Rice – it’s so easy. Easy to store, easy to keep many varieties in your pantry for convenient weekday cooking and best of all it’s super easy to cook.
A cup of rice and a couple of ingredients and you quickly have yourself a tasty side dish with only minutes of preperation.
One of my favorite rices to cook with is Jasmine rice – a long grain variety grown largely in Thailand. When cooked it has a subtle sweet aroma and is loose and fluffy – giving you a nicely textured side dish.
You can eat Jasmine rice with just about anything. If you serve a main with a sauce, a curry or stir-fry then it’s usually good to balance it out with a more simple rice for contrast. If you are serving a salad and a more simple main, you can enhance your side rice and pack some more flavors into it to create a more balanced meal.
Check out some of the recipe suggestions below for some basic Jasmine rice recipes I use regularly.
Fresh, simple and super quick to make. This is a great dish to serve up with fish… often a good pallete cleanser for anything with a really good sauce… mix it together and you have a stir-fry dish.
Lime, coriander and a bit of jasmine rice is all you need to make this awesome side dish.
This takes a simple classic and gives it a bit of punch. You can use any chilli really, depending on how much flavor you want to add. My go to chilli in the fridge is Sambal, but you can easily replace with Siracha or fresh chillis.
A couple of more steps to produce a simple pilaf but well worth the gain in flavor for this tasty side dish. Goes well with meats and chicken, lots more flavor than the simple rices above, a winner for the weekday side dish.