Rice may well be a simple and widely consumed staple food all over the world, but this particularly cereal grain also has numerous health benefits. In addition to being a great source of energy, vitamins and minerals, rice has been known to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, protect against the development of cancerous cells and reduce obesity.
Having said that, even the most experienced chef struggles to cook rice on occasion, as it can easily become too hard or mushy. Thankfully, rice cookers (that you can easily grab from places like Tesco) enable anyone to serve up this nourishing foodstuff with the greatest of ease.
But did you know that you rice cookers come in handy with a variety of other ingredients, recipes and dishes too? Here are just some of the possibilities:
That’s right. You can make tasty desserts such as poached fruit using a rice cooker. What’s more, it is remarkably simple and truly delectable. The choice of ingredients is up to you, but how about pomegranate spice pears in apple cider with cinnamon, cardamom and ginger flavourings? Delicious!
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day and while several cultures enjoy rice first thing in the morning, most people like oatmeal or porridge instead. But what about preparing it in a rice cooker? Simply pour in some dry oats, add a bit of fruit, and then top up with water. Voila, a healthy and hearty breakfast.
Cook a frittata
Similar to an omelette but usually much tastier thanks to additional ingredients such as meats and vegetables, a frittata is very straightforward to make in a rice cooker. Beat half a dozen eggs in a bowl with grated cheese and seasoning, add some pre-cooked vegetables and then place in the rice cooker. Before you know it, a mouth-watering frittata will be ready to devour
Bake a cake
Yet another option for those with a sweet tooth. You don’t necessarily bake a cake with a rice cooker, but compared to using an oven, it will be just as moist and mouth-watering. Preparation is the same as any other cake, but instead of pouring the mixture into a tin, tip it into a well-greased rice cooker and you’ll end up with a light and fluffy pudding.
Make a risotto
Okay, this is more of a traditional rice dish, but risottos are quite difficult to get right, so many will warmly welcome any additional assistance. The choice of ingredients is vast, but as long as you remember to use Arborio rice, it is incredibly easy to make an appetising risotto with a rice cooker.
So, along with their normal purpose, rice cookers can be utilised for several other dishes and are really quite versatile.
Until Next Time… Charlotte x