Rice is a rich source of carbohydrates. For billions of people around the world, rice is a staple food. But while cheap and easy to cook, it can also be a boring if you only have one method of cooking it. Fortunately, there are several types of rice and several ways to cook them. Below we have chosen three easy to prepare but yummy recipes you could do anytime you feel like taking rice.
Simple Brown Rice
Brown rice is a whole grain meal. The name ‘brown rice’ comes from the fact that the grains still contain an outer layer of bran. When cooked properly, brown rice can be delicious and perfect for any meal. Below we shall focus on a college vegan recipe for one or two people.
- ½ cup of brown rice
- ½ liter of water
Preparation in Steps
Measure out the rice with a cup to ensure it is enough for you or for the guests you have. Pour the rice in a bowl, and add water to rinse it. Pour the rice into a cooking pot with about 1.5 liters of water. Put the pot on your cooking stove and heat it till it boils. After that, lower the heating temperatures to a simmer for an extra twenty minutes. Turn of the stove and let it steam for another few minutes before you serve. You don’t have to take rice alone however. Add some stuffed veggies to it and you get a perfect meal. You can also alternative veggies with a thick plant-based soup like chili.
Thai Coconut Rice: Basmati-inspired Rice
This rice dish is flavorful, spicy and easy to cook. You can prepare it with whatever type with rice you have, but below we have a vegan edition of Basmati rice.
- ½ cup of Basmati white rice
- 1 cup of water
- 15 ounces of coconut milk-one can
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 peeled carrots
- 2 tea spoons of toasted sesame
- 2 table spoons of cilantro
- 1 small onion chopped
- Chopped green and red pepper
In a small bowl, rinse the rice for any debris. Add water to your cooking stove and pour the coconut milk, rice, ginger and garlic. Cook on low heat for about half an hour, but make sure to stir so that your rice doesn’t stick. Once cooked, turn the stove off and keep it covered. In another pan, cook your mixture of peppers, onions, carrots and tomatoes in the sesame oil. Keep the temperature low however and remove the pan after ten minutes. Add everything you have now cooked with the rice and serve. If you had cilantro or peanuts, you can also add them on top of the rice before serving. Enjoy!
Scrambled Tofu-Inspired rice
Do you love spicy food? Where else can you add all your favorite spices and still have a delicious meal? Try cooking tofu rice as a college vegan. It is easy, sweet and suitable for almost any meal. When you especially have leftover rice in your fridge, don’t throw it. You can use it in the scrambled tofu instead of cooking more rice.
- 200 grams tofu crumbled
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- ½ table spoon of onion powder, garlic powder and turmeric
- 1 cup of rice
- ½ large onion sliced
- ½ cup of frozen peas
- 1 table spoon rice vinegar
- 2 table spoon coconut amino
- Sesame oil
- 2 cups of water
- ½ table spoon ground black pepper
- 1 table spoon of miso paste
- 1 table spoon of coconut sugar
- Chili flakes
Add the chopped onion into a deep pan to brown. Add water to loosen if onions stick. Add your crumbled tofu and stir. Add the scrambled spices and mix through. It should only take ten minutes for this preparation before you cook the rice.
Preparation for Vegetables and Rice
Add your frozen peas and carrots in a hot pan to cook. Stir them until they are properly done. Next, lower the heat level of your cooking stove and add rice. Most people prefer to boil the rice separately, or simply add leftover rice. Once done, stir properly and then add your scrambled tofu. Make sure to however stir to combine all ingredients properly. After about thirty minutes, the food should be ready for serving.
All in all, cooking rice should be fun. In fact, you should never the same type of rice every time when there are dozens of rice recipes you can choose from. If you have a lot of time, try the more complex tomato rice patties or veggie sushi with smoked tempeh. But while you read for more ideas, take note that you can always change ingredients to suit your tastes. If you don’t like something therefore, you don’t have to include it in your meal.