Rice originated in India
Rice is not only used as food but also for making paper, clothing, fuel, and other products. In fact, more than half of all calories consumed by humans are derived from this grain. But until now, no one knew exactly when or where rice evolved.
Scientists believe that farmers began cultivating wild varieties of rice after they noticed their seeds growing bigger and better. However, there is still much debate over whether people actually ate the grains themselves. Some experts say that while some tribes did eat rice, others preferred eating meat instead. Others argue that the grains could have been ground up with water and eaten as porridge. Whatever happened, the ancient Indians must have enjoyed something special about this crop. For example, archaeologists recently unearthed evidence suggesting that the Indus Valley civilization – which flourished between 3200 BC and 1800 BC – grew rice.
For Indians rice is their staple diet. Everyone here has rice at least once in their diet daily. It is the most versatile ingredient available as it can be cooked in any way you want. You can cook rice in the form of an entree, mains, or even a dessert. You can find more than forty thousand different varieties of rice in the world.
In many cultures, it is also considered that rice is quite an auspicious symbol of fertility and life. Also, rice is one of the major food crops in India, which covers about one-fourth of the croplands here and provides food to nearly half the population of India. In Japan, it is really important that you not waste rice. It is even considered quite rude when you leave rice in your bowl in Japan.
This is one ingredient that proudly claims to be a part of all types of cuisines. So try a different type of rice dish when you cook next time.
Given below are some of the popular rice dishes which you can cook the next time you plan to do something different.
Murg koftey ki biriyani
Anyone who is familiar with Indian cuisine would know what koftas are. In this dish, koftas made of spiced chicken are used and they are cooked together with basmati rice to eventually turn into a fragrant and delicious biriyani. This is most often accompanied with a saffron-scented, garlic raita to bring out the flavors of the biriyani much better. This Awadhi dish is greatly suitable for any kind of regal feast.
This is a unique biriyani that has layers of vegetables in between the slow-cooked rice. The range of masalas used and chicken makes the dish a must-try for most people. This beautiful melange is sure to win over the hearts of everyone at the dinner table.
Garlic and egg fried rice
Do you need a flavourful rice recipe to fill your stomach once in a while? Then you should definitely try this one. This easy-to-make dish is cooked with the goodness of eggs, a sufficient amount of garlic, and some other oriental flavors to add to the taste.
As you can guess from the name, this dish has three different layers each with a different surprise. So dig deeper, the crunchy aloo lachchas, the fleecy paneer pieces and the tanginess of tomatoes will surely make you love the dish. All these together with the use of certain rustic spices will make flavors explode in your taste buds.
This traditional styled Iranian biriyani uses masala rice which is layered with fried onions and marinated fish. As toppings raisins and cashew nuts are used. This biriyani is special because of its aroma of rose water which will make your mouth water and leave you wanting more.
Kashmiri chicken pulao
If you haven’t yet tasted this pulao, then do so today. This aromatic dish is so full of flavors of the Kashmiri spices, chilies, ghee, and sweet raisins, that it is a must-try for all.