepper
● A little bit of salt and ground pepper for seasoning
Start by soaking the peas in water. Do not throw the water away once the peas have been soaked. Add the water to coconut milk and prepare four separate cups of water. Take a large skillet and put it on medium heart. Sautee the onions, beans, peas, garlic and the Habenero pepper till they soften up (but hold on to their crisp texture). Add the rice grains into the skillet along with the cups of milk water. Cover the lid and let it simmer for a minimum of 30 minutes at low temperature.
Wait till all the liquid has been absorbed. The end product should have a nice, fluffy texture and an aromatic fragrance.