ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

A Guide to Asian Rice

Updated on December 26, 2011

A Guide To Asian Rice

Rice is the world's second largest food crop and is a main source of nourishment for over one half of the world's population. It is a cereal grain and one variant of the plant, Oryza sativa.

In preparing an Asian dish, the correct rice is absolutely essential. There are over 120,000 known varieties of rice, however those used in Asian cooking fall into 4 categories:

Basmati rice (see photo below), Jasmine rice, Japanese rice, and Glutinous rice, all which should be rinsed thoroughly before cooking.

Basmati Rice - The world's longest-grained rice is used in Indian and Pakistani cooking. It is grown in the foothills of the Himilayas. Some basmati-type rices are grown in the US. I buy high quality basmati rice in an Indian supermarket. It comes in burlap sacks weighing 10 pounds and up. It is worth it to pay extra for a good quality rice. You can also buy the rice in supermarkets and in healthfood stores but they come in small 1-2 lb. boxes and are much more expensive. Read the label as it may be an American imposter.

Jasmine Rice - A staple in most Thai meals. Jasmine rice is also used in Indonesian cooking, This rice is considered the finest rice. It is from the world's largest rice-exporting country, Thailand, and is often called Thai fragrant rice. The grains are long, slightly sticky, and softer than basmati. Jasmine rice is naturally aromatic.

Glutinous Rice - These grains are soft and sticky when cooked, thus the name glutinous. White glutinous rice is grown all over Asia. There is also Black glutinouse rice; when cooked it retains its husk and has a texture that is nutty.

Japanese Rice - If you purchase this rice just know that Japan does not export rice. What you will find here in the USA is a rice grown in California known as japonica. There are many varieties, all-short grained. It is used in sushi, and all Japanese recipes.


As a rule of thumb just remember that cooked short grains are the most glutinous and sticky, long grains are separate and fluffy and the medium grains are somewhere in-between.

For Chinese and Japanese dishes, a short or medium grain rice is the best choice. For sushi however, it is best to look for a short grain specifically intended for sushi. I've made beautiful sushi rolls only to have then fall apart when I used any medium grain rice.

If you eat rice regularly, as I do, it is worth investing in a good rice cooker: this is the easiest way to prepare rice. You wash the rice, measure the rice and water, put it in the cooker and forget about it. You'll get perfect rice that will stay warm while you eat. So easy, even a teenager can do it!

Once you pick the rice you like, be sure to select the right type of seeds, nuts and fruits also used. See the link below:


Basmati Rice

Long Grain Basmati Rice
Long Grain Basmati Rice | Source


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image


      6 years ago

      I found this quite interesting but for the snobbish comment about Basmati, beware a American imposter. What's with that.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome Dr irum. Nice to meet you too. Thanks for commenting!

    • Dr irum profile image

      Dr irum 

      8 years ago

      Its so informative and valuable .I really enjoyed reading .Thanks

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks so much GreenThumbLady - I just made some rice in my cooker tonight. Soooo good. And soooo nice to meet a new hubber. I'm enjoying your great gardening hubs.

    • GreenThumbLady profile image


      8 years ago from The Beautiful Earth

      Great information. I love Jasmine rice....actually I love all rice! lol I couldn't live without my rice cooker. Fabulous hub!

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      So glad you found the info useful Leop! I know you have that great sushi hub!

      So glad to meet you and as you know - I am a fan!

    • Leop profile image


      8 years ago

      You know this information is very valuable. When I was starting to cook different types of food, I sometime could not find the correct ingredients or even simple rice since there are alot out there. Thanks again for information.

    • BkCreative profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks so much. I love rice - especially basmati. Fortunately, I live in NYC where we have a giant market named Patel's and I can buy quality basmati and other ingredients for preparing spicy (and exciting) Indian meals.

      I know when I lived in Korea everyone had a rice cooker and it is so easy to use. Perfect rice every time. So I invested in one.

      And thanks for your article about traditional storage of rice. Informative and also a visual treat.

    • premsingh profile image


      9 years ago

      This web page contains valuable information about scented rice. This is a good compilation of facts about rice. Thumbs up.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)