As winter ends and spring takes its place, then enthusiastic and willing cooks may be looking for spring rice recipes to add to their cookbook, to increase the variety of dishes that are prepared, whether for an individual, a couple or to feed the whole family.
Spring rice recipes are an ideal way of taking seasonal ingredients and adding them to rice to form a great and simple dish. Rice is, of course, one of the most consumed foods in the world, not just in Asia where it has formed a staple part of the diet for billions of people for thousands of years, but also spread across the globe where it has become a firm favourite in local dishes such as risottos and paella.
Rice is a wonderfully versatile food that is equally at home when cooked with fish, meat or vegetables, and such variations exist in a variety of different dishes. Rice comes in different forms, such as long grain rice, brown rice or basmati rice, and many cooks have their favorite types to work with, as well as different types of rice being particularly appropriate for different types of dishes.
Although particular types of rice are usually recommended for many dishes, varieties such as long grain rice act as an excellent general substitute for other types, and brown rice can often be used in order to provide a higher fiber alternative.
Rice works particularly well as a strong base to a food, with the rice providing the main substance and flavor for the meal, upon which other ingredients are added, such as stock, meat, fish, and vegetables to make up the final tasty meal.
Paella, traditionally cooked with seafood, is an ideal complement to rice, served with stock, cockles, clams or mussels, or whichever seafood you prepare. Kedgeree is a dish that was first popularized in India, but variations of the dish, particularly when India was still part of the British Empire, have spread around the world.
A risotto is another popular rice dish, and is a particularly flexible dish that can be cooked with a wide range of different ingredients, either meat or vegetable based.