Adding flavor to white rice is an essential step to enjoy your meal. Flavors excite our palate as well as the color of our food. Why not add both?
Rice, in general, has been getting a lot of attention due to its nutritional benefits and how it is processed. White rice is highly processed and missing its hull (the hard protective coating), bran (outer layer) and germ (nutrient-rich core). Because white rice is highly processed it lacks several vitamins that you will find in other types of rice. Check out this article in the reference section to learn more about white rice.
Is white rice the best option? Not necessarily but there are instances where it might be the best option. For example, adding vegetables or meat to rice are great ways to add flavors to rice. Usually, white rice is used instead of brown rice. This is because white rice cooks much faster than most other types of rice. It is also very affordable and available in every supermarket.
As a staple grain in many cultures, rice, in general, is by far one of the most liked grain. There are tons of sweet and savory recipes available. Adding flavor is not difficult. Fresh herbs, spices, seafood, meat, poultry or vegetables are some of the ways to add flavor.
Here are some ways to add flavor to white rice:
Cooking rice with onion is a common way in the Caribbean. The onion is sliced and cooked in the oil first to release its flavors. The onion is cooked until it becomes translucent and not browned. Water, salt and rice are then added to complete the dish.
Herbs such as scallions (also a spice), parsley, cilantro, dill, and chives are great. They are very aromatic and also add color. It is recommended to add them during the last minutes of cooking or after cooking. If you add these herbs while the rice is cooking, they will not retain their bright greenish color. The taste may not be the same as well.
There are tons of vegetables you can add to rice. For example, cabbage, a popular vegetable, an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, and vitamin B6, is perfect with rice. When mixed with fresh tomatoes, it is the perfect rice with a vegetable dish you can make. For the broth, you can use a vegetable or chicken broth and add additional spices. You can also add carrots and peas as this is a popular way to cook rice.
Adding meat, poultry or seafood
A popular traditional Spanish rice, paella is prepared with seafood, chicken, and sausages. Another recipe Rice with Chickpeas and Chicken is delicious and easy to make.
White rice is also prepared as a dessert.
Rice is also prepared as desserts or even super. A bowl of rice pudding or sweet rice with raisins cooked with spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg is a favorite of many. There are many different and similar versions in different countries or the Caribbean Islands.
Cooking rice is easy as you may already know or have heard. It is about knowing the ratios of liquid and grains. But again not all types of rice are the same. There are different sizes and types as well. Whole grain, short grain, basmati or jasmine to name a few are most common in supermarkets. Find a brand of rice you like and stay with it.