Friday, June 3, 2011

Rice Haul for a Healthy Diet

We Japanese don't simply cook white rice but we add something in addition. There are many different kinds of rice products in Japan. In this video, I will show you what I love to add in my rice daily with a quick tutorial :)

The first rice product is the cereal rice. We call it zakkokumai (雑穀米). It's a package with many different types of cereals. zakkokumai is high in fiber and very colorful :D

Then another product I love to add in my rice is mannanhikari (マンナンヒカリ). It is a rice shaped konjac food. By cooking the rice with mannanhikari, you can save calories (up to 33%)! This product is also high in fiber!!!

Please watch my How to Cook Steamed White Rice (Gohan) tutorial if you want to know how to cook rice in more detail :)

How to Cook Steamed White Rice (Gohan)

Difficulty: Super Easy
Time: approx. 30min
Number of servings: 4 (2 cups of rice)

Necessary Equipment:
suihanki (Japanese rice cooker)

2 cups Japanese-style rice

1. Measure the Rice:
Measure the rice with a measuring cup and put it into the cooking pot. Most of the time the measuring cup comes with your rice cooker!
2. Rinse the Rice:
With cold water, wash the rice. As for 2 cups, wash 4 or 5 times. Water does not have to be clear but somewhat clean.
3. Add Water:
Add water to the appropriate level indicated in the pot. If you have time, let the rice soak in the water at least 30 minutes.
4. Start the Cooker:
Place the pot into the rice cooker. Cover it, and press the button to start.
5. Steam:
When it's done, do not open and let it steam for about 15 minutes.
6. Toss:
Using a rice paddle, toss the rice lightly.
7. Serve:
You can keep the rice warmed until you unplug the rice cooker so serve when other dishes are ready.

Have a good weekend :D

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