Long grain white rice (Recipe: shrimp, broccoli and scallion fried rice)
A trivia question about long grain white rice:
Exactly how long is a grain of long grain rice? That sounds like a trick question, but it's not. A grain is seven to nine millimeters in length, and four to five times as long as it is wide. It's the length-to-width ratio that gives long grain rice its name. When cooked, long grain rice is fluffier and the grains stay more separate than short- or medium-grain rices, which makes it the perfect choice for stir-fries, soups and casseroles. Though first cultivated in India, some of the best long grain rice is grown in the southern United States.
Cooking or baking?
Cooking, in both savory and sweet dishes.
Remove rice from its original packaging and store in an airtight container in the pantry. It will keep indefinitely.
Shrimp, broccoli and scallion fried rice
Not just for garnish, scallions play an important role in this quick-and-easy main course fried rice. The recipe calls for cold cooked rice, so you need to plan at least a few hours ahead. *Whenever you make a batch of rice, make extra and keep it in the refrigerator (for up to a few days), or buy steamed rice from a restaurant and let it cool for a few hours. Serves 2 as a main dish.
2 tsp peanut or canola oil
6 scallions, white and green parts, sliced thinly on the diagonal
2 cups broccoli florets, cut into thin pieces
1/2 lb shrimp, 31-40 size
2 cups cold cooked long grain white rice*
2 tsp sesame oil
2 tsp shao hsing wine
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 Tbsp oyster sauce
In a wok or large nonstick frying pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the scallions and broccoli, and cook, stirring almost constantly, for 2 minutes or until broccoli has just begun to brown. Add the shrimp, and stir-fry for 1 minute. Then add the rice; continue stirring and breaking up any clumps, for 1 minute. Pour in the sesame oil, shao hsing wine, soy sauce and oyster sauce, and stir until everything is well combined. Serve hot.
Other recipes that use long grain white rice:
Spanish rice, from Simply Recipes
Classic rice pilaf, from Vanilla Latte
Rice with Coca-Cola, from My Colombian Recipes
Mujadarra (Middle Eastern lentils and rice with caramelized onions), from Kalyn's Kitchen
Horchata, from Life Begins at 30