A staple almost every asian swears by, one might even say that they cannot live without rice. Long grain, short grain, pearl rice, this simple starch is widely known as the first cultivated grain in Asia. Its italian counterpart is risotto - made from arborio rice. The difference is, arborio rice when cooked becomes firm and creamy and chewy - making it perfect for Risotto. Like our delicious and simple One-Pot Tom Yum Risotto.
Certain rice types are also healthier than others. White rice is starchy, and contains lesser nutrients than other kinds of rice with its husks, bran and germ removed. Basmati rice is considered the healthiest rice, as it's not as caloric dense as other rice - being long grained. Fun fact: basmati rice elongates as you cook it, resulting in long pointy grained that's fluffy and separates rather than sticking together like white rice.
We show you three different (and on the healthier side) types of grains, and how to use them for the perfect dish.