Coconut rice has well-earned a place in many cuisines around the world thanks to its flexibility. We could even go as far as to say this is the only reason it has become so popular all over the globe, but there is one characteristic that might take versatility’s throne. And considering the use of a rice cooker is at stake, you can easily guess it, can’t you?
That’s rice; coconut rice is no longer only a meal that pairs well with almost any other dish, it’s also maybe one the simplest recipes to try out if you get a kick out of experimenting with new and exotic cuisines.
Keep reading and find out how to make some coconut rice in rice cooker and the reasons why this appliance can turn into your best friend!
Recipes done with a rice cooker
Rice is probably the most versatile ingredient there is. It is both flexible and filling; almost every other ingredient and foods are a good match for this noble element. And this ingredient deserved nothing less than the magic of a rice cooker to make it even more beneficial for your everyday life.
That’s not an overstatement, a rice cooker is a perfect machine to come up with perfect grains, regardless of the type of rice. If you’re used to eating rice, you know that texture is the one thing we cannot forget about.
An overcooked rice makes a full dish go to waste, let alone a rice that wasn’t cooked enough. For coconut rice it comes particularly in handy due to the type of rice used in this preparation.
This aromatic type of rice works perfectly for pudding-like meals or desserts. With a buttery fragrance that perfumes every kitchen, it’s a great option of coconut rice because of how fluffy it is.
The thing about this specific rice type is that the cooking method is a bit different, as well as the water to rice ratio. While normal white rice uses two cups of water for every cup of rice, Jasmine rice uses one cup and a quarter.
Some even suggest using a 1:1 proportion. Besides, it takes less time to cook than other grains, no more than twelve minutes. Because of how tricky Jasmine rice may seem for the inexperienced hands, the rice cooker presents itself as the perfect solution.
However, you’re strongly recommended to follow your own device’s instructions as they are all different and may have rules that escape the generalizations.
- 2 cups of Jasmine rice.
- 2 cups of full fat coconut milk.
- 1 cup of water.
- 1 tbsp of salt.
- 1 chopped green onion.
- Cilantro to taste.
- 2 tbsp of lime zest.
- Jasmine rice doesn’t generally need to be washed or rinsed, but you’ll start by doing that for this recipe. Wash it under cold water two or three times to get rid of most of the starch.
- As this recipe is rice-cooker suitable, the machine will do all the hard work. After washing the rice, place it in the rice cooker together with two cups of full fat coconut milk and one cup of water.
- Set the rice cooker according to its specific instructions. You shouldn’t cook the rice for more than fifteen minutes.
- Once done, take it out, set it in a big bowl and garnish it with some previously washed and chopped green onions.
- Top it all by sprinkling some cilantro and the lime zest.
Coconut rice is a staple dish in Asian cuisine, but as mentioned before, it has found a home in every single cuisine around the world. This brought about many variations and different versions of this meal. Even if the small changes go a long way and provide a different experience.
- Jamaican Coconut Rice: Try adding some beans or peas to the mix to get a genuine Jamaican dish. Include this in the rice cooker together with the rest of the ingredients.
- Indian Coconut Rice: it’s not Indian if it’s not full of spices! Try adding paprika, cumin, turmeric powder and any other seasoning you like. In this case, Basmati rice would be a better fit.
- Caribbean Coconut Rice: a Caribbean recipe asks for three main things: ginger, butter and garlic! Add these with some white pepper to the mix and enjoy!
- Colombian Coconut Rice: Latin America always finds a new and better way to make dishes, if that’s even possible! Add ripe plantains to the mix to get a full Colombian dish. Besides, you try adding some dried fruits to the lime zest you top the dish with.
- Nigerian Coconut Rice: in this case, we need to spice things up a notch. Add some scotch bonnet peppers to the mix. If you’re not used to spicy food, add some and then go up!