What is red rice for? How to cook red rice with white rice

I enjoy using different grains to cook rice with. Recently, I’ve tried red rice.

What is red rice for?

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Red rice is one of those foods that we’ve been told to eat more of: whole grains. But why?

Fighting cancer

Scientists found that phytochemicals in red rice help to fight cancer.
People use red rice extract to slow down the growth of tumors.

A more varied diet

There are many varieties of red rice. For example, a study published in the Journal of Food Science focused on 22 from just a single region in China.

But pick any one available and you could still be doing your health some good. With its unique phytochemical profile, red rice contributes to a greater variety of nutrients in our diet:

  • Amino acids, the building blocks of protein.
  • Proanthocyanidins, the pigments that give red rice its color and function in our bodies as antioxidants.
  • Fiber, to keep your digestive system healthy.
  • Vitamin E, an antioxidant.

Red rice is also anti inflammatory.

How to cook red rice with white rice

If you are familiar with cooking white rice, you only need to make a few simple adjustments to enhance your diet with red rice.

Step 1: Decide how much of your usual white rice you wish to replace with red rice

I substitute one quarter of my usual white rice amount with red rice. For me, this is my ideal proportion for added bite to my rice without it being too hard.

You may have different preferences! Try out different proportions to find your favorite.

Step 2: Use around 1 to 1.5 parts water to each part of red rice

White rice usually requires one part water to one part rice. While my packet of red rice stated to use 2 parts water, I found using one part water to be just fine. Again, some trial and error here.

Step 3: Cook as mixed rice

With a rice cooker, select the mixed rice option. This option allows for a longer cooking time, as grains like red rice take longer to cook.

The process for cooking red rice with white rice is basically the same as cooking white rice by itself:

  1. Rinse the grains together in the rice cooker pot
  2. Fill up water to the mark indicating the required amount
  3. Set the rice cooker to cook!

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