This article is for you, rice lovers.
If you like to eat it until your bellow blows up like a blimp then keep reading for it explains the different types of rices.
Specifically, this article addresses jasmine rice and instant pot jasmine rice. Jasmine is one of the many varieties of rice, but what is it exactly?
So let’s start with the basics by explaining what exactly is jasmine rice.
What Is Jasmine Rice?
It is an aromatic long grain that releases a sweet and enticing aroma while cooking. Once cooked, it is soft, white, and fluffy. It is also Gluten Free and Non-GMO Project Verified, making it suitable for vegan and vegetarian diets as well as free of MSG and other added preservatives.
It is also very low on calories. Each serving of 1/4 cup Jasmine Rice (45 g) contains only 160 calories
How To Cook Jasmine Rice
The perfect ratio is 1½:1, or 1½ cups of water per each cup of rice. For slightly drier rice, use ¼ cup less water per each cup of rice and to make it moister use ¼ more water per cup of rice.
This can be done on the stove, in a rice cooker, slow cooker or even in the microwave. You can also add spices to it such as using a broth or your favorite seasonings.
Some traditional Thai recipes also use coconut milk for a creamier texture.
The cooking time on the stove is a little less than most rices, 15 minutes as opposed to 20. Just be sure and “don’t peek” while the rice is cooking; otherwise it will not turn out fluffy.
Jasmine Rice Recipe Ideas
The ways you can use jasmine rice are as endless as the grains in a rice paddy.
And considering its sweet flavor and fluffy texture, here are a few recipe ideas to get you started and enjoying this excellent and tasty side dish. Jasmine rice is most common to Southeast Asia (Thailand, Cambodia and extending into India) but it can also be used with other spices and ingredients to be a worldwide dish.
For example, put in some Mexican spices with chicken, beef or pork. Then put on some mariachi music and pretend you are south of the U.S. border.
Make grilled shrimp with it in a big pot, along with saffron, vegetables, chicken and cooked in one pan and you’ve got Spanish Paella (keep reading for another paella suggestion). Flamenco or salsa is good accompanying music to create an evening in Barcelona or Seville.
Put on Zydeco music, make some Louisiana roux – start with mixing milk with flower in a saucepan and then add in Cajun spices – and toss in shrimp, chicken or even crawfish and pretend you’re in New Orleans. Wear a few beads and you’re got a mini-Mardi Gras in your own home.
Curry spices bring the flavor of India into your home and Thai spices can virtually transport you to Thailand.
You can even “go” to China by making fried rice.
Something fun to do is to travel around the world in your kitchen by making all these dishes. That will keep your menu and your family excited about what’s coming next. You can even get really creative and make a passport, which family members or friends can stamp with each dish.
Imagine the dinner parties you could have just with these ways to serve jasmine rice.Variety, after all, is the spice of life, right?
Varieties Of Jasmine Rice
Mahatma also makes premium blends of Jasmine with Quinoa or Red & Wild Rice for even more varieties on a meal. Get creative and try and combination of Long Grain and Jasmine. This is ideal for making the aforementioned fried rice.
If you’re diabetic and need to eat whole grains, try Thai Jasmine Brown Rice, which has the bran layer intact.
The Differences Between Thai Jasmine and Basmati Rice
To finish this article, here is a look at the difference in these two seemingly similar rices.
Basmati rice is longer and tends to cook up larger than jasmine. Thai jasmine has a subtle buttery aroma and cooks up with a soft, slightly sticky texture, perfect for a recipe like Thai sticky rice with mango.
Basmati has a fragrant and floral aroma that cooks up fluffy and a bit more separate. It is outstanding in dishes ranging from sushi to Spanish paella.
So as you have learned from this article, there are many ways to enjoy jasmine rice. While it has its roots – quite literally – in Thailand it is really an international dish that is enjoyed around the globe.
Especially when music is added to your meal.
That makes it the perfect side dish for numerous meats or, served with vegetables, ideal for vegans, too.