Spicy Rice Recipe
Rice is one of the most popular dishes in the world. This is not surprising as it offers many benefits and there are many different ways you can enjoy it. Rice is also very easy to prepare – if cooked properly it can be both delicious and healthy with no additives or preservatives needed.
Spicy Rice is extremely popular amongts various cultures, with twists of flare and flavor!
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 green pepper, diced
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
- One 28-ounce can of tomatoes, crushed
- 1 cup rice
- (Optional) Add you choice of meats and vegtables
- Boil 1 cup of rice (1:2 water ratio)
- In a sauce pan combine 1 tbs oil, 1 onion and 1 green pepper. Sauté over medium heat until vegetables are tender. Sprinkle in cayenne pepper.
- Once vegtables are tender, add 1 1/2 cup heated chicken stock and 28 oz crushed tomatoes.
- Once boiling, add rice and stir. Cover and reduce to a simmer.
- Continue simmering over low heat, mixing in your choice of perferred meats and vegtable (peas, carrots, chicken, pork etc).
- Sauté rice for 10 minutes.
- Top with cayenne pepper and allow rice to cool down
15 Reasons To Try Rice
Rice is a favorite amongst people all over the globe. The world’s largest rice producers are China, India and Indonesia. In fact, there are more than 40 types of rice grown in these three countries combined.
The U.S., Brazil and Japan also produce large quantities of rice while Africa produces rice at a lesser scale compared to other continents. Rice, however, is the staple food for half of the world’s population comprising of Asians and Africans who consume it on a regular basis because it provides them with energy and nutrition to get through their day.
1) Americans consume an average of 25 pounds per person annually but can go up to 50 pounds or more per person according to their income level.
2) Americans actually lead the world in rice consumption while Japan trails closely behind.
3) Rice is mainly grown in California, Arkansas and Louisiana.
4) China is the world’s largest consumer of rice at 83 million tonnes; India follows closely with 70 million tonnes. The other top rice consumers include Indonesia (18 million), Bangladesh (14 million), Vietnam (14 million), Japan (13 million) and Thailand (10 million).
5) There are more than 40 types of rice that grow all over the world including long grain, short grain, brown, white and wild rice which mostly differ in texture and taste. One can choose from a variety of enriched rices such as parboiled, converted, instant and quick cooking.
6) All rice is not gluten free; some types contain high amount of starch which some people are allergic to. It contains Vitamins B1, B2, niacin and iron so it provides you with energy to get through the day.
7) Although rice does not provide many nutrients like other grains such as oats or wheat but still contributes half of your daily adult requirement of manganese which helps metabolize carbohydrates, fat and protein in addition to contributing half of your daily recommended allowance of selenium which helps produce antioxidants that increases immunity against disease.
8) White rice may be fortified with vitamins including Vitamin A (beta-carotene), niacin (Vitamin B3), iron (ferrous) and Vitamin D.
9) Brown rice is healthier than white rice as it retains its bran which contains the germ of the rice; hence, it provides more fiber to your diet. But, processing it can reduce some nutrients due to high temperature used. So make sure you use only short grain brown rice which has higher amount of amylopectin starch that increases blood sugar levels slowly compared to long grain or basmati rice.
10) Rice is extremely versatile in cooking since you just have to cook water with it but on the other hand you can complement any meal with a quick vegetable stir-fry dish or spicy Thai fried rice topped with fish sauce or soy sauce or Indian kheer or pulao.
11) Add rice to soups and risotto for that extra added texture but do not overcook it as it can lead to gumminess in the final product so always remember to keep stirring as you cook.
12) Although rice has always been glorified as a waistline-friendly food, but now we know it is low on nutrients which means you need to eat more of it than usual to feel full.
13) If you’re planning to include mineral water in your diet then add some cooked white rice (approximately one-fourth cup). It’s because rice powder absorbs minerals from water and acts like a magnet that draws toxins within the body and neutralizes them before they reach the blood stream and bladder.
14) One cup of rice contains approximately 230 calories and is a major source of manganese, molybdenum and selenium (an essential antioxidant).
15) Rice provides you with energy to get through the day without making you feel full or bloated like bread or pasta would. So don’t be surprised if your grocery basket overflows with rice bags more than any other grains/seeds; it is simply because rice tastes good in almost every form whether boiled, steamed, fried, baked, puffed or popped!
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