Rice in 10 exotic recipes stolen from holidays – Italian Cuisine

With prawns, chicken, curry and vegetables and much more. Here is a collection of good ideas to enjoy rice even in the summer, searching for new and enveloping flavors

In Italy rice is mainly cooked in first courses. It becomes risotto in winter, while in hot weather we prefer it in salads. But it is enough to move away from Europe to discover that in many countries of the world it is such an important food to appear in every dish. Steamed or sautéed in woks, wrapped in banana leaves or simply boiled, it is the king of tasty and unexpectedly sought after recipes from which it would be a real shame not to get the right inspiration.
And before cooking it, flavor it with spices and taste it in unusual combinations, that's it the varieties rice ideal for preparing ethnic dishes.


This name actually brings together 14 varieties of rice, whose consumption is increasingly widespread even in Europe. Behind the success of its oblong grains lies a unmistakable scent, able to lead us with the mind to distant goals even with a simple boiling. Poorly starchy and consistent even after cooking, it is perfect to accompany fish and meat dishes, but also to be served with mixed vegetables cooked in a pan or to prepare shrimp based rice salads. The trick to getting the most out of your beans is to wash it well under cold running water before cooking.

Black rice

The origins of this variety are ancient and very precious. Once reserved for the Chinese emperor and his clan, it was defined as forbidden because inaccessible to the people. Rich in flavor and consistent, it goes well with crustaceans and molluscs, but is also very good in cold soups or sautéed with vegetables and spices. THE'high antioxidant power of the substances it contains makes it even more interesting.

Red rice

Full of phosphorus and magnesium, is often confused with the common brown rice. Cultivated on clayey soils and more valuable than other types of rice, it is valuable to counteract the high levels of cholesterol in the blood. To fully enjoy it, try cooking it with black beans and cumin: you will be surprised by the aromatic complexity of the dish and you will benefit from a balanced meal. Alternatively, treat yourself to a fresh salad with red rice, cannellini beans, tuna and Tropea onion.


This Thai rice recalls in the scent of jasmine flowers: for this reason you will often hear him called Jasmine. To fully explore its potential, combine it with chicken or shrimp cooked in coconut milk, but also dare more unusual recipes, eating it with stewed fish flavored with ginger or sautéing it with vegetables, pineapple and turmeric.

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