Become a Better Cook! This Just Maika Cooking: Cook’s Notebook section will focus on everything related to cooking rice connected to all my recipe posts, updated frequently.
Multigrain rice is popular in Korea and Japan, and this incredibly nutritious purple rice can have a mixture of about 7 of the following ingredients: brown rice, black rice, sweet brown rice, red rice, bamboo rice, millet, buckwheat groats, quinoa, black beans, red adzuki beans, red kidney beans, hulled barley, purple or black barley, and that list goes on too.
If you can, get some multigrain rice if you haven't heard of or tried it yet. It's so delicious and comforting to eat.
This Asvel Rice Container Bin with Pour Spout is convenient; it holds the rice and has a measuring cup for easy prepping.
Fill one cup of multigrain rice with ¾ cup of sushi rice.
Then, fill with ¼ cup of multigrain mix, making the ratio ¾ sushi rice to ¼ multigrain mix.
Rinse the rice with cold water to remove the starch and any debris.
Strain the dirty water and fill it with clean water.
A trick is to fill the water to your first knuckle line for 1 cup of rice.
Season with ½ teaspoon of kosher salt for 1 cup of rice.
When cooked, the rice will have a purple tint.
Multigrain Rice Starter Kit
Spiced Brown Rice and Quinoa
Spicing up Life! This dish is super simple; just set it and then forget it. And not only is it straight to the point like this blog post, but it’s also super delicious. It is an excellent addition to rice bowls or to switch to a bland side dish.
The rice is aromatic with a combination of flavors you wouldn’t think would taste so well with each other, from the cinnamon to the cumin, if you didn’t have it before. It’s a must-try! Stove Top or Rice Cooker? The power is all in your hands. I have included instructions for both. If you have questions about a different method, ask away, and I can help.
I usually don’t cook too much white rice, but for some recipes, it is preferred. For example, I love to eat Thai and Haitian dishes with jasmine rice, a long-grain rice, because the floral aroma of the rice is more suitable for these dishes.
Additionally, I prefer to eat short-grain sushi rice when making Korean or Japanese-inspired rice bowls. And I would use medium-grained white rice for Chinese-inspired dishes.
Below is a basic recipe for white rice using a rice cooker. I always prep the rice in the rice cooker and let it cook while I make the rest of my meal, and it is ready by the time I’m done cooking. It is my kitchen helper.
Video: Cooking Rice in the Rice Cooker
Recommended Rice Cookers
I use the simple and affordable first one listed, the Aroma 2-Quart Rice Cooker. It’s compact and easy to place on my busy counter, and I strictly use it for rice. However, they also have the Aroma 2.5-Quart Rice Cooker, used for more than rice; both Aroma rice cookers come with a steam basket that you can use to steam vegetables.
One of the top rice cookers in the market right now is the Zojirushi Rice Cooker Brand, according to Good Housekeeping: 6 Best Rice Cookers of 2023. On Amazon, they have a 2.5-quart and a smaller 5.5-cup cooker.
The Instant Pot Brand has the Instant 20-Cup Rice Cooker, now listed as Amazon’s Choice with over 10k sold. However, there are so many to choose from, but always choose something that fits your lifestyle (budget, how often you cook, when you cook, kitchen and counter size, etc.).
Do you have any of these listed products? If so, comment below with your experience!