Sunday, March 27, 2022

Old-Fashioned Rice Pudding


6 cups whole milk, divided

1/2 cup sugar1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup long grain white rice, I use a heaping half cup

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

ground cinnamon, optional


In a large saucepan, combine 5 1/2 cups milk, sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
Stir in rice and reduce heat to low. Be sure to adjust the heat so that it is at a gentle simmer.
Stirring occasionally, cook for 50 to 60 minutes. Mixture should thicken up to consistency of yogurt. Once thickened, remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

Let cool and then refrigerate. The last 1/2 cup milk is stirred in just before serving. Sprinkle with cinnamon if desired.

Recipe Source: Spicy Southern Kitchen

Thursday, March 24, 2022

Outrageously delicious Rice MEALS for Dinner Tonight!

Think beyond fried rice – here’s my top 20 rice recipes that are rice meals for dinner! For all those times you’re wondering what to make with rice, I’m betting you’ve got everything you need to make at least one of these right now.

From an epic One Pot Greek Chicken and Rice, to a colourful beef and rice, stuffed peppers and rice soup, the one thing all these have in common other than RICE is that they’re easy to make and Can’t-Stop-Eating-It delicious.

Recipe Source: Recipetineats

Monday, March 21, 2022

Mushroom Rice

Rice with Mushrooms recipe video!
Note the part where I add some of the broth to deglaze the pot
and it turns a dark brown colour, that’s why my rice is brown (and extra tasty!)

Friday, March 18, 2022

Curried Rice

A fabulous Basmati rice recipe, loaded with curry flavours.
This will jazz up any meal! 
Get full recipe here

Monday, March 14, 2022

Turmeric Jasmine Rice Recipe Made In The Instant Pot With Roasted Chicken

Are you a foodie in love with delicious foods from just about everywhere? If yes, try our Middle Eastern-inspired Turmeric Jasmine Rice recipe made in the Instant Pot with Roasted Chicken, and you may have a new favorite easy rice recipe to add to your dinner line-up!

Being a foodie is all about tasting delicious foods from across the globe; to limit your options to only the foods you’re familiar with isn’t what being a foodie is all about. Being a lover of food is about exploration, as it is about appreciating good food regardless of its origins. Our Turmeric Jasmine Rice using leftover roasted chicken, is a nod to middle eastern food fare. It pays homage to some of the best rice dishes I have loved ever since I first tried middle eastern saffron rice for Lebanon rice or lentils and rice with caramelized onions. Every one of these rice dishes is worth seeking out if you haven’t tried them.

Get the recipe here

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Easy Thai Basil Chicken - Only 15 minutes (Pad Kra Pao)

This Thai Basil Chicken is perfect when the hankering for Thai food strikes and that's all you want! Its fast, easy and you don't need to go hunting for ingredients. Also called pad kra pao in Thai, its a popular dish when you visit Thailand thats available at every street corner. It can be made with ground chicken or cubed chicken thighs. It has a short ingredient list and super fast prep. It's the perfect candidate for 15 minute weeknight dinners!

Saturday, March 5, 2022

Rice, Rice, Rice...

rice, (Oryza sativa), edible starchy cereal grain and the grass plant (family Poaceae) by which it is produced. Roughly one-half of the world population, including virtually all of East and Southeast Asia, is wholly dependent upon rice as a staple food; 95 percent of the world’s rice crop is eaten by humans. Rice is cooked by boiling, or it can be ground into a flour. It is eaten alone and in a great variety of soups, side dishes, and main dishes in Asian, Middle Eastern, and many other cuisines. Other products in which rice is used are breakfast cereals, noodles, and such alcoholic beverages as Japanese sake.

Physical description

The cultivated rice plant is an annual grass and grows to about 1.2 metres (4 feet) in height. The leaves are long and flattened and are borne on hollow stems. The fibrous root system is often broad and spreading. The panicle, or inflorescence (flower cluster), is made up of spikelets bearing flowers that produce the fruit, or grain. Varieties differ greatly in the length, shape, and weight of the panicle and the overall productivity of a given plant.

In the 1960s the so-called Green Revolution, an international scientific effort to diminish the threat of world hunger, produced improved strains of numerous food crops, including that known as miracle rice. Bred for disease resistance and increased productivity, this variety is characterized by a short sturdy stalk that minimizes loss from drooping. Poor soil conditions and other factors, however, inhibited its anticipated widespread success.

Source: Britannica

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

The Fascinating World of Rice

With over forty thousand known varieties in the world, it’s often difficult to distinguish the many types of rice. Color of rice is not the only variable to consider. Its length, shape, texture, and aroma can all differ in multiple ways. But most importantly, the uses of rice in different kitchens across the world have almost limitless possibilities.

Here is a guide to several types of rice, some health benefits that come with certain varieties, and how they’re most commonly used in different cultures.

Basmati Rice

Basmati rice: the usual accompanist to the Tikka Masala dishes that we eat at Crystal. This long grain is a major player in Indian cuisine, featuring in curries, pilafs, braised meats, and more. Originally cultivated and grown in India and Pakistan, basmati comes from the Hindi word for “fragrant”. The intensely floral and nutty flavor and aroma of basmati rice makes its name a fitting one. It is also mainly characterized by its strong scent, which comes from a long aging process. Its texture is non-sticky, allowing curry or other sauces to coat each grain for maximum flavor. Both skinny and fluffy, basmati rice is perfect for sauces needing a carbohydrate companion.

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