flavoring rice

United States
August 13, 2010 1:24pm CST
I just got a rice cooker and was wondering if anyone has tried adding any kinds of seasonings to the rice in the cooker. I use it for stir fry mostly and don't need to. But I was thinking if I could throw some seasoning in there it would already be flavored and could actually be a side dish when it was done!... may be crazy... will it work though?
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@babz02 (250)
• Philippines
13 Aug 10
Rice is best cooked with just water and nothing else. You can play around with what to do with it after. Stir-fry, Sauté, use it for fried rice, anything can make of it, but after you cook it first as a rice. =) Japanese' have something that they mix with rice, it's like a seasoning, that makes it more tastier. =)
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• United States
13 Aug 10
I really like sautee'd rice I can make a pretty good bowl of that! I am just thinking if I could stick some spices in the rice cooker I could have it already done and not have to cook again!!
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@babz02 (250)
• Philippines
14 Aug 10
I don't know, I haven't tried it yet. But if you give it a try, Tell me if it was a success or not, I'd like to try some if it works. =)
• Malaysia
13 Aug 10
Well, there is like tomato rice and it's pretty good, just put in some tomatoes inside and mix it with the rice, and put a few star anise in there.. You can also put in raisins as well to sweeten the rice, and put in some cloves and a few star anise and a stick of cinnamon in it.. If you want your rice to smell really nice, you can also put in a stick of butter on it.. For something savory, try putting chicken stock in your rice.. and once it's cooked, put in a knob of butter and let it the heat melt it, then you can mix it, serve it with Parmesan chicken or baked chicken! Yummy!
• United States
13 Aug 10
Thanks for all the great ideas!! It all sounds pretty good...except the raisins. I don't think that sounds too good... but I may try it once to see if it is good to me or not!!
• Malaysia
13 Aug 10
Don't boil the raisins with it, put it in after it's steamed..
@2004cqui (2823)
• United States
13 Aug 10
You want to flavor your rice, not cook it into it.
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• United States
13 Aug 10
Well, I'm not a real cook, and that's why I am asking!! But that actually makes some sense to me! thanks!
@2004cqui (2823)
• United States
13 Aug 10
Guess what? You are now! Every cook starts with one good recipe and makes it their own.
@tomitomi (5441)
• Singapore
14 Aug 10
When the rice is boiling we sometimes add tomato puree for a wonderful tomato-rice or corn and tumeric powder for corn-rice. Our children love too.
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• United States
15 Aug 10
Those sound interesting as well! I guess I have plenty of experimenting to do now!!
@epicure35 (2822)
• United States
14 Aug 10
One of the easiest ways to infuse flavor into rice is by cooking it in chicken stock. Some seasonings compatible with rice include curry, cumin, saffron and oregano.
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• United States
15 Aug 10
That sounds pretty good too!!
• Malaysia
14 Aug 10
try this...cook a rice with some coconut milk,ginger n salt...
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• United States
15 Aug 10
That sounds like a good breakfast. Similar to the rice pudding I have had in the past.
@katsmeow1213 (29043)
• United States
13 Aug 10
I used to.. haven't in awhile. I found this recipe called garlic butter rice.. it calls for some margerine, garlic, parsley, chicken bullion cubes, and a couple other things. My family really likes it, and its pretty easy. I mix it all together and put it in the rice cooker.
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• United States
15 Aug 10
That sounds pretty simple! I may try this or some version of it!! thanx
@Catana (736)
• United States
13 Aug 10
Any kind of dry seasonings that you like would work. Packets or bottles of mixed seasonings that are available from any supermarket. There are all kinds of mixes. Right now, I have packets of Spanish seasoning, a bottle of garlic/pepper mix, and Italian herb mix. You get the idea. You could also saute onions, if you like that flavor, and add them to the cooker.
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• United States
13 Aug 10
Hmm.. I may just need to do some experimenting in the kitchen!! i'm getting a few ideas here and I'm getting a little bit of confidence to try a few things!thanks
@oldchem1 (8144)
13 Aug 10
You could flavour the rice with stock cubes, spices, garlic powder etc I don't about the US but Knorr make stock cubes here thta ar pillau rice flavoured - they would be ideal
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• United States
13 Aug 10
I haven't seen that anywhere, but I'll start looking for it. I will keep an eye open and watch out for it.
@ladym33 (11007)
• United States
13 Aug 10
I usually add my seasoning after the rice is already cooked by the rice cooker. I don't want to throw of the balance of the cooking. When I first got mine I just took some butter and melted it in the hot rice with a little garlic powder and some Italian seasoning and everyone in my house loved it, so now that is a common side dish around here.
• United States
13 Aug 10
Hmm... that sounds pretty good! I'll have to try it. thanx!
• Philippines
18 Aug 10
If you are experimenting with rice, try using chicken stock in place of water. As soon as it boils throw in some shrimp and clams and a little bit of salt. Wait till it cooks. Prepare a slice of lemon ( for the clams) a glass of soda and lastly wash your hands and start eating. Chow!