Rice is nourishing, delicious, easy to digest and filling and the most consumed food. Since it is low in sodium, and full of minerals and vitamins, it is a staple food in almost all kitchens.While besides the white rice, the brown and red rice is becoming popular, there are many other types of rice which we bet you didn’t know about.
Red Cargo Rice : A Nutty Flavour
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The Red Cargo Rice rice is reddish in colour, hence the name. It’s a long grain Thai rice and like the brown rice, it is milled to remove the outer husk to retain the bran, and is much more nutritious than the regular white rice. Because of it’s nutty flavour it goes well with fish and meat curries. It takes a bit longer to cook and the texture is chewier.
Jasmine Rice : Fragrant Thai Rice
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The Jasmine Rice has a firm texture, with a little floral aroma and is full of nutrients. Like the Red Cargo Rice, this too has a nutty flavour, and turns soft and sticky when cooked. Again like the Red Cargo Rice, this takes a little longer time to cook than normal white rice.
Black Rice : The Emperor’s Rice
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Black Rice gets its colour due to the high level of anthocyanin, the same kind of antioxidant found in eggplant and blueberries. It is also known as the Forbidden Rice or the Emperor Rice since years back, it was fed only to the Chinese Emperors.However, today it is available for all. This rice builds up immunity and is very nutritious.
Wild Rice : World’s Most Expensive Rice
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The flavour of the Wild Rice, is toasty and is considered a grass. This is one of the most expensive, and has a unique texture and flavour, unlike other rice. When it is cooked, it curls and the inside grain turns white giving an unusual black and white colour.
Arborio Rice : Rice With A Dot
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Arborio Rice is a short fat grain of rice with a dot in the center. It gets its name from a town in Italy. The grain when cooked gets really creamy, chewy and absorbs a lot of liquid. Arborio Rice, is perfect for making risotto.
Sushi Rice : The Japanese Favorite
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The Sushi Rice is high in starch. This short grain rice popularly known as Japanese rice, is used to make the delicious Sushis. When cooked, it becomes sticky. It is also used to make rice puddings.
Valencia Rice : Full Of Starch
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The Valencia Rice, is a Spanish short grained rice, similar to the Arborio Rice. It is used to make the famous Spanish Paella. The Valencia Rice is full of starch and absorbs liquids making it ideal for stews and soups.
Next time be a little adventurous and try out these different types of rice!