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5 Amazing Rice Dishes that You Can Make at Home

There’s a good reason why most Asian households have this humble grain as a staple in their diet – it’s cheap, easy to cook (simply rinse, add water, and throw in a rice cooker), and depending on the variety, you can have all kinds of added health benefits.

You’ll also find that there are a lot of amazing dishes you can make with rice. Here are a few to get you started:

1. Nasi Goreng
Traditional nasi goreng is a favorite dish in many households, and if you want to introduce vegetables to your kids for a healthier diet, this is definitely a dish you should try out.

2. Nasi Ulam
Usually eaten in Malay or Indonesian households, nasi ulam is a type of fried rice with an added generous seasoning of different herbs and spices, such as lemongrass, and kaffir lime (you can add more herbs depending on your preference).

Be sure to use room temperature rice when cooking nasi ulam, since warm or hot rice turns the herbs brown and bitter.

3. Biryani Rice with Fried Chicken and Crispy Flakes
You can give a fresh twist to your traditional chicken or mutton biryani by adding rice (use a medium-length grain variety) and crispy flakes, and the result is a dish that’s great for any occasion.

To make this dish more convenient for you, you can prepare it a day in advance, especially if you need to save time for other occasions.

4. Rice Pudding
Think you have a little too much cooked rice in your fridge? If so, then you’re in luck. Break out the stove, since you’re only fifteen minutes away from a delicious dessert.

Making rice pudding is faster when you’re doing it with cooked rice (any variety will do just fine) – just add milk and stir over medium heat until it starts to boil, and turn the heat down before adding your choice of sweetener.
Once that’s done, keep stirring until the rice has reached the consistency of pudding.

5. Bubur Pulut Hitam
While this dish make take more time to make (you need to soak the black glutinous rice overnight), this well-loved dessert will be definitely worth the extra time and should be something to try making if you already love it yourself.

There’s no need to fret if you’re looking for an easy-to-make meal with one food item as a base. With the right ingredients, you can make all kinds of meals with rice, from meals to desserts, so there’s always something you can make for every occasion.

What are you waiting for? Break out the rice cooker and start cooking right now!

(Disclaimer: this list is compiled in no particular order.)