Here are some great rice recipes that I like to use when I'm in the mood for fancy rice dishes

Golden Basmati Rice with Peas [JennasEverythingBlog]

2 cups basmati rice
4 cups water
4 TBS butter
1 TBS turmeric
1 tsp salt
2 cups frozen peas (or more, to taste)
Cilantro to garnish, optional
Put the rice, salt, and turmeric in the rice cooker and stir everything around until combined. Add the water and butter, and cook in the rice cooker until done. Add the frozen peas a few minutes before serving, and toss them in the hot rice. The heat of the rice will cook them to the perfect temperature. If desired, garnish with cilantro.

Chicken Paella [Taste.com.au]
  1. Place saffron in a small bowl. Add boiling water and set aside.
  2. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a paella pan or a large, deep frying pan over medium-high heat. Add chorizo and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel.
  3. Add remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil, onion and garlic to pan. Cook for 2 minutes or until soft. Add chicken. Cook, turning often, for 5 to 6 minutes or until golden. Add wine and 1/2 cup stock. Reduce heat to medium. Simmer, uncovered, turning occasionally, over medium-low heat for 10 minutes or until almost all liquid has evaporated.
  4. Add rice, saffron mixture, tomatoes, paprika and 1 1/2 cups stock. Return to simmer and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally to prevent mixture from catching on bottom of pan, for 15 minutes or until almost all liquid is absorbed.
  5. Add peas, chorizo and remaining 1/2 cup stock. Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 8 minutes or until stock is just absorbed. Season with salt and pepper. Serve paella at the table from the pan.

The rice cooker is simply the best thing invented for rice lovers like us, don't you think? A cup of rice gives you energy and good calories for the day. Start cooking rice in a rice cooker now, you'll find it easy with simple rice cookers like Aroma or fuzzy logic rice cookers like Zojirushi rice cookers. 

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