What are some interesting and cheap ways to spice up white rice?

@Jaluke (679)
United States
May 21, 2010 11:40am CST
Being a college student, I'm obviously on a cheaper budget. Rice is clearly one of the cheaper foods to buy, but I was wondering what some cheap ways to spice it up are so that I'm not eating bland rice or just eating the same type of rice every day? One thing I've already tried was mixing it with chili sauce and adding some garlic, chili powder, and pepper which was a pretty decent results? What are some other good ways to spice up white rice that aren't too costly?
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20 responses
• United States
22 May 10
use garlic, green oinion soy sauce and chicken
@Jaluke (679)
• United States
22 May 10
What kind of chicken do you think would be best for this mixture? Or should I just try any kind?
• Philippines
22 May 10
i'd say chicken thigh fillet, this type of cut tend to be juicier that other portion. try it out :)
@Jaluke (679)
• United States
22 May 10
Alright definitely. Thanks ^_^
@Philtrate (254)
• Ireland
21 May 10
Simple, 1cm cubes of cheese, with frozen mixed veg and tomato ketchup. Try the chhes and rice first on its own, good with brown rice too.
@Jaluke (679)
• United States
21 May 10
About how many cubes would you recommend say per cup of rice? I wouldn't want to accidentally overdo it and end up with cheesy rice gunk.
• Ireland
21 May 10
Sorry I should have said - Cold cooked rice, maybe luke warm, roughly 4 x volume rice as cheese
@Jaluke (679)
• United States
21 May 10
Thanks I'll give it a try!
@tolted (191)
21 May 10
You are add in some mixed veg to your rice and make some sauce to go with it. or you can fry the mixed veg with some spices and add to the rice to make into fried rice.
@Jaluke (679)
• United States
21 May 10
What vegetables go particularly well with rice?
@tolted (191)
21 May 10
I like to add sweetcorn, carrots, green peas and sometimes red onions with my white rice. Taste yummy :)
• India
21 May 10
french beans, carrots, shredded cabbage, bell peppers, peas, diced potato.
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
21 May 10
If I want something quick and easy I add part of a package of dried onion soup mix...it really jazzes it up.
@Jaluke (679)
• United States
21 May 10
Should I add it during the cooking of the rice or wait until the end when the rice is softened to stir in the mix?
@jillhill (37384)
• United States
22 May 10
While you are cooking it.....just at the end.....get your rice done then add it and wait until it's blended it.
• United States
21 May 10
Actually spices are pretty cheap and last quite a long time. So I would say just add a little butter (like a stir fry) and experiment with different seasonings. I would try Italian spices then some more hispanic dish spices like oregano. You could throw in a few onions too that adds some flavor but not much expense!
@Jaluke (679)
• United States
21 May 10
Alright thanks. I'll try to gear towards that. I've already done some experimenting, but there's always more to learn!
• United States
21 May 10
I have found that a little fresh onion and garlic cover a multitude of sins!
@Tangeryne (413)
• India
21 May 10
A simple South Indian rice recipe: its called curd rice. That's yogurt. Heat 2 teaspoons of oil in a large pan. Once the oil is hot, add mustard seeds,cumin seeds, red chillies and green chillies and a small amount of split Bengal gram or lentils. Allow this to cool and then add rice and curd to it. Mix well and there you have an easy and tasty meal. Another recipe : saute onions and a little ginger-garlic paste in a pan. Add eggs and scramble it. Add pepper, salt and chilli flakes to it then add cooked white rice.
@Jaluke (679)
• United States
21 May 10
With the South Indian recipe, what sort of flavor does that end up being?
• India
21 May 10
Its not spicy but it tastes good. Wouldn't say its bland either. Try it out and see if you like it.
• Malaysia
21 May 10
if you have a big enough frying pan or a wok, you should try frying it. there are a variety of recipes for simple fried rice dishes. here where i currently live, i've seen some people cook up some delicious fried rice with only just a few ingredients to use..
@Jaluke (679)
• United States
21 May 10
What are some good fried rice recipes you might recommend? I've seen a few very different ones, but I'm not sure how they would fair.
• Malaysia
22 May 10
you can try the recipe here..: http://chinesefood.about.com/od/ricefried/r/basicfriedrice.htm i tried it out myself, turned out pretty good!
@krisnel (498)
• Philippines
23 May 10
try this one. saute garlic, onion, ginger and chicken meat. add some salt and pepper. then add some water or chicken stock and put some uncooked rice on it. bring it to a boil and mix it occasionally so that rice would not become sticky. make sure that there is still some water or chicken stock on it. if the rice is cook then it is ready to served.
@Jaluke (679)
• United States
23 May 10
Hmmm, I've never had ginger. I'll have to give this a try. Thank you so much for the suggestion! ^_^ I'm interested to see how this is going to turn out. I've gotten a lot of good suggestions.
@drannhh (15210)
• United States
22 May 10
I cook mine in chicken broth instead of water, and I chop up cabbage and other vegetables and cook in the rice to keep it moist and also make it more healthy. However, I do have to add that white rice is not as healthy as whole grained rice, although many people find the flavor of the white rice more palatable. I mix mine half and half and then I also add some broken up noodles, which in the San Francisco Bay Area we call Vermicelli and Rice. I like curry in my rice, personally.
@Jaluke (679)
• United States
22 May 10
Oh thanks for the tip! I've actually had a can of chicken broth sitting in the pantry that I had no clue what to do with and I never thought of cooking rice with it. I'm definitely going to give this a try.
@oldchem1 (8144)
21 May 10
MEXICAN RICE 1 onion, chopped 250ml tomato passatta 1 tablespoon olive 200g rice 2 chicken stock cubes 500mls water ½ teaspoon garlic powder Brown the rice in the olive oil Add the onion and sauté the onions with the rice Stirring frequently, don't let the rice burn Add the passatta to the rice Add the water Add the garlic powder and the stock cubes to the rice Bring to a boil Cover Simmer on low heat for 20 minutes or until liquid is absorbed
• China
22 May 10
What vegetables go partcularly well with rice?
@deebomb (15323)
• United States
23 May 10
Hello Jaluke and welcome to myLot. I know you have been given a number of ideas on what to do with your rice. I would like to suggest that instead of getting white rice you get brown. It is more nutritious. White rice is milled until it destroys 67% of the vitamin B3, 80% of the vitamin B1, 90% of the vitamin B6, half of the manganese, half of the phosphorus, 60% of the iron, and all of the dietary fiber and essential fatty acids. Fully milled and polished white rice is required to be "enriched" with vitamins B1, B3 and iron. I think the milling also distroyes the nice nutty flavor that the brown rice has. When I fix my rice I add turmeric ginger and cumin when it is cooking. I also add some cooked ground up turkey To this you can add any vegetables you like. Peas go well.
• United States
23 May 10
I am not a good cook but I can make rice. I like rice made with butter and added laurys seasoning or adobo seasoning. You could buy some sofrito and make yellow rice it is very easy to do.
@tomitomi (5441)
• Singapore
22 May 10
Fried rice is a good one-dish meal. Add the vegetables or eggs and fry them all with soya sauce. You can fry your rice in tomato sauce or You can boil your rice with coconut milk. These can be eaten as they are and as good a dish with salad leaves.
@djemme (78)
• United States
22 May 10
You can add just about anything to white rice. That's one of the reasons rice is so versatile. If you're using a rice cooker, just add in whatever you like. Sometimes I'll add some cut up, leftover meat; a can of tuna, leftover veggies, basically whatever I have on hand. My kids also like ramen noodles a lot, since I typically make 5 packages at a time, I often keep one or two of the seasoning packs and add them to a pot of rice. You could do the same thing with beef or chicken bouillion. You could also use broth instead of water to cook the rice in. Experiment with different spices like curry to see what you like. Have fun and enjoy.
@nancy0618 (477)
• Philippines
22 May 10
Fry it first mixed it with garlic and onions, soysauce, greenpeas, and some sausage.. hmnnnn try it!
@mspitot (3834)
• Philippines
22 May 10
you can have fried rice. just saute garlic and onions and the rice and spice it with a little salt. you may also add fried bacon or ham to it.
@geniustiger (1699)
• Philippines
22 May 10
You mixed it with onion greens, and violet, garlic, eggs, hotdogs, and palatable ingredients to taste. You can mixed it also with veggies what you like it is cost less and many other things. Depending on what you like to eat. You can make it a simple sauce pas put eggs , a little chicken, put good ingredients to taste and it is yummy to eat. In one setting combined all ingredients fried all the spices, put some little meat whatever it is and put sauce you like hot or not then I'm sure you will enjoy with it.
@schenn (67)
• United States
22 May 10
Cream of mushroom soup - Best hungry college student thing you can get, it makes an incredible gravy for just about any pasta/rice dish Chicken or beef, tiny chunks onion salt/pepper garlic Makes a tasty dish.
@charylady (424)
• Philippines
22 May 10
you can try kimchi rice. just mix kimchi with your white rice or if you are feeling up to it you can fry the rice with a bit of garlic then mix in the kimchi.
@oldchem1 (8144)
21 May 10
SPICY LAMB PILAFF serves 4 150g uncooked rice 350 g potatoes par boiled 450g lean lamb mince 110g cooked frozen peas 1 med onion 2 teaspoon ground cumin 2 teaspoon ground coriander 1/2 -1 teaspoon chilli powder 1/2 pint stock Par boil potatoes and cook rice. While the rice is cooking, fry in frylite the potatoes for 5 mins then add onion and lamb cook - for 5 mins Add spices and stock cook for 10 mins then add peas and cooked rice and cook for further 3 mins till hot. Season to taste.