Techniques for Cooking With Rice
Rice is a very versatile food which can be a meal in itself, can be eaten cold as a salad, hot as a pudding or it can be served as a meal
accompaniment. Use online recipes to get the most out of your packet of rice and experiment with different rices - long grain, short grain, arborio or
risotto rice, pudding rice, brown rice, wild rice and basmati rice.
Here are 4 ways to use rice:-
1. Boiling rice - Rice is a great accompaniment to curry, chilli, casseroles, meat in sauces etc. and can also be used to make rice salads. You can
purchase rice cookers or microwave rice steamers which are worth buying if you make a lot of rice.
To boil rice in a pan, first measure out rice and water. A mugful of rice will easily feed two people as a main course accompaniment and you will need
twice as much water as rice, two mugfuls of boiling water. Either boil the water in a pan or use a kettle and then pour the water into a medium sized
pan. Once the water is boiling, add the rice and a little salt. Bring back to the boil and then turn down to a simmer, place a lid on and leave to cook for
about 15 minutes. Different types of rice will take different amounts of time so check the packet. If there is still liquid left after cooking, simmer for a bit
longer, until it has been absorbed and serve. Some people like to place their cooked rice into a sieve and pour boiling water over it to rinse it, but this
is not necessary.
2. Fried rice - Fried rice can be eaten by itself or as an accompaniment to Chinese dishes. It is a great way of using up leftover rice.
Boil the rice in the usual way and then let it cool. Beat 2 eggs together in a bowl and season. Heat some oil in a large frying pan or wok over a high
heat and add the eggs when the oil is hot. Stir constantly until the eggs are softly scrambled. Add rice and some soy sauce or oyster sauce. Cook until
the rice is hot and everything is combined.
For variety, you can fry chopped onion in the pan before adding the eggs and you can also add cooked ch