If you love Southeast Asian cuisine, then you are probably a fan of Jasmine rice. Come with us and learn more about this delicious type of rice, from the origins of its name to the differences with other types of rice.
What Is Jasmine Rice?
Jasmine rice is a type of fragrant long-grain rice that grows mostly in Southeast Asian countries like Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Jasmine rice is also known as “Thai rice” or “fragrant rice.”
It may be tempting to assume that jasmine rice is called like that because of its fragrance. The truth is that the name refers to the color of this type of rice, which resembles that of jasmine flowers.
What Are Some Recipe Ideas for Jasmine Rice?
Once cooked, jasmine rice has a fluffy, slightly sticky texture, which makes it a pleasant addition to almost any dish. Some common recipes with jasmine rice include:
- Fried rice with shrimp or chicken
- Coconut rice
- Lime rice
- Arroz con leche
- Rice salad
Jasmine Rice vs White Rice
Jasmine rice and white rice have some things in common. For one thing, both are very popular and easy to find. Also, both have a similar nutrient profile.
Beyond these similarities, there are some differences worth keeping in mind.
Since it’s a type of long-grain rice, jasmine rice is longer and thinner than short-grain white rice and tends to be fluffier when cooked.
While white rice is obviously always white, jasmine rice can be white, brown, red, or purple/black. This is something you should keep in mind if you are nutrition-conscious because white rice of any type tends to be more processed and contains fewer nutrients than other varieties of rice.
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