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Types of Rice
Rice is a staple in any kitchen, and with so many different types, it lends itself to an endless number of recipes. Each type of rice has its own taste, texture, and unique properties that work best in different applications. Plus, rice is naturally gluten-free, making it an easy way to offer gluten-free entrees to accommodate alternative diets on your menu. This guide examines factors that differentiate types of rice, from nutty basmati to fragrant jasmine, so you can choose the best rice for your next recipe. Shop All Bulk Rice Use the following links to explore the types of rice out there, so you can make more informed purchases for your menu! Different Types of Rice Long vs Short Grain Rice Is Rice a Grain? Rice FAQs Rice Types Chart
How to Use a Rice Cooker
Cooking rice in a rice cooker is the easiest way to prepare large quantities of rice at once. Many restaurants choose commercial rice cookers because they're no fuss. You simply add the rice, add the water, and wait! While using a rice cooker is simple, there are some additional steps you can take to save time on cleanup and ensure that you get rice that is perfectly cooked. Shop All Commercal Rice Cookers Rice Cooker Video Check out our rice cooker video to learn how to make rice the easy way. What Is a Rice Cooker? A rice cooker is a piece of kitchen equipment that cooks many varieties of rice and grains. They work by boiling water, which is then absorbed into the rice until it becomes tender. Rice cookers are automatic, which frees up your employees to work on other tasks while the rice cooks. You also don't have to worry about a rice cooker boiling over or scorching. Should You Rinse Rice? Yes, if you want to make the fluffiest rice with the best texture, you should rinse the grains first. Rinsing rice removes excess starch, which gives your rice grains a consistent texture and prevents the rice cooker from boiling over. It also helps to remove dirt or pesticides that may left on the grain from the manufacturing process. Rinsing rice is a good practice in general, but check the packaging on your rice first. Some rice is enriched with vitamins and minerals, which will dissolve if the rice is washed. How Much Water for 1 Cup of Rice? The water to rice ratio represents the perfect amount of water needed to cook 1 cup of rice. A one to one ratio, or one cup of water per one cup of rice, is expressed as 1:1. Each type of rice has its own water to rice ratio. Check the manual for your rice cooker to find the recommended rice to water ratio for your machine. Also refer to the rice package instructions for the optimal quantity of water for that particular type of grain. Rice Cooker Ratio These are general guidelines for 1 cup of dry, unrinsed grains: Long grain white rice - 1:1.75 ratio (1 cup rice + 1 3/4 cups water) Medium grain white rice - 1:1.5 ratio (1 cup rice + 1 1/2 cups water) Short grain white rice - 1:1.5 ratio (1 cup rice + 1 1/2 cups water) Long grain brown rice - 1:2.25 ratio (1 cup rice + 2 1/4 cups water) Parboiled rice - 1:2 ratio (1 cup rice + 2 cups water) Basmati or Jasmine rice - 1:1.5 ratio (1 cup rice + 1 1/2 cups water) Quinoa - 1:2 ratio (1 cup quinoa + 2 cups water) Need to stock up on rice? Click below. Shop All Bulk Rice How Long Does a Rice Cooker Take? Typically, cooking a large quantity of rice in a rice cooker takes between 25 and 35 minutes. Different types of rice require different quantities of water and cook times. Fortunately, a rice cooker is able to gauge when the rice is finished cooking and turns off automatically. How to Cook Rice in Rice Cooker Without Sticking? There are a couple steps you can take to prevent rice from sticking to your rice cooker. First, rinse the rice with cool water to remove some of the starch before adding it to the pot. Coat the rice cooker pan with a little oil or add it directly to the rice and water mixture. Another alternative is to use a rice cooker napkin. This resuable cloth is designed to sit inside your rice cooker while it's cooking. When the rice is ready, simply lift out the rice cloth and no sticky rice will be left behind. Rice Cooker Directions Follow our step-by-step instructions to use a rice cooker like a pro! 1.Measure the correct amount of rice and place it in a bowl. 2.Optional: Rinse the rice until the water turns clear. 3.Transfer the rice from the bowl to the inner pan of your rice cooker. You can also use a reusable rice napkin to make your cleanup afterwards easier. 4.Add water to the rice cooker pan using the right water to rice ratio. 5.Place the pan inside your rice cooker and close the top. You can also add any spices, oil, or butter at this step. 6.Plug in your rice cooker and turn the cooker on. Most cookers have a light on the front that indicates when the unit is on. 7.When your rice has finished cooking, the cooker will notify you by turning off the light, flipping the switch up, or making a sound. After your rice has finished cooking, let it rest for at least 15 minutes in the "keep warm" mode before serving. This will let any excess moisture evaporate and allow your rice to fully absorb the water. 8.Use plastic serving utensils or rice paddles to serve your rice. Using a rice cooker is quick and convenient, especially when making large quantities of rice, which makes them ideal appliances for food service establishments. Additionally, learning about rinsing your rice and the proper ratio of rice to water can help ensure that you're serving the fluffiest and best rice possible to your guests.
Types of Spices From Around the World
As global dishes continue to dominate restaurant food trends and you explore new international recipes for your menu, you may run across some rare spices and spice blends you’ve never heard of before. These spices are the key to achieving the signature flavors in popular types of global cuisine. We’ll take you on a tour of unique spices from around the world, describe their flavors, and explain how they are used. Shop All Wholesale Spices Click any of the spice names below to learn more: Asafoetida Amchur Chaat Masala Fenugreek Garam Masala Green Cardamom Kala Namak Nigella Seed Aleppo Pepper Baharat Berbere Dukkah Harissa Ras el Hanout Urfa Biber Za’atar Chinese 5 Spice Galangal Golden needles Makrut Lime Powder Sichuan Pepper Star Anise Togarashi Types of Indian Spices You probably know that Indian cooking relies on spices like cumin, turmeric, and curry powder, but what about the spices you don’t recognize? This list of spices includes the secret ingredients you need to create authentic Indian dishes. 1. Asafoetida Asafoetida is a secret ingredient of Indian cooking that highlights the other spices in a dish, similarly to how salt brings other flavors forward. It has a strong, pungent smell and mimics the flavor of onions and garlic. You only need a pinch or two of the potent yellow powder to achieve the desired effect, and it’s wise to seal the container right away or the overpowering aroma will fill your kitchen. Asafoetida is made from dried resin tapped from the roots of an herb in the celery family. Asafoetida Form: Powder Asafoetida Flavor: Sulphuric, pungent, similar to garlic and onions Asafoetida Uses: Adds savory, umami flavor to vegetable dishes Asafoetida Cuisine: Indian Asafoetida Pronunciation: As-uh-fuh-tee-duh Other Names for Asafoetida: Hing, heeng, asafetida 2. Amchur Amchur is the powdered form of unripe, dried green mangoes. It’s used in Indian cooking to add tangy, citrusy flavor to dishes without any of the moisture that would come from adding ripe fruit. Because it contains fruit enzymes, amchoor can be used in marinades to tenderize meat and poultry. You’ll also find it used in chutneys and pickles to add fresh, sharp flavor. Amchur Form: Powder Amchur Flavor: Sour, tangy, citrusy Amchur Uses: Adds acidic, citrus flavor to soups, stews, fruits, and vegetables Amchur Cuisine: Indian Amchur Pronunciation: Am-kur Other Names for Amchur: Amchoor, aamchur 3. Chaat Masala Chaat masala is an Indian spice blend made from amchoor, cumin, coriander, ginger, black salt, asafoetida, and chili powder. In India, the word chaat refers to a savory, crunchy snack seasoned with chaat masala. This popular blend tastes best when made with freshly ground spices, and the ingredients can vary slightly between blends. The key components that give chaat masala its signature eggy, zingy flavor are black salt, asafoetida, and amchoor. Chaat Masala Form: Spice blend Chaat Masala Flavor: Sulphuric, sour, spicy, zingy Chaat Masala Uses: Sprinkled on street snacks, sandwiches, and fruit to add umami flavor Chaat Masala Cuisine: Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani Chaat Masala Pronunciation: Chot mah-sahl-uh Other Names for Chaat Masala: Chat masala 4. Fenugreek Fenugreek is another secret ingredient of Indian cooking that complements the flavors of other spices. It is both sweet and bitter, which gives it the ability to balance out sour, spicy notes in curries and sauces. Small, hard fenugreek seeds can be toasted to remove bitterness before being ground. The leaves of fenugreek are also edible and can be used in place of other types of leafy greens like mustard greens. Fenugreek Form: Leaves and seed, whole or ground Fenugreek Flavor: Sweet, nutty, notes of maple or burnt sugar Fenugreek Uses: Curry powder, spice blends, tea Fenugreek Cuisine: Indian, North African, Middle Eastern Fenugreek Pronunciation: Feh-nyuh-greek Other Names for Fenugreek: Methi, shambalileh 5. Garam Masala Garam masala translates to “warm spice blend” and usually consists of coriander, cumin, cardamom, cloves, black pepper, cinnamon, and nutmeg. In India, the recipe for garam masala varies by region and by chef. Families are known to create their own garam masala blends with up to 30 different spices and pass the recipe down through the generations. To make this popular spice blend, the whole spices are toasted to bring out their flavors, then ground into a powder form. Garam Masala Form: Spice blend, paste Garam Masala Flavor: Sweet, warming, fragrant Garam Masala Uses: A finishing spice that adds deep warmth to a variety of dishes Garam Masala Pronunciation: Guh-rahm mah-sahl-uh Garam Masala Cuisine: Indian, Pakistani 6. Green Cardamom Nicknamed the “queen of spices,” green cardamom comes in the form of papery green pods filled with dark brown or black seeds. All parts of the cardamom pod can be used to add a unique floral, pungent flavor to sweet and savory dishes. The whole pods are added to dishes to infuse them with flavor and later removed before serving. Seeds can be removed and ground into the powder form you'll find in the spice aisle at the grocery store. Green Cardamom Form: Whole pods, whole seeds, or ground seeds Green Cardamom Flavor: Pungent, sweet, hints of lemon and mint Green Cardamom Uses: Added to Turkish coffee, basmati rice, chai tea, curries, desserts Green Cardamom Cuisine: Indian, Middle Eastern, and Swedish Green Cardamom Pronunciation: Kaar-duh-muhm Other Names for Green Cardamom: True cardamom 7. Kala Namak Kala namak is a type of salt with a sulphuric taste and aroma. It’s used in the Indian spice mixture chaat masala to give the blend its distinctive savory flavor. Also called black salt, kala namak starts out as Himlayan pink salt and goes through a process in which the salt crystals are fired in a kiln with charcoal and herbs. A chemical change occurs that enhances the natural sulfites in the salt, resulting in a flavor similar to cooked eggs. Kala Namak Form: Salt crystals Kala Namak Flavor: Salty, sulfuric, egg-like Kala Namak Uses: Spice blends, chutneys, raitas, table salt, tofu scrambles Kala Namak Cuisine: Indian Kala Namak Pronunciation: Ka-luh Nuh-muhk Other Names for Kala Namak: Himalayan black salt, kala loon 8. Nigella Seed Small, black nigella seeds come from the seed pods of a flowering plant and have a peppery, oregano-like flavor. They’re commonly sprinkled on top of foods to add texture and crunch. One of the most common uses of nigella seeds is to sprinkle them into the dough of flatbreads like naan bread. Nigella Seed Form: Seeds, whole or ground Nigella Seed Flavor: Herbal, hints of oregano and toasted onion Nigella Seed Uses: Naan bread, curries, lentil dishes, root vegetable dishes Nigella Seed Cuisine: Indian, Moroccan, Middle Eastern Nigella Seed Pronunciation: Nai-jeh-luh Other Names for Nigella Seed: Kalongi, charnushka, black cumin Types of African and Middle Eastern Spices The bold flavors found in Ethiopian, Moroccan, and Turkish cuisine can be replicated with this group of palatable spices, blends, and condiments. Try adding these seasonings to couscous, lamb tagine, and stews for the most authentic global dishes. 1. Aleppo Pepper Uniquely fruity and salty, Aleppo pepper originates from the city of Aleppo in Syria. War and conflict disrupted the trade of this chili pepper, and Syrian refugees brought the spice to Turkey, where most of the world’s Aleppo pepper is now produced. The ruby-red flakes of the Aleppo chili produce mild heat and have a tangy, raisin-like flavor. Aleppo Pepper Form: Flakes Aleppo Pepper Flavor: Mildly spicy, fruity, salty, hints of sun-dried tomatoes Aleppo Pepper Uses: Added to dips, meze platters, grilled meats, kebabs, also used as table pepper Aleppo Pepper Cuisine: Middle Eastern, Mediterranean Aleppo Pepper Pronunciation: Uh-leh-po Other Names for Aleppo Pepper: Turkish red pepper flakes, Halaby pepper, pul biber 2. Baharat Baharat is a spice blend common to Middle Eastern cooking. The types of spices included can vary from region to region, but baharat usually contains a mixture of black pepper, cardamom, cumin, coriander, paprika, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. In Turkish cuisine, baharat will also contain mint. Just like garam masala in India, baharat is considered a staple seasoning of Middle Eastern cuisine. Baharat Form: Spice blend Baharat Flavor: Sweet, smoky, aromatic Baharat Use: Seasoning for meats, seafood, dry rub, marinades, soups Baharat Cuisine: Middle Eastern, Turkish, Greek Baharat Pronunciation: Bah-huh-raht Other Names for Baharat: Lebanese 7-spice 3. Berbere Berbere is the key to recreating authentic Ethiopian flavors in your dishes. This sweet, smoky spice blend can contain over a dozen different spices that vary depending on the region. The most common spices included are red chili peppers, fenugreek, garlic, coriander, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Berbere is used in the dish, doro wat, a chicken stew and the national dish of Ethiopia. Berbere Form: Spice blend or paste Berbere Flavor: Sweet, spicy, smoky, fragrant Berbere Uses: Added to dry rubs, marinades, stews, also used as a condiment in paste form Berbere Cuisine: Ethiopian Berbere Pronunciation: Bair-bair-ay Other Names for Berbere: Ethiopian spice blend 4. Dukkah Dukkah is a coarse blend of roasted nuts and seeds seasoned with pepper, salt, black sesame seeds, cumin, and coriander. Considered more of a condiment than a spice, dukkah can be sprinkled on dishes or used as a coating on meat and fish. One of the most common ways to enjoy dukkah is by dipping pita bread into olive oil, then coating the bread with the crunchy seed blend. Dukkah Form: Nut and spice mixture Dukkah Flavor: Smoky, savory, crunchy Dukkah Uses: Dip for pita bread, coating for meat and fish Dukkah Cuisine: Egyptian Dukkah Pronunciation: Duh-kuh Other Names for Dukkah: Duqqa, du'ah 5. Harissa Harissa is a North African chili paste made from roasted peppers, olive oil, and spices. It’s a staple condiment in Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco and has become more prevalent in the US as global dishes have grown in popularity. The level of heat in harissa varies depending on the recipe. Some variations of the chili paste contain rose petals or rosewater to balance out the spiciness. Harissa Form: Spice blend or paste Harissa Flavor: Spicy, aromatic Harissa Uses: Added to couscous, soups, stews, meats Harissa Pronunciation: Her-ee-suh Harissa Cuisine: Tunisian, Moroccan 6. Ras el Hanout The name of the North African spice blend ras el hanout translates to “head of the shop” and it was historically made with the highest quality spices a shop had on hand. Like many spice blends, the exact ingredients of ras el hanout vary but may include cardamom, clove, cinnamon, coriander, and cumin. Ras el hanout is similar in composition to the Middle Eastern spice, baharat. Ras el Hanout Form: Spice blend Ras el Hanout Flavor: Sweet, warm, pungent Ras el Hanout Use: Added to tagines, spice rubs, marinades, soups Ras el Hanout Pronunciation: Rahs-el-hah-noot Ras el Hanout Cuisine: Tunisian, Morrocan Other Names for Ras el Hanout: Mrouzia spice 7. Urfa Biber Urfa biber is a chili pepper grown in Turkey that turns a deep burgundy color as it ripens. The pepper is crushed, sun-dried, and then wrapped up tightly to retain the pepper’s natural oils. Similar to the Aleppo pepper from Syria, urfa biber is more widely available and has an earthy flavor with notes of chocolate. Urfa Biber Form: Flakes Urfa Biber Flavor: Mildly spicy, smoky, earthy, hints of chocolate and wine Urfa Biber Use: Added to poached eggs, lamb, eggplant, kebabs Urfa Biber Cuisine: Turkish, Kurdish Urfa Biber Pronunciation: Urr-fuh Bee-behr Other Names for Urfa Biber: Urfa pepper, isot pepper 8. Za'atar Za’atar is a Middle Eastern spice blend containing oregano, thyme, sumac, toasted sesame seeds, and salt. The exact ingredients vary by region, and it’s common for families to develop their own closely guarded recipes for za’atar. This green blend of herbs is often eaten with pita bread or labneh - a thick, tangy yogurt. Za'atar Form: Spice blend Za'atar Flavor: Herbal, savory, robust, lemony Za'atar Uses: Added to hummus, pita bread, dry rubs, vegetables Za'atar Cuisine: Middle Eastern, Mediterranean Za'atar Pronunciation: Zah-tahr Types of Asian Spices Many dishes from the Asian continent are full of intense flavors that are hard to reproduce without using native spices. Authentic Vietnamese pho, Thai coconut-based soups, and Chinese stir-fries rely on the spices below to create an appetizing balance of taste and aroma. 1. Chinese 5 Spice Chinese 5 spice powder is a blend of spices intended to incorporate the five tastes of sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and savory. Used as a staple ingredient in Chinese and Taiwanese dishes, most versions of 5-spice will contain cloves, fennel, star anise, cinnamon, and Sichuan peppercorns. There are many variations on the blend that may include more than or less than five ingredients. Chinese 5 Spice Form: Spice blend Chinese 5 Spice Flavor: Sweet, peppery, pungent Chinese 5 Spice Uses: Added to dry rubs, roasted meats, marinades, soups Chinese 5 Spice Cuisine: Chinese, Taiwanese, Vietnamese Other Names for Chinese 5 Spice: 5-spice powder 2. Galangal Galangal is the secret ingredient you need to achieve a fresh, sharp, citrusy flavor in Thai soups and curry paste. Sometimes confused with ginger root, galangal has paler skin and tougher flesh. Fresh galangal provides the most intense flavor but powdered galangal can be used as a last resort. Substituting ginger for galangal can be done, but it won’t produce the same nuance of flavor. Galangal Form: Fresh, ground Galangal Flavor: Piney, citrusy, tart Galangal Uses: Added to Thai curry paste, seafood soups, peanut sauce Galangal Cuisine: Vietnamese, Thai, Indonesian Galangal Pronunciation: Gah-lehn-gahl Other Names for Galangal: Thai ginger, Siamese ginger 3. Golden Needles Golden needles are the dried buds of an unopened, edible lily plant. They resemble small pieces of golden straw and have a sweet, fragrant aroma. These needle-like buds are used in popular Chinese dishes like moo shu pork and are often combined with wood-ear mushrooms. Golden Needles Form: Dried flowers Golden Needles Flavor: Floral, musky, sweet Golden Needles Uses: Added to stir fries, hot and sour soup, noodle dishes Golden Needles Cuisine: Chinese Other Names for Golden Needles: Tiger lilies, dried lily buds 4. Makrut Lime PowderThe makrut lime is a small, wrinkled lime with bumpy skin that grows in Southeast Asia. Much more potent and bitter than a regular lime, makrut limes are prized for their leaves and rind rather than their juice. The glossy, dark green leaves are responsible for the bright, citrus flavor in many Thai dishes. Best used fresh, makrut lime leaves can also be dried and ground. Makrut Lime Powder Form: Fresh or dried leaves, powder Makrut Lime Powder Flavor: Strongly aromatic, fresh, citrusy Makrut Lime Powder Uses: Added to soups, curries, coconut dishes, salads Makrut Lime Powder Cuisine: Thai, Lao, Cambodian, Vietnamese, Indonesian Makrut Lime Powder Pronunciation: Mah-gruut Other Names for Makrut Lime Powder: Thai lime, k-lime 5. Sichuan Pepper Neither a pepper nor a chile, the Sichuan peppercorn comes from the seed husks of the prickly ash tree. The flavor of Sichuan peppercorns is entirely unique in the spice world and creates a numbing, tingling sensation in the mouth. This numbing quality makes the spice a prized ingredient in Chinese cooking. It’s also an important component of Chinese 5 spice powder. Sichuan Pepper Form: Whole peppercorns, ground Sichuan Pepper Flavor: Numbing, lemony, hints of lavender Sichuan Pepper Uses: Added to stir-fries, soups, stews, braised meats, infuse oils Sichuan Pepper Cuisine: Chinese Sichuan Pepper Pronunciation: Suu-chwann Other Names for Sichuan Pepper: Szechuan peppercorn 6. Star Anise Star anise is the highly recognizable star-shaped seed pod that gives Vietnamese pho its distinctive flavor. The whole pod is added to soups and stews to infuse them with flavor and then it's removed before serving. Freshly ground star anise is also used in the spice blend, Chinese 5 spice. The licorice-like flavor of star anise is compared to fennel and anise seed. Star Anise Form: Whole seed pod, ground Star Anise Flavor: Sweet, licorice-like Star Anise Use: Added to soups, sauces, marinades, braised meats Star Anise Cuisine: Chinese, Vietnamese Star Anise Pronunciation: Star ann-iss Other Names for Star Anise: Badian 7. Togarashi Togarashi is a flavorful spice mixture that contains red chili pepper, orange peel, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, seaweed flakes, sichuan peppercorns, and ginger. Popular in Japan, togarashi is used as a table seasoning and sprinkled on ramen, udon noodles, steamed rice, and grilled meats. Togarashi Form: Spice blend Togarashi Flavor: Sweet, mildly spicy, zesty, savory Togarashi Uses: Added to soups, noodle dishes, rice crackers, snacks Togarashi Cuisine: Japanese Togarashi Pronunciation: Toh-gah-rah-shee Other Names for Togarashi: Japanese 7-spice, shichimi Consumers are showing a growing interest in global cuisine and new, interesting flavors, which makes it the perfect time to experiment with exotic spices and dishes from around the world. Update your menu with unique, appealing dishes and use our spice guide to help recreate the signature flavors associated with different types of international cuisine.
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