Having spent a large part of my life living in the Middle East, rice has become a staple of our diet. Both my husband and I now prefer rice to potatoes and our kids quite frankly do not really enjoy eating potatoes at all. There are many ways to cook and prepare rice, but I am a big fan of the Japanese way of using rice cooker (check out these Japanese rice cooker reviews). It is a great way to add flavor to the rice, and it makes the rice really nice and fluffy.
One of our favorite ways to use rice cookers, is by adding different flavors to our rice. When you use a stainless steel rice cooker this is really easy to do. For instance, if you are planning a main course of chicken, you may want to add some lemon to your rice. All you need to do is to rinse the rice well under cold running water. After that, place the rice in a rice cooker, and add about four lemon quarters throughout the rice. It really changes the flavor of the rice, and it will give it a nice fresh taste. Great for chicken dishes and curry based casseroles as well.
You can even add spices to the water. Spices like cumin and garlic can add flavor to your rice, but if you are not careful, they can also easily overpower the rice. The best way I have found to do this is to add the spices to the water, and let them just rise up with the steam. Surprisingly, the rice will pick up the flavors. The result is a nice fluffy rice with some really exotic flavors. I just love it with a lamb dish and it tastes great with seafood as well.
Ultimately, I have to say that my stainless steel rice cooker is my “fast cooker” as well. Throwing some prawns and vegetables on top will make the ultimate all in one quick family meal.