From White To Wild, We’re Hooked On Rice

by Tefal Team on 14 October 2019
  • All the delicious dishes we’ve been enjoying this Curry Week have got us thinking about tasty sides, especially the all-important rice.

    If boil in the bag is where you’re at with rice then discover a new variety with our guide to this champion grain.

  • Cool as rice

    Did you know there are over 40,000 varieties of rice? That’s right – tens of thousands of different types. No need to have a paddy though *mass groan*. We’re not going to list them all here, just a good selection to liven up mealtimes.

    Rice gets classified in loads of different ways but most often it’s by length, i.e. long-, medium- or short-grained. Here are the varieties you need to know about:

  • Basmati

    With its distinctive smell and slightly nutty taste, basmati also boasts the longest grain of any rice. True fact. It’s the perfect partner to curry and the star ingredient of some dishes, like this ultimate lamb biriyani.


    The most widely eaten rice in the world, this long-grain rice is readily available and quick to cook. It can be served with just about anything from a killer chilli to a mean Madagascan bean stew.


    Like white rice but healthier as it still has its layer of nutritional bran. Swap it for white rice whenever you feel like it. If it sounds a bit bland, feast your the eyes on this Teriyake chicken rice bowl.

  • Black

    Black in colour thanks to high levels of antioxidant (the same stuff that makes blueberries blue), it’s also known as forbidden rice. Tempted? Try this tropical fruit topped black rice pud.


    This Thai long-grain rice smells delish and goes slightly sticky when cooked.  It pops up in all sorts of Asian dishes, like this flavour-filled beef and broccoli stir-fry.


    What it’s used for needs no explanation, but did you know it’s short-grain Japanese rice? Anyhoo, here’s a recipe for easy peasy make-it-at-home sushi.

  • Sushi

    What it’s used for needs no explanation, but did you know it’s short-grain Japanese rice? Anyhoo, here’s a recipe for easy peasy make-it-at-home sushi.


    Short-grain Italian rice mostly used in risotto as it sucks up liquid and flavour. Get your stirring arm ready and try this creamy cheddar and spring onion risotto with balsamic tomatoes.


    Bomba rice is the bomb when it comes to paella because, like Arborio, it’s good at soaking up juices. It’s great for soups too, but for us it has to be an all star paella – a doddle in the ActiFry.


    Rice by name, not by nature. It’s actually the seed of a North American grass. But it’s worth knowing about as it’s becoming more popular. Try it in these chestnut, leek and mushroom tartlets to see what the fuss is about.

  • Cooking perfect rice

    With so many types of rice, and even more recipes to use it in, there is no one-method-fits-all way to prep rice. The closest thing to it is a rice cooker, a nifty gadget with different settings to cook the many varieties.

    Or check out this handy how-to complete with video to help hone your rice cooking skills. Either way, there’s no excuse for boiling a bad batch ever again.

    That’s the rice sorted. So which type will you be trying tonight?

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