Rice Recipes

Rice is the staple dish in India. Rice dishes are particularly relished in South and East India. India probably has the largest variety of Rice Recipes in the world. In fact India is one of the largest producers of brown and white rice accounting for 20% of the world production. As a result you will find many interesting rice dishes in India Whether it is biryani, kheer, vangibhaat, tawapulao, tehri, puttu, appam, dosa, idli or thalipeeth, several rice dishes are indigenous to India.

In this collection, you will our very best rice recipes. Feel free to use any kind of rice. If you are health conscious you can use brown rice, red rice or quinoa.

Infact if you have some time, check out our article on Rice traditions across India on BetterButter.

As a main source of nourishment for over half the world's population, rice is by far one of the most important food crops in the world. Rice is eaten, possibly for every meal by people around the world, there are millions of rice recipes that are native to that particular part of the world, for eg. Spanish paella, Chinese fried rice, Indian kheer or Italian risotto, each and every region has their own particular way of cooking and their own rice recipe. The variety of rice used for any particular Rice recipe is usually indigenous to that particular region and is locally grown, since rice is so versatile, the combinations that taste delicious with rice are endless.Popular rice recipes in India are biryanis, pulaos, lemon rice, curd rice, even the simplest of dishes like the khichdi make use of rice.Though basmati rice is the most popular for making rice recipes in the North, the South Indian region has its own varieties, apart from making rice recipes, two very popular breakfast recipes from South India are also made from rice- Dosa and Idli.

Did you know that there are more than 40,000 varieties of rice? In many cultures, rice is considered to be an auspicious symbol of life and fertility. Interestingly, rice is also the most important food crop of India that covers around one-fourth of the total cropped area, providing food to about half of the population of India and consequently giving rise to an equally high number of native rice recipes.

Around the globe, the Japanese believe it is important not to waste rice. In fact it is considered rude to leave rice in your bowl! Rice is one ingredient which can proudly claim to belong to every cuisine. 9 Tips to cook white rice perfectly for use in any rice recipe- 1. Measure the dry rice in cups. 2. Pick, wash and rinse the rice really well, until the water is clear. 3. Let soak for 15 minutes 4. Drain well. 5. Place in a saucepan with double the amount of water. 6. Let come to a rolling boil, then cook on the lowest heat possible for 10-15 mins without uncovering the pan, till done. 7. Let the rice rest for 5 minutes, covered 8. Use a fork to fluff up the cooked rice. 9. An alternative method is to use plenty of water and then drain out excess when rice is almost cooked, let rest for 10 minutes (covered) before eating.