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Wonderbag Recipe: Rice

Updated on March 11, 2016
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What Do You Think?

5 stars from 2 ratings of Rice in the WonderBag

An Easy Way to Make Rice in Time for Dinner

I enjoy rice as a part of my meals, though with the current low-carb climate, I've actually reduced the amount I consume. One thing I learned while living in Japan was how to prepare rice. Keep in mind the rice used in Japan is different than long grain rice. Even today, I rinse my rice and then leave it to stand in warm water for about 20 minutes or so. The challenge I have is with making fluffy rice instead of rice that clumps together. Clumps of rice are easier to handle with chop sticks than if it were the fluffier variety. When made in the Wonder Bag, Rice comes out just right. Because I still prefer to rinse my rice until the water runs clear, I use less water than required in the the Wonderbag video below. I used long-grain, brown rice for this recipe, but hope to try several different types of rice including botan and basmati in future.

There's one variation I'd like to try with my rice. That is to cook the rice as the instructions per this lens but add currents, cardamom, clove and a pinch of cinnamon to the pot before placing it in the bag.

For folks using metric cooking measurements visit this conversion chart for help.

Making Rice in the Wonderbag

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 10 min
Yields: 6 servings

The Makings

  • 2 C water
  • 1 C rice
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Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: .25 Cup
Calories 150
Calories from Fat9
% Daily Value *
Fat 1 g2%
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 32 g11%
Sugar 0 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 3 g6%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 0 mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Getting It Done

  1. Put rice and water into your pot
  2. Cover
  3. Bring to a boil
  4. Allow to simmer for five minutes once it begins to boil.
  5. Place it in your Wonderbag, cover the bag and cinch it.
  6. Allow to remain the bag for an hour or so.
Image courtesy of hub author, Tanya Jones.
Image courtesy of hub author, Tanya Jones. | Source

So, Why Rice?

One would think that rice isn't a good topic for a recipe. However, making good rice is important especially when it's the compliment to a meal. Rice can do duty as the seat on which your main course sits. such as stew over rice or steamed vegetables over rice. It's important that the rice be able to stand tall and proud, not slumped over and sagging as it does when it's soggy or mushy.

When I make rice I always have something to do with the leftovers. My fave is to make fried rice. I make a mean fried rice, no matter what else is hanging out in the fridge. Vegetarian stuffed peppers is another great way to go. Ever have rice for breakfast? Sweetened rice with milk is really good. I like to add raisins, nuts and other dried fruit then pour in the hot milk. I like it a bit soupy not sticky and mushy. Use a sweetener of your choice as well.

Meat loaf is tons better with cooked rice mixed in. I like mine with a carmelized bbq sauce on top. Notice I've not suggested sushi. Light, fluffy rice doesn't do anything for sushi. Make your tuna salad a bit dry then add in rice. That's another thing you might do with rice.

So now you know, why rice?

Rice Cooking Chart

Type of Rice
Amount of Water
Amount of Rice
Long Grain White
2 Cups
1 Cup
2 Cups
1 Cup
Botan / Calrose
2 Cups
1.5 Cup
Long Grain Brown
2 Cups
1 Cup
3.5 Cups
1 Cup
4 Cups
1 Cup
Chinese Black
3 1/2 Cups
2 Cups

The WonderBag

Wonderbag Portable Slow Cooker, Blue Batik
Wonderbag Portable Slow Cooker, Blue Batik

My best friend when I get in the kitchen.


© 2014 Tanya Jones

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    • Arachnea profile imageAUTHOR

      Tanya Jones 

      4 years ago from Texas USA

      Hi, teaches12345. Thanks for stopping in and commenting. Yes, making rice in this bag is easy. Also, the plus being that I don't have to plug it in while it cooks. Let me know how yours comes out.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      4 years ago

      I have not heard of this method and am now interested. I was going to get a rice steamer but it looks using this bag may produce moist rice. Thanks for the news and education.

    • Arachnea profile imageAUTHOR

      Tanya Jones 

      4 years ago from Texas USA

      Elsie Hagley, thanks for stopping in and commenting. I love the bag. When I first got it I was wondering what in the world it was and what I was supposed to do with it. Fortunately, it came with a wonderful little booklet with information about the bag, how to use it and recipes. One can never go wrong with recipes.

    • Elsie Hagley profile image

      Elsie Hagley 

      4 years ago from New Zealand

      Interesting. I have never heard of a wonder bag, I will be looking for one now so I can try cooking rice that way. Thanks.

    • Arachnea profile imageAUTHOR

      Tanya Jones 

      4 years ago from Texas USA

      Cesily, glad you liked the recipe. Thanks for stopping in and commenting.

    • Arachnea profile imageAUTHOR

      Tanya Jones 

      4 years ago from Texas USA

      OhMy, thanks for stopping in and commenting. Let me know how you like it.

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      Cecilia Karanja 

      4 years ago from Nairobi

      I love rice. I cook it almost daily. This is a great recipe that I'll try soon.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I have never seen the Wonderbag and we love rice so will have to try one

    • Arachnea profile imageAUTHOR

      Tanya Jones 

      4 years ago from Texas USA

      notsuperstitious1, thanks for stopping in and commenting. I was gifted with a wonderbag right before my surgery. It's such a handy item in the kitchen.

    • Arachnea profile imageAUTHOR

      Tanya Jones 

      4 years ago from Texas USA

      BritFlorida, you're welcome. Thanks for taking the time to visit and comment.

    • Arachnea profile imageAUTHOR

      Tanya Jones 

      4 years ago from Texas USA

      Rhonda-Lytle, thanks for stopping in and commenting. Let me know how your rice comes out. When I followed the instructions for the WonderBag it was perfect.

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      Edith Rose 

      4 years ago from Canada

      Very Informative information, as I have never heard of the Wonderbag until now.

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      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      What a great idea - thank you!

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      Rhonda Lytle 

      4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      I'm going to have to try this. My rice seldom comes out right. It's usually mushy or sticky. Nice article.


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