Rice is a staple food in many countries and provides billions of people around the world with an inexpensive, nutritious source of energy. The offered natural rice is abundant in nutrients and powerful plant compounds that benefit human health greatly.
In some households, rice is included with more than one meal a day. This starchy high-calorie grain is generally low cost, making it accessible to all and a vital base of many diets. Most grains, including rice, wheat, and oats, are also high in carbs. Carbohydrates can keep you energized and satisfied, and are important for fueling exercise. Rice is a rich source of:
- Vitamins B1 (thiamin) and B6
- Manganese, etc.
- Before cooking, rinse the rice in cool water until it runs clear to remove excess starch. It may then be soaked to reduce cooking time and stickiness. However, keep in mind that excess washing and rinsing may remove some water-soluble B vitamins.
- Rice is boiled in water or steamed. It absorbs water and softens during the cooking process. This will produce fluffy separated grains after cooking.
- For extra flavour, use chicken or vegetable broth instead of water while cooking, or add spices into the cooking water. If using fresh chopped herbs, such as chopped parsley, dill, or chives, gently stir them into cooked rice after it is removed from the heat but still steaming in the pot.
- Rice can be cooked in different forms. As jollof rice, fried rice, coconut rice, cooked white and eaten with sauce (stews, soups, gizdodo, etc.)