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« on: December 30, 2008 07:49:01 PM »

My grandma bought me a rice cooker for Christmas and I was wondering if anyone knew some easy rice recipies because I'm sure only eating while rice with butter isn't good for me. Thank you  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2009 05:19:26 AM »

You can serve practically anything over rice, make desserts, sushi...Depends on what you're in the mood for!   Here are some rice recipes from my new favorite food blog, Almost Turkish:  http://almostturkishrecipes.blogspot.com/2008/05/pilav.html

You'll have to make some substitutions, of course, such as water or vegetable broth for any kind of meat broth, etc., but there are some very tasty, simple recipes there.
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« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2009 06:20:26 PM »

You can serve practically anything over rice, make desserts, sushi...Depends on what you're in the mood for!   Here are some rice recipes from my new favorite food blog, Almost Turkish:  http://almostturkishrecipes.blogspot.com/2008/05/pilav.html

You'll have to make some substitutions, of course, such as water or vegetable broth for any kind of meat broth, etc., but there are some very tasty, simple recipes there.

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« Reply #3 on: January 05, 2009 07:30:20 PM »

You shoud also experiment with different kinds of rice.
I LOVE jasmine rice. It's sweet, smells yummy, and is sticky!
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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2009 03:54:52 PM »

fyi - my rice cooker always undercooks short grain brown rice.  I do that on the stove top.
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« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2009 03:48:12 AM »

I want a rice cooker!
my 9 yr old son loves rice with mixed vegtables, and shreaded chicken or fish flaked into it
or just the veggies and a cheesey sauce dribbled over it
rice pudding with skimmed milk cinnerman/nutmeg and sultanas

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« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2009 06:58:50 PM »

My rice cooker is only good for gathering dust.   Undecided

I make basmati rice in the microwave.  1 cup of rice + 1-3/4 cups of water + whatever seasoning you may want (I usually throw in a bay leaf, a couple of cardamon pods, and/or some cloves).  Cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 5 minutes on high, followed by 15 minutes at 50% power.  (This recipe does NOT halve.  I learned that the hard way after I turned 1/2 cup of rice into a rice cake.)  You could try basmati in the rice cooker if you want.  You do have to rinse basmati rice before you cook it, but this isn't hard to do.

Basmati rice goes very well with Indian food, and there are so many lovely vegetarian Indian dishes out there.
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« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2009 02:18:33 PM »

Basmati does work in the rice cooker.  If you want, you can use other liquids to cook the rice:  juices, broths, etc.  I like to put some turmeric into my rice water so that it can have some color.  Try experimenting.  Dried fruit is good with some types of rice, and you can make pilafs using your rice cooker.  Sometimes I like to do a black bean/corn/onion/diced tomato mixture with rice, and cook it all together until everything is soft.  This does depend on what type of rice cooker you have, its capacity, and what the actual cooking pot is made of.  Just for the record, if you ever have leftover steamed rice that goes hard in the refrigerator, just sprinkle it with water, cover it up in a microwave-safe bowl, and resteam it in the microwave for a couple of minutes.  It comes out like it was freshly made.
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« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2009 01:54:12 PM »

i like that the rice cooker slightly under cooks brown rice (brown rice takes about 1/3 cup more water than white rices, so that might be why)  slightly undercooked pastas and rice are actually better for digestion.  anyway, after i take mine out of the rice cooker, i put it on the stove top with a little bit of olive oil and spike. yummy Smiley also great with sun dried tomatoes mixed in
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« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2009 10:48:29 PM »

We cook basmati rice in the rice cooker all the time.  We got a giant bag from Costco. Smiley  I would recommend trying a few different kinds of rice to see what you like.  Our rice cooker takes almost 2 hours to cook brown rice or wild rice, but it's worth the wait - the brown rice is so much more fluffy than it ever was when I cooked it on the stovetop.

This is a nice risotto recipe which goes together pretty easily in the rice cooker: Risotto - There is a tutorial link at the bottom of the page that goes step by step.  You can ignore the salmon, of course!  This risotto with asparagus is one of our favorite meals.

Other ideas - just heat up some frozen veggies, and have them over your rice with soy sauce, peanut sauce, or any spices or seasonings you like.  Or make veggie fried rice. 

Rice and beans is a good standby when you don't have fresh veggies on hand - just rinse and drain a can of beans (black, kidney, whatever you have on hand) and heat it up on the stove with a little veggie broth and some spices (garlic and onions, or garlic and onion powder, italian seasoning, whatever you like).  You can put in a can of diced tomatoes if you like.  Serve the beans over the rice, and top with some cheese if you like.  A variation on this is to do Mexican beans - black beans, tomatoes, garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, chili powder, and a few drops of tabasco sauce.  You can add some frozen corn, or other veggies if you like.  This is good over rice or in tortillas.

Anyway, that's just a few ideas.  Rice is a really versatile food - think of it as being like bread or pasta and you will think of many more ideas.  Oh, and I forgot to mention, you don't necessarily have to use your rice cooker for cooking rice.  A friend of ours cooks steel cut oats in his all the time, and I'm sure there are lots of other things you can make in it.  Enjoy!
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