Ingredient spotlight: red rice

Red rice

Red rice to me was another one of those items that I got just because I like that it’s not the standard color. I don’t know if I’ve ever eaten red rice before making it myself. I honestly don’t think so, but it’s hard to be entirely sure. Either way, it really caught my eye in the store and it caught my eye on the plate, so I would say it delivered exactly what was expected. 

It has a bit of a more earthy kind of flavour to me than white rice, although it is not that different in the end. In terms of ease of preparation, it is virtually the same as cooking other rice. You totally got this! You can do it! I believe in you! And before you know it, you’ll be plating up extravagant looking dishes with new ingredients and enjoying even more new foods!

Nutrition

Red rice is the rice with the highest nutritional value of all. That’s nothing to scoff at! I am gonna be honest here with you though, I am not worrying about the exact milligrams of vitamins and minerals in my food, I just want it to taste delicious. And look delicious, especially in this case. (Is there something super important you think I’ve forgotten? Comment below.)

Uses/Recipes

In terms of recipes to use this with, just use it as you would use regular white rice. The only caveat is that you can pay special attention to contrasting colors with this one. Make some white fish, or some shrimp to make the rice into a main. It is also suitable to use in a salad as a side dish. 

Whatever way you end up using your red rice, I am sure it will be delightful! Try it out for yourself and see if you like it. It could be that it’s something for you! Enjoy cooking! No matter what happens, you’ll learn something, and you’ll be smarter after. You got this. I believe in you!

Sources

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_rice 
  2. https://food.ndtv.com/food-drinks/white-rice-brown-rice-or-red-rice-which-one-is-the-healthiest-747933
  3. https://food.ndtv.com/news/healthy-rice-here-s-a-complete-guide-to-red-rice-benefits-recipes-and-more-2161315
  4. https://recipes.timesofindia.com/articles/food-news/what-is-red-rice-its-health-benefits-tips-to-eat-and-interesting-recipes/articleshow/65023617.cms
  5. https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/11/15/the-difference-between-white-brown-and-red-rice_a_23277524/
  6. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/healthiest-rice
  7. https://www.healthbenefitstimes.com/health-benefits-of-red-rice/

General caveats that I feel compelled to add: 

I am *NOT* a nutritionist. I am just someone who is deeply interested in and profoundly committed to eating delicious food only. In seeking to reach this goal, I am often trying out random new ingredients that I come across. These ingredients are ones I may not know anything about, and so I am simply sharing my notes with you. I will be updating these as I go along and learn more. I will also link to more recipes that use these ingredients, so that you can try them yourself. If you have any allergies or intolerances, please consult with an actual doctor who can guarantee you accurate information.

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