Nutty, hearty, delicious, and ever so easy, rice is without a doubt a staple ingredient for many traditional Oriental dishes. It is a pertinent building block for many tasty recipes, which is why it is on most people’s dinner list at least once or twice a week. You combine this with the fact that it is a lot healthier than most other sides, and you will be asking yourself why it is not on more people’s lists. With just rice, brown or white, and a few other ingredients, just about anyone can create a healthy meal that tastes just as good as it looks in little to no time at all with little no work. The only problem is, most people have done just about everything imaginable with the dish. To the point where they are tired of it. Well, that could be because they haven’t tried the following!
You have likely heard about people soaking or marinating meats and other ingredients overnight. Heck, this is probably something that you have done from time to time. Well, did you know that you could do this with rice as well? No, that is okay, because a lot of people didn’t know either, but now you do. The big thing with rice, however, is that soaking it overnight not only changes the taste and texture, but it helps increase the overall nutrient absorption rate. This with the softer texture that absorbs flavors more intently, and you will be looking at a new technique that you will be taking advantage of every time you make a dish with rice.
Increasing The Cooking Water
Forget to soak your rice overnight and got a recipe on Corrie Cooks that you are trying to rush for a big dinner? Not a problem! Just because you forgot to soak it overnight, it does not mean that you are up the creek. All you have to do is just simply increase the cooking water to 2 cups. In fact, you can do this rather than soaking it overnight if this is a different approach that you want to take. Nonetheless, all you have to do is add the rice to a small 2-quart pot and fill it with fresh water. Swish the rice and water around until it is completely soaked, strain out the water, and repeat several times. When sufficiently rinsed go ahead and return the rice to the pot along with water and salt.
Bring to a boil on high heat, cover the pot, reduce heat to low, let it simmer for anywhere from 50 to 60 minutes, and you will have a dish just as potent as delicious as if you soaked the rice overnight.
Rice With Lemon-Marinated Kale And Avocado
Looking for something a little healthier, but immensely more delicious? Sure, you are! Combine 1 cup of thinly sliced kale with 2 teaspoons lemon juice, 2 teaspoons cold-pressed flax oil, and a pinch of salt. Massage the kale until it starts to wilt, place ½ a cup in a bowl, drizzle with ½ teaspoon tamari, 1 teaspoon flax oil, and 1 teaspoon of toasted sesame seeds. When finished, top the entire thing with marinated kale and sliced avocado and you will have a dish so delicious, it will become a regular for the family.