Vegan Rice Recipes
Rice is the most common cereal grain humans consume. It is an important source of nutrition for humans all over the world. Rice comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors, such as long, medium, and short grain, and brown, red, and black rice. Since it’s the most common source of energy that we consume, it is prevalent in most cultures’ cuisines.
Most rice is has had both the hull and bran removed, making white rice, which is easier to cook and has a longer shelf life. However, this process removes the natural antioxidants and plenty of fiber, so it is recommended that you try to eat brown rice, which still has the bran attached.
A lot of you may think that there is rice and that’s that, but there are actually four different categories, with lots of different types within those categories.
- Japonica Rice – This is prevalent in countries of the Far East, since it is grown in temperate or mountainous regions. The grain is rounder and thicker, and the cooked result is stickier and very moist. This is the rice commonly found in sushi.
- Indica Rice – It is grown in mostly tropical areas, and is the most popular variety of rice. The grains, which can be long or short, are more slender than Japonica rice. When cooked, the result is not sticky, unless it is a glutinous strain.
- Aromatic Rice – these include some of my favorite varieties, basmati and jasmine. They have a lovely flavor and aroma when cooked, hence the name. They are medium or long grain, and not usually sticky, but soft and fluffy when cooked.
- Glutinous Rice – also known as sticky or sweet rice, it is very sticky when cooked. This may sound similar to Japonica rice, but it is even stickier. Glutinous rice is used mostly in Asian cuisine, used to make various desserts, snacks, and porridges. It can also be ground up into flour, and in Japan it’s used to make the outer layer of mochi, which is probably the most known glutinous rice dish for Americans.
How to Cook Brown Rice?
Because of the prevalence of white rice in most households, a lot of people do not know how to cook brown rice, or have tried and had it turn into a disaster, so I’m kicking off this group of recipes with an instructional post on how to cook brown jasmine rice.
To continue, I’m going to share my favorite brown rice recipes that will keep dinner exciting with all sorts of options.
This coconut rice recipe is cooked with Jamaican influences, namely with it being cooked in coconut milk and with Caribbean spices.
This delicious Mexican rice is my favorite instant pot rice recipe. It is cooked in tomato sauce to give it the signature red color. This is the perfect set it and forget it jasmine rice recipe for your repertoire.
Our signature rice either uses pigeon peas or kidney beans, and I have a recipe for both. This signature dish goes well with so many different dishes, especially curries.
This is a classic rice common in many households from several African countries, the rice dish of choice at any special event. I like to try different rices from different cultures, so I adapted this recipe to brown rice.
Getting bored of rice? Try this stuffed peppers recipe with rice of course! It’s a fun way to dress up your dinner.
In my house this is such a classic dinner item, because it is so easy, but also delicious and filling. Even kids will love love love this simple fried rice recipe.
This delicious cajun rice recipe is famous in the southern US, and for good reason. It is so full of flavor, and you won’t even notice you’re eating brown rice.
If you like pineapple on pizza, you’re in the right place. This is similar to my tofu fried rice recipe, but with pineapple to take it to the next level.
The classic, the original, the famous rice; for good reason too. Usually found in your local Caribbean takeout, you can now have this at home whenever you like, and with the added benefit of brown rice.
You will always need a good staple vegetable rice recipe, and this definitely fits the bill. It is so colorful and flavorful, it is also perfect for entertaining.
A good vegan casserole recipe is such a lifesaver for those busy weeknights when you just want to throw something into the oven and have a nutritious meal come out.
Gotta have a hearty breakfast of course! Most of you will have never seen or tasted anything like this, so this is perfect if you’re looking to try something new. Also would work as a delicious dessert!