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Ricer Cooker concoctions?

Halfmay Mar 8, 2013 10:05 AM

Just got a rice cooker for the first time(it's very small) and I love it! So far I've just put in some basmati rice with butter and salt. I'm interested in seeing what other people put into their rice and the different kinds of rice they cook! Anything interesting or do you like to just add simply spices?

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    roro808 Mar 13, 2013 09:20 PM

    Recently I made rice pulao (pilaf) in the rice cooker. Saute the pulao spices until it becomes aromatic (onion, garlic, coriander, mustard seed, star anise, cinnamon stick). Add and coat basmati (or long grain rice). Then add broth or water, but less than the rice cooking instruction. After that, pour the whole thing into the cooker; add a pinch of saffron (or turmeric, if you don't have it) and wait until the bell rings. It comes out perfectly. If you wish, you can add sultana and/or peas just before the bell rings. Sprinkle chopped coriander or flat parsley before serving.

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      Joebob Mar 10, 2013 04:55 PM

      Your title reminded me of when I was an undergraduate in the early '60's and I was saving every penny so I could visit my soul mate in Sweden. I used a popcorn popper as a rice cooker. Every evening I would cook a half-cup of rice and then carefully scrape in a can of Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup. Mix well and dinner was served! That was my "Rice Cooker" concoction, day after day. The things we do for love!

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        fourunder Mar 9, 2013 11:50 PM

        Lap Cheong....


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          hippiechickinsing Mar 9, 2013 03:55 AM

          I make a Mexican- ish rice by adding salsa and cooked beans when the rice is about half way done.
          Sometimes I'll replace some of the cooking water with coconut milk. I don't really measure, just leave a little room in the cup, maybe about a third of the liquid.
          I'll also throw in some frozen peas or corn in the last few minutes of cooking.
          When I lived in Jakarta, I only had a rice cooker and electric skillet, so I experimented a lot. Pasta works well and with bought stock, you can improvise a chicken noodle soup.

          1. PinchOfSalt Mar 8, 2013 07:38 PM

            In addition to all sorts of rice dishes (with various seasonings, veggies, proteins), I have also used my rice cooker to make polenta. Good results, no stirring.

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            1. re: PinchOfSalt
              sr44 Mar 10, 2013 04:59 PM

              And no volcanic showers of partially cooked corn meal.

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              fancynancypants Mar 8, 2013 07:29 PM

              You can put spices or sauces in when you start cooking your rice so that the flavor is absorbed by the rice. I like to do that with teriyaki sauce or cumin. I'm sure there's a lot more you could do it with, like tomato paste for spanish rice. It's a fun tool, enjoy!

              1. LMAshton Mar 8, 2013 07:12 PM

                When I'm lazy, I put the veggies in with the rice. And add spices and/or chilli paste and/or coconut milk.

                I've also used my rice cooker to hold onto and keep hot my spaetzle - I have a very small kitchen with almost no space and it was the best way to not drive me up the wall. It worked great. :)

                When I've been in a pinch, ie our burners weren't working, I've also cooked pasta in the rice cooker.

                Rice cookers in this part of the world - South East Asia - can be the very simple variety or can get very complicated and be programmable. You can get rice cookers that you can program for slow cooking or doing soups or all sorts of things. I have a very basic model.

                Edited to add: I've also steamed buns and bread in it. My rice cooker came with a steaming basket.

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                1. re: LMAshton
                  boyzoma Mar 9, 2013 03:16 AM

                  My rice cooker can slow cook, steam, program, etc. It has a steamer basket but the holes are too big for some veggies and they fall through. So I just flatten out a coffee filter and lay it on the bottom of the basket and then add my veggies (especially things like peas or corn). The filter works great.

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                    LMAshton Mar 9, 2013 04:26 PM

                    My next rice cooker will be one of those. :)

                2. boyzoma Mar 8, 2013 10:28 AM

                  I use it to steam my veggies while making rice.

                  1. letsindulge Mar 8, 2013 10:22 AM

                    Haven't tried it myself but think you can make porridge (jook, congee, caldo). Just increase liquid (broth) 3, or 4x the rice depending on how loose you want it.

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