Rice is an excellent source of complex carbohydrates, which are broken down to glucose, most of which is used as energy for exercise and as essential fuel for the brain. It is good source of protein, vitamins and minerals such as thiamine, niacin, iron, riboflavin, vitamin D, calcium, and fiber. Rice has no fat, so sodium and no cholesterol. Rice is an excellent food to include in a balanced diet.
For all the rice recipes and dishes, the cooking time and amount of water will depend on the quality of rice. You will get an exact idea when you use a particular type of rice again and again. Always buy the same brand and type of rice so that you get an idea of its cooking properties.
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Many people think that rice contains too much starch which is not good for health. The starch is mainly complex carbohydrates. It also contains resistant starch, which reaches the bowel undigested, keeping the bowel healthy. Basmati rice is lower in starch than many other varieties.
A cup (20 g) of cooked white basmati rice contains
Carbohydrates: 44.5 g
Fiber: 0.63g, while brown rice contains more than 3g.
Plain Rice Recipe
How To Cook Plain White Rice?
Recipe type: Fat free, cholesterol free
Preparation time: 15 minute
- 1 cup Basmati Rice (preferably Dehraduni)
- 2 teaspoon lime juice
- 3-4 Bay leaves
- Wash rice. Soak in 2.5 cup water half an hour in advance.
- In a deep skillet take rice with water, add lime juice and bays leaves.
- Boil till the rice is cooked, 12-15 minutes.
- Cover the skillet with a plate of size equal to the rim of the skillet. Hold the skillet and the plate carefully at its rim and tilt to drain all the water in another skillet. (You can use a sieve to drain off all the water, if you are not comfortable with the method just mentioned.) Keep this water for making soup.
- Remove the bays leaves.
Serve with any vegetable curry.
Uma Aradhya K (uma_rudresh at yahoo dot co dot in) has suggested the following south Indian dishes:
1. Tamarind Rice Recipe:
Take rice and mix tamrind juice, little jaggery, salt and red chili powder or rasam powder and season with mustard, jeera, curry leaves, garlic and ground nuts.
2. Spicy Rice
Rice 1 Cup, tomato 2-3, onion 1, grated coconut, corriander leaves, mint leaves, 1/2 teaspoon garam masala, red chili powder, salt to taste.
Put 2 spoon oil in a cooker and add mustard, cumin, half tea spoon garam masala, ginger and garlic paste, chopped onion, chopped tomato, rice, chili powder, salt, corriander and mint leaves and close cooker. Let it cook up to 3 whistles.
You can also add sambar power.