This curried rice pilaf is a side dish that eats like a meal. Packed with flavor, think of this easy to make recipe as Rice 2.0!
- 2 cups white Japanese rice
- Chicken or vegetable broth – enough to reach the 2 cup white rice line in the rice cooker inner pot
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons curry powder
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 tablespoon cilantro, finely chopped
- Rinse rice until the water runs clear. Add it to the rice cooker inner pot.
- Add enough chicken stock to reach the ‘2 cup white rice’ line in the rice cooker inner pot.
- Add the garlic, onion, carrot, curry powder, and ground coriander, and stir well.
- Close the lid and select the [Plain] function.
- When the rice is cooked, season with salt and pepper and serve topped with cilantro.
THIS CURRIED RICE PILAF IS A SIMPLE UPGRADE TO PLAIN RICE
It’s no secret that we love plain rice. If it’s perfectly cooked, we can polish off a bowl of Japanese rice or brown rice as-is.
But what about those times you’re wanting to introduce a little flavor to your rice without undertaking a laborious kitchen project with a billion steps? Enter: rice pilaf.
Everyone has heard of it, but if you’re thinking… actually, what is rice pilaf? – think of it as plain rice 2.0 – or as an easy flavor upgrade.
Things like chicken broth can be used instead of water as the cooking liquid for a home cooked savory punch. And cooking your rice alongside finely chopped veggies like carrots and onions can introduce a little more flavor and texture without reinventing the wheel.
Well, if rice pilaf is upgraded plain rice, think of this curried rice as upgraded rice pilaf!
We’re using curry powder and ground coriander for a decidedly south-Asian flavor palate. And you can choose whether you prefer to use chicken broth – or keep this curried rice completely vegan by using veggie stock.
One thing to note: most rice pilaf recipes are made with jasmine rice or basmati rice. However, we’re using Japanese rice in this recipe. We think it’s the perfect grain for a closer texture and consistency!
HOW TO MAKE CURRIED RICE PILAF IN A RICE COOKER
Simply add all your ingredients in the exact order listed above (EXCEPT the fresh cilantro) to the inner pot of your Tiger multifunctional rice cooker and stir well.
Close the lid, select the Plain cooking function and press the Start button. That’s it!
This curried rice pilaf makes the best full-flavored side dish ever – and don’t be surprised if your diners demand second helpings!
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