Aroma Rice Cooker: Instructions and Simple Recipes
I love my Aroma rice cooker!
I'm not associated with the Aroma company - I'm just a very satisfied customer... and owner of an Aroma 8-Cup Digital Rice Cooker and Food Steamer. This is one of the most valuable and convenient kitchen appliances I've ever purchased.
Talk about easy and delicious food! This rice cooker makes it with no mess, no fuss. It is easy to use, and easy to clean up.
I use five cups brown rice, add 6+3/4 cups water, and put chopped veggies on top in the steamer. Close it, turn it on, and voila! About two hours later, I have a delicious meal ready! I'm a vegetarian, so this creates my entire meal unless I decide to have a salad on the side. Yield: 10 cups wonderfully steamed brown rice, and delicious steamed veggies.
Of course you can also use white rice, and different amounts. Check page 11 of the Aroma Rice Cooker Instruction Manual - and page 12 for cooking times.
The Aroma 8-Cup Digital Rice Cooker and Food Steamer
Aroma ARC-998 8-Cup Digital Rice Cooker & Food Steamer
How to use an Aroma rice cooker
Here are some of my favorite rice cooker recipes... just simple dinners - often using vegetables from my garden:
California Rice and Vegetables: 4 cups brown rice, 6+3/4 cups water, and 1 cup lentils in the bottom. In the steamer on top: potatoes, peeled and quartered, carrots, peeled, cut in half, and fresh broccoli.
Garden Treasures Steamed Rice: 5 cups brown rice, 6+3/4 cups water in the bottom. In the steamer on top: freshly picked snow peas and potatoes, peeled and quartered. (I've also made this with fresh green beans.)
Mexican Style Steamed Rice: 5 cups white rice, 5+1/2 cups water, and 1/2 onion, chopped in the bottom of the steamer. When rice is cooked add 2 tomatoes, peeled and chopped, and 1 finely chopped fresh chill. Optional: shredded cheddar cheese and/or fresh chopped cilantro sprinkled on top just before serving. To peel the tomatoes: simply heat water almost to a boil, then toss in your tomatoes. After about thirty seconds to a minute, take them out and you'll find the peel easy to remove.
Squash Delight Steamed Rice: 5 cups brown rice, 6+3/4 water in the bottom. In the steamer on top: chopped zucchini and chopped yellow winter squash, peeled and chopped - as much as you can fit.
NOTE: You might notice no salt is used in these recipes. You can add it to your rice cooker if you think you need it, or add it after the rice is steamed. I make mine without salt and that is also the recommendation of the Aroma company.
UPDATE: Seven years later - I'm still using the same rice cooker!
I originally wrote this page in 2010 and now, 7 years later, I'm still using the same rice cooker and still loving it just as much as ever. I've taken good care of it, using the plastic spoon it came with so the interior wouldn't get scratched with metal utensils.
So, I still recommend anything by the Aroma company. This one really is a bit too big for me as I now live alone... but I can make a small amount of rice in it as easily as I can make enough for a crowd. I like to cook my vegetables in the tray over the rice. I love that I can steam vegetables at the same time the rice cooks.