Thai Red Rice
Thai red rice (also known as Khao Deng) is an ancient grain complimenting Asian cuisine. The red rice is primarily cultivated in Surin, a province in the East of Thailand near the border of Cambodia, using traditional farming methods and harvested from mid-November through mid-December,
Thai red rice is available in a number of varieties such as;
– Thai Red Cargo rice – long-grain rice similar to regular jasmine rice, with much of the red bran still covering the kernel.
– Coral Red Jasmine rice – semi-polished with a coral-hued kernel.
Thai red rice has a pleasant, nutty or earthy flavor. It retains a deep burgundy color after cooking. The outer bran splits open to reveal a bit of the inner white kernel.
Thai red rice is whole grain and a rich source of fiber, iron, thiamin, calcium and vitamin B1, ideal for individuals who are gluten intolerant. A whole-grain food retains the entire grain seed, including the germ, bran and endosperm.
Whole grains is a good source of three kinds of anti-oxidants, water soluble, insoluble and fat soluble. These oxidants are multifunctional and keep releasing energy for a longer period of time. The fact that anti-oxidants guard our heart, consumption of red rice becomes more crucial to minimize the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
People, including more whole grains in their diet, have lower rates of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Additionally people with higher intakes of whole grains also tend to have lower body weights. Thai red rice is believed reducing cholesterol and aid in performance of the circulatory system.
- Soak one cup of Thai red rice with two cups of water in a medium-sized saucepan for 30 minutes. The pre-soaking will allow for shorter cooking times.
- Drain the soaked rice into a colander. Add 1 1/2 cups of fresh water and the soaked rice into your medium saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until the water is boiling.
- Turn down the heat to simmer and cook for another 20 minutes or until the Thai red rice is done. Be sure to stir the rice a few times during cooking. It will have a chewy texture, unlike white rice.
- Tips & Warnings
You can cook Thai red rice like wild rice, by adding 4 cups of water to 1 cup of rice. After 20 minutes of cooking, drain the rice in a colander. Thai red rice does not cook that well in a normal rice cooker.
- Thai red rice can be used in non-Thai dishes like rice salad or risotto.
How-To Cook Thai Red Rice