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Why rinse basmati rice?

Every Indian recipe I see seems to insist on rinsing basmati rice before cooking it. Why, I have no idea, because I never rinse it, yet I can discern no difference between my rice and rice cooked by ...
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how do you get sushi rice to not stick to your hands?

I am laying out my sushi rice by forming it into a ball with my hands and spreading it on the nori. I watched some video tutorials on this, and it seems like the rice is not sticking to the chef's ...
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How do I make black rice turn out better in a rice cooker?

There appears to be little to no info out there specifically regarding black rice and rice cookers. My rice cooker manual says nothing about it. The article on wikihow, "3 Ways to Prepare Black Rice", ...
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Microwave rice cooker vs low-end electric rice cookers

So, at my parents home we had a two part microwave rice cooker which created relatively dry rice in my experience (though I only used it myself a couple of time), but I actually like it better than ...
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Why would I buy a rice cooker?

A friend of mine I'm getting an apartment with next year said that we should invest in a rice cooker. I'm fairly adept in the kitchen and don't come from a family that uses a rice cooker so I would ...
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Storing rice krispie treats

Do rice krispie treats need to be refrigerated, or can they be stored at room temperature? I'd like to know both whether leaving them out is safe, and whether refrigeration will affect their flavor ...
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What kind of rice is used in Chinese cooking?

I love the Chinese food we get from takeaway shops, and often to save on the cost we will cook our own rice at home. This is good, but the rice never seems to have the same texture as takeaway rice - ...
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Can I freeze dried rice noodles after they've been rehydrated?

I'm on a diet and am eating a lot of stir-frys. I use very thin dried rice noodles. Because I only want a specific amount, which is hard to judge when I pull the noodles apart, can I freeze them once ...
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How do I avoid dry meat and burned masala and rice in biryana?

I have tried to make Biryani several (3, lol) times using this recipe but never got it right. The meat gets too dry, and the masala and rice often get burned. How can I avoid this?
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How are puffed rice cakes flavoured?

I am working on puffed rice cakes, but I can not find how they are flavoured. Is the oil sprayed on it and seasoning sprinkled after? Or is an oil-seasoning slurry sprayed, or is it something else ...
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What's the best way to store rice long-term?

I have purchased a rather large bag of long-grain white rice (25 lbs.) and need to know the best way for storing it long-term. This rice will be used as both a food-storage food source and as my ...
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How do I cook sticky rice/glutinous rice in my rice cooker?

I would like to try and recreate the sticky rice (aka glutinous rice or sweet rice) as I often find served in a kratip at my local USA Thai restaurant. I already have a rice cooker - the Hamilton ...
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Why does my horchata have too much sediment?

I've tried a few times to make horchata. My process is as follows: Put 1 cup of long grain rice, one cinnamon stick, and 4 cups of water in the blender. Blend briefly to break up. Let soak for ...
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Rice has water inside after being cooked

I have this Rooster A.A.A. Scented Jasmine Rice that I recently bought and after a few days, water starts forming in the middle for some reason. A little background, I had a bag of Thai rice that ...
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Where can I Buy Kaima or Jeerakasala Rice?

I'm trying to prepare an Indian Biriyani dish, and it calls for Kaima rice, also known as Jeerakasala. I understand that there are alternatives, like Basmati, but I really would love to try this ...
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Coconut rice; should it taste like coconut?

I made coconut rice yesterday with a simple recipe (coconut milk, water, tsp sugar, pinch of salt, rice, all in the rice cooker). I was a little bit underwhelmed by the output; the rice was cooked ...
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What is GABA Rice?

GABA rice seems to command a high premium is only found on Amazon in a few varieties, one by Koshihikari, one by Sempio. Is GABA rice anything but brown rice pre-heated? Is there any health benefits ...
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Rice pilaff preparation on bbq grill

I've just bought a new BBQ grill "Sunday One Tower". I am beginner to grilling and now I wonder how to prepare rice pilaff on my grill. I think I need a Soap stone with Frame and then place a bowler ...
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Boiling rice - drain or boil off water?

Because different rice varieties have different cooking times, I find it hard sometimes not to over/under cook them. I do it in two ways: Boil off all the excess water, and fluff it with a fork. ...
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How can I make my risotto less firm?

I've prepared risotto from scratch a handful of times in the last few months. While I've been happy with the flavor, the texture left a little something to be desired. In specific, it tasted like ...
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How does a typical electric rice cooker work?

I have a cheap $15 rice cooker from my undergrad days (link). It has a metal pad on the bottom attached to a spring, a "Cook" switch (feels like a toaster lever), a "Cooking" light and a "Warm" light. ...
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Which rice is best for rice pudding?

I live in a small town in Argentina and there is no special rice available for cooking with milk, like I am used to buy in Germany. Which sort of rice is best for cooking with milk. It should get ...
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How do I keep the rice cooker from boiling over?

Possible Duplicate: Stopping water from bubbling over when cooking rice I am having epic rice-cooker failure here. I measure out the amount of rice suggested by the little cup thingy. I ...
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How can I improve my fried rice?

I'm an amateur cook with almost no experience (never taught by my parents, first time cooking on my own was first few days living on my own), so I'm studying very hard because I want to be a great ...
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What is the best way to infuse garlic flavor in the bland brown rice?

I have got fresh garlic cloves. I want the brown rice to have a garlic flavor. Please mention the garlic quantity needed for the 5 table spoons of uncooked brown rice. What is the best way to infuse ...
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How are jasmine and basmati rice related, how are they different?

While I really like to eat rice, I did not spend much attention on the kind of rice I was eating - up to now. Actually, I'd probably confuse basmati and jasmine rice... Obviously, I'm now curious ...
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How do restaurants make chicken fried rice? What ingredient am I missing?

Everytime I try to make chicken fried rice like I get at the take out place it never tastes like it does when they make it. We all know the basic ingredients Rice (1 day old), Chicken, Green Onions, ...
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(How) can I store and cook leftover rice so it isn't soggy? [duplicate]

My wife and I like Asian meals (Curry, Niku Jaga, et cetera) and without fail we tend to make more rice than we need. I would encourage her to cook less rice, but a preferable solution would be to ...
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How to make puffed/popped rice?

Is it possible to make puffed rice at home like the rice used in breakfast cereals? I have a hot air popcorn maker and have experimented with that with little success. I imagine the problem is to do ...
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Are sushi rice and arborio rice valid substitutes of each other?

Sometimes I have only one sushi rice and want to prepare risotto, sometimes is the other way around. Both varieties have a lot of starch, but I don't know if it's the same starch. Is it?
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When I boil rice, they lump together after a while. How to prevent this?

I boil rice often and then store them. Next day when I take them out of the fridge, they are lumped together in one structure. I can heat them and then press them to separate them. The same even ...
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Stopping water from bubbling over when cooking rice

Every time I cook brown rice (in a traditional pot, or in my new rice cooker), large bubbles form and spill over the sides. How can I prevent this? I found this question, but wasn't able to draw ...
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How can I make Chinese Fried Rice like they do on the East Coast?

I've been living in California for about 14 years and really miss the Chinese fried rice I would get at Chinese restaurants on the East Coast (Boston in specific). The fried rice I get at Chinese ...
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What causes egg-covered puffed rice cakes to become soft when pan fried (and how to control it)?

While recently making fried bread slices dipped in egg (both white and yolk), I've run out of bread. Since I've already had everything else prepared, I've decided to go ahead and replace the bread ...
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What is the ingredient that makes a Spanish paella so particular?

I have eaten paella in Spain; I then ate it in Italy, but it didn't taste like the one in Spain. What is the ingredient that makes the Spanish paella so particular? I remember they used a particular ...
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Should I season my sushi rice before or after cooking?

When I make rice for sushi, I season it with sugar, salt, rice vinegar, and mirin. I'm never sure if I should add these at the beginning or near the end of cooking the rice. Does it matter when I add ...
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Help! Chicken and Wild rice soup needs some extra flavor [closed]

I made a creamy chicken and wild rice soup for the first time following a recipe I found online. However, now that it's finished, I think it needs more flavor. The only seasonings I used was a the ...
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What types of rice are appropriate to use in a rice cooker?

I have recently acquired a Zojurushi fuzz logic rice cooker. What I am having difficult to find is the best kind of rice to use with it; I am looking for a good brown and white rice that can go with ...
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Rice flour: weight to volume

I have a recipe that calls for 1 lb of glutinous rice flour (mochiko), but I don't have a kitchen scale. Approximately how many cups would this be equivalent to?
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Mochi: pounded vs. from rice flour

Is there any noticeable difference between mochi made from pounded rice, versus mochi made from mixing rice flour and water together and cooking briefly? If not, why bother with the labor-intensive ...
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Should rice be washed with hot water or cold water?

For both long-grain (Jasmine) and short-grain rice I typically rinse the rice with cold water to remove some of the starch and to clean the rice a bit. What temperature (hot/warm/cold) should I use ...
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Why don't most non-East Asian varieties of rice stick together?

Having tried a number of different kinds of rice, I've noticed that the only ones that seem to have grains that "stick" together are white varieties often used in East Asian cooking (jasmine (to some ...
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Is white rice bleached before being processed?

My dad is being especially paranoid of this. He claims to have read a paper years ago that said that the standard in rice processing was bleaching the rice to produce "whiter" rice. I've been ...
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Sweet rice recipe help? Panama cook book recipe

This is from my vague Panama cookbook for "Sweet Rice." It's a side dish, not dessert. Ingredients: - 4 or 5 coconuts (Google says 1 coconut is 1 or 2 cups of coconut milk) - 1/2 pound of ginger ...
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“Instant” leftover rice? Making leftover-like rice without the wait? (as in for fried rice)

I have a bunch of recipes which use leftover cold rice: rice salads, fried rice, rice cakes, and similar. However, I rarely have large quantities of rice left over in the fridge when I want them, ...
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Sushi rice vinegar proportions

So i'm trying to make sushi rice and i know the essential component is the vinegar/sugar/salt mixture (with the optional kombu, which i don't have access to, so i omit entirely). I would like to hear ...
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Can I leave uncooked rice sitting in water for an hour or longer before cooking?

I'm prepping for a dinner party. And I put uncooked long grain brown rice + oil + water in a pot, as usual. But I'm not cooking it right this minute. The rice is sitting in the pot with the water. Can ...
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spanish rice ran out of liquid and is getting sticky

help! My rice is still hard and I have a party coming over. I ran out of liquid and stirred it. Tastes great but center is hard. What can I do?
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Is there a quick substitute for condensed milk?

I'm making steamed rice cakes, and the recipe calls for 3 tablespoons of Condensed milk. I want to have the steamed cakes ready in time for dinner, which is around 30 minutes from now. I've searched ...
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What kind of rice can I use in a salt shaker to prevent clumping

Will brown rice eliminate clumps in the salt shaker as well as white rice? I know white rice works well in a salt shaker to eliminate clumps caused by humidity, but I only have brown rice on hand. ...