ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Healthy Rice Recipes

Updated on May 1, 2011

Healthy Rice Recipes

On its own, properly prepared rice can make a tasty filler or a snack but in combination with other items can make a truly delicious meal. Healthy rice recipes should be on the menu in every restaurant and home. Most people refer to rice simply as 'rice' and if pushed might say 'Basmati' or 'Long Grain' rice but there are more than 40,000 different varieties! Not all of these are in cultivation but in Asia where rice is the staple diet some hundreds of them are. Not only do these have different tastes and textures but vary in vitamin and mineral concentrations. In fact some rice varieties are looked upon as cures for certain ailments. On top of this each of these varieties of rice can be cooked and prepared in a number of different ways giving great scope for producing healthy rice recipes which will appeal to everyone.



Plain and Simple Rice Cooking

Everyone seems to have their own 'special' way of cooking rice. Then they get their own 'special' results which tend to vary from disappointing to truly awful. Badly cooked rice is the main reason that people avoid it. Cooking rice is simple. This healthy rice cooking tip is best for Basmati Rice. All rice is different. Some need a touch more water or a little longer to boil but for Basmati this will give perfect results.

As a gauge use one small cup of rice per person. For every cup of rice you will require one and a half cups of water.

  • Rinse the rice under a cold water tap for a couple of minutes or until the water runs clear. This helps to remove surplus starch.
  • Place your pan of measured water on the stove, put in a teaspoon of oil and a few pinches of salt.
  • Bring the water to the boil and then add your measured amount of washed rice.
  • Bring the water to the boil once again and stir a couple of times to prevent sticking.
  • Turn the water down till it is simmering and then place the lid on the pan.
  • Do not be tempted to peek. Leave the rice to cook for exactly 8 minutes.
  • Turn off the stove. Remove lid from the pan but leave pan where it is to rest for three minutes. All water will have boiled away or been taken up by the rice.
  • Stir thoroughly.
  • Leave one more minute.
  • Result? Perfectly cooked rice.

Special Fried Rice

Special Fried Rice is an all time favourite and one of the top buys from Chinese Takeaways. You though can make it at home and it will be better than buying it elsewhere.

If you have already have your cooked rice it is a case of choosing the ingredients that you wish to add. Don't overdo it in terms of what you include. The secret of good Special Fried Rice is to have a combination of flavours rather than one all embracing dominant taste. Quantities will depend on how many you are cooking for.

  • Place a few handfuls of frozen mixed veg into a pan of lightly salted water and start boiling.
  • Slice and dice a small onion and fry in wok with a little oil the onion turns a golden brown. Once cooked remove and place to one side.
  • Fry up some sliced mushrooms. When cooked, remove and place to one side.
  • Scramble an egg into the wok. Cook and remove to one side.
  • Place your cooked rice into the wok on a high heat and start to fry, stirring all the time.
  • Add the drained mixed vegetables. Fry for one minute stirring all the time.
  • Add the other ingredients and fry for one more minute.

That's it. It's done. Perfect special fried rice with a mix of flavours and textures. Delicious.

You may want to add some Soy Sauce but why hide the flavour of the special healthy meal you just cooked?


Garlic Rice


Rice and

Rice is the ideal 'extra' to bulk out a meal. Wherever you use potatoes why not try using rice instead. Using the method of cooking as shown above it is going to cook a lot quicker than potaoes anyhow.

Try rice with egg and bacon instead of chips.

Rice with a mixed salad makes a tasty and healthy change.

What about rice and burger or rice and fried chicken. In Asia this is what you would be given instead of fries in fast food franchises (unless you asked for something different).


Rice Paddies


Curry and Rice

Just like 'Horse and Carriage' or 'Tweedledum and Tweedledee' it is Curry and Rice that go together. They make the ideal combination. There are endless different curries you could make. Rice need not be the same each time. Try adding a stock cube or herbs and spices to the rice when you cook it.

Rice Porridge


Rice Flavours

Although the Special Fried Rice recipe told you how to keep the flavours separate there are some who like the flavours to combine.

Using a wok with a little oil place the rice and ingredients in together. Mix in some spinach, chopped sausage and bacon. Put in a few splashes of soy sauce. It will cook quickly. Remove and place into a cup. The cup will act as a mould. Place this in the centre of a plate and top with a fried egg. Not only will it look good but taste good too.

Mango and Sticky Rice


Rice and Combine

Rice is tasty, delicious and adaptable. It is a combination food and goes with anything. It makes as good a sweet dish as it does a savoury one. Rice is healthy too.  

Rice Combined



Submit a Comment

No comments yet.


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)