There is an undeniable truth: technology has changed the way people live, and there is no evidence this will stop. Moreover, new devices and innovations are taking control of all aspects of life.

From cell phones, smartwatches, TV sets, personal computers, to home appliances, and kitchen gadgets; technology is making chores easier and faster.

There are, of course, detractors to this  “technology taking control of everything” trend, who encourage people to maintain a simpler life and stick to the use of traditional equipment.

When technology enters the kitchen

Between those technology lovers, the home appliances users take the prize, especially those who enjoy cooking time.

Advances in technology have made outstanding work; every single kitchen gadget created is well designed to make the cooking process easier.

Since the creation of stoves, refrigerators, and dishwashers, there has been the need to improve each part of the kitchen.

Nowadays, microwaves, food processors, instant cookers, and programmable pressure cookers are part of any kitchen. If you follow kitchen trends, you may have some of them in your arsenal, and surely know how to take full advantage of each cooking gadget in your house.

Cooking rice easier and faster

Whether you are an amateur or expert cooker; you may have cooked several meals, and have used one of the preferred staples in the world: rice.

This humble grain can be cooked in various ways. Its mild flavor allows it to combine with endless components for making salty meals, sugary dishes, and refreshing drinks.

Since rice is so widely used all over the world, manufacturers developed several cooking appliances designed to cook it faster, without compromising its texture and flavor.

Some of them are:

  • Rice cookers (or rice steamers).
  • Pressure cookers.
  • Instant pots.
  • Crock Pots.
  • Cooking pots.
  • Microwave ovens.

Knowing rice cookers

Rice cookers or rice steamers are devices specially created for cooking rice. The basic rice cooker consists of a big pot, a heat source, a thermometer, and a lid. It also has digital control to set up the time of the cooking process. Modern rice cookers can include an insulating casing and a warming system for keeping rice warm when it is done.

Rice cookers prepare rice by boiling water or broth. This liquid is absorbed by the rice until it is tender. You can cook any type of rice; you only have to pay attention to the water ratio depending on the rice variety.

Additionally, this equipment helps you to make perfect and fluffy rice each time. So, you won’t have to babysit your rice every minute. You just pour all ingredients into the pot, set the digital controls, and wait for the process to end.

You can prepare the simplest white rice for a side dish, or even more complicated dishes where rice is the main component. Imagine cooking delightful Mexican rice in rice cooker, or a perfect rice pudding, with the same excellent results each time you do it.

Try this Mexican rice made with a rice cooker

Mexican rice or red rice is a typical dish from Mexico. It is eaten as an accompaniment for meats or as a filling for typical local preparations.

This rice-based dish includes broth, garlic, onion, tomato, and cumin which give the characteristic red color. Some other Mexican variations of this dish include chili, oregano, cayenne, corn, peas, bell peppers, and carrots.

Mexican rice is the ideal side dish for beans, picadillo, carne asada, tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, burritos, and so much more.

Preparing Mexican rice is very simple, but using a rice cooker becomes an even easier process.

Mexican rice in a rice cooker (8 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of long-grain rice.
  • 3 cups of chicken broth.
  • 1 can of tomato paste.
  • 3 tablespoons of butter.
  • 1/2 cup of diced onion.
  • 1 minced clove of garlic.
  • 1 can of diced green chilies.
  • Black pepper to taste.
  • ½ teaspoon of cumin.
  • Salt to taste.
  • Fresh cilantro for garnish.

Preparation:

  1. Rinse rice until water is clear.
  2. In the rice cooker pot, add butter, and heat just for a second.
  3. Incorporate onion, garlic, green chilies. Stir very well.
  4. Add rice, tomato paste, chicken broth, cumin, black pepper, and salt. Combine all ingredients.
  5. Set the time in the rice cooker (according to the user’s manual of your device) and cook the rice.
  6. When it is done, take it out of the rice cooker and serve it with fresh cilantro at the top.

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