Updated: November 14, 2018
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5 things you didn't know you could make in a rice cooker

As its name obviously states, a rice cooker cooks rice. But did you know you can make an array of dishes using this amazing kitchen appliance?

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Bread

Yes, you can actually make bread with a rice cooker.
Japanese people rarely have a big oven at home, but they sure do have a rice cooker.
Try this recipe and bring out the baker in you!

Fluffy Butter-Honey Bread

Ingredients

3 tbsp of honey
150 ml of milk
1 egg
300 grams of bread flour
2 tsp of dry yeast
30 grams of butter
1/2 tsp of salt
Olive oil (or butter) to butter the pan

1. Put the honey, milk and egg in a container. Microwave until it's warm (about 30 seconds).
2. Mix the bread flour and dry yeast in a bowl. Add the mixture from Step 1 and stir with a spoon. Once the dough comes together, add the butter and salt.
3. Using your hands, stretch, fold and knead the dough for 15 minutes until it's fluffy and firm.
4. Butter the rice cooker and place the dough inside. Turn on the warming setting for 10 minutes. Turn it off, and let sit for 30 minutes for the first rising. The dough should be two to three times its original size once the first rising is complete.
5. Take out the dough from the rice cooker and press it down with your hands to punch out the air. Divide into 5-6 equal portions and place them in a circle inside the pan. Repeat Step 4 for the second rising.
6. Time to bake! Just press start and wait till it's done. Turn it over, press start again, wait until it's done and YUM! Time to eat!

Polenta

Polenta is great, that's a fact.
This cornmeal Italian wonder can serve as a side dish or a main course. You can bake, fry, or grill it. You can also make it in your rice cooker.
Mangiamo!

Super Cheesy Polenta

Ingredients

2 tablespoons of butter
1/2 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup milk
1/2 cup polenta
1/4 teaspoon salt, or more to taste
2 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese
2 ounces shredded Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1. Place the butter, onion, and garlic in the rice cooker. Close lid and turn on cooker. Cook until onion is soft and translucent, stirring occasionally, 10 to 15 minutes.
2. Add chicken broth, milk, polenta, and salt. Cover and cook on full cycle, stirring occasionally until polenta has absorbed the liquid. Takes about 20 minutes.
3. Add Cheddar cheese, Parmesan cheese, and black pepper; stir until cheese is melted.n Delizioso!

Paella

Recipes from around the world can be made in your rice cooker. How amazing is that?
Paella, a Spanish icon, is well known for its seafood version with shrimps, mussels and rice.
But there are actually different types, like Valencian, vegetable paella, seafood and mixed meat.
Below is a delicious vegetarian version you can easily prepare. Olé!

Spanish Chickpeas and Rice

Ingredients

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup long grain white rice
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp cumin
1/4 tsp oregano
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
freshly cracked pepper
1 15oz. can chickpeas, drained
1 15oz. can petite diced tomatoes, with juices
1 6oz. jar quartered artichoke hearts, drained
1 cup vegetable broth
1/4 bunch fresh parsley, chopped
1 fresh lemon

1. Add 1 Tbsp olive oil, 1 cup of long grain white rice, and all of the spices listed above to the bowl of the rice cooker. Stir until the rice is coated in oil and spices.
2. Add one 15oz. can of chickpeas (drained), one 15oz. can of diced tomatoes (with the juices), and one 6 oz. jar of artichoke hearts (drained) and vegetable broth. Give everything a brief stir, then closes the rice cooker and turn it on to the cook setting.
3. Once the cook cycle has completed, let it rest on the "keep warm" setting for at least 5 minutes. After resting, open the cooker and gently fluff and stir the mixture to make sure everything is evenly mixed.
4. To serve, sprinkle chopped parsley over top, and squeeze the lemon over top just before eating. Maravilloso!

Curry

Hmm, curry, you delicious food! Originally coming from southern India, the curry leaf has been in use for thousands of years, in hundreds of different combinations to create regional dishes.
The curry powder that's so popular today is actually a British invention, created when the British tried to replicate Indian food back home.
On the other hand, garam masala is an authentic spice blend, widely used on the sub-continent.
Both can easily be found in most groceries stores, so let's get the spices going!

Coconut Lentil Curry

Ingredients

1 can fire-roasted crushed tomatoes
3 cups vegetable or chicken broth
2 cups dried brown lentils
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon garam masala
2 teaspoons ground turmeric
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 can full-fat coconut milk
Cooked basmati rice, for serving
Chopped fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish

1. Place the tomatoes, broth, lentils, onion, garlic, garam masala, turmeric, salt, and pepper in the rice cooker and stir to combine. Cook on the until the lentils are tender and most of the liquid is absorbed. Depending on your rice cooker it may take a few times to finish.
2. Stir in the coconut milk. Serve over basmati rice and top with fresh cilantro. Uttan!

Ikameshi

This famous Hokkaido dish consists of simmered squids with rice inside.
In 1941 during World War II when food rations had a shortage of rice, Mori Station ekiben (boxed lunch) vendor Abeshoten decided to use the abundant Japanese flying squid that was available at the time as a way to ration the supply of rice.
The dish quickly became popular and is now known nationally as a Mori delicacy.
You can prepare this easy version in your rice cooker too! Tsukurimashou!

Ikameshi

Ingredients

10g dried squid (surume)
1 rice cake (mochi)
150g rice
3 green onions
3 slices of ginger
water
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon sugar

1. Rinse rice with cold water.
2. Cut the mochi in two halves.
3. Cut the dried squid into 3cm-long strips.
4. Peel the ginger and cut it into thin slices.
5. Cut the green onion into small pieces.
6. Put the polished rice in your rice cooker and add the sauce (soy sauce and sugar), as well as water as needed.
7. Add the squid and the ginger. Place the rice cake (mochi) on the very top.
8. Once done, mix everything, making sure that the rice cake is properly mixed.
9. Sprinkle with green onion. Itadakimasu!



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