Rice Dishes

Rice is one of the most widely consumed foods across the globe. According to chef Dennis Lee, “How you make rice says a lot about a cook. There are actually a lot of variables.” F&W’s guide offers techniques for making the best rice, including when to rinse, how much water to use and what type of rice will be perfect for your dish. We also have recipes from many different countries, such as Southern rice and beans and Chinese one-pot stir-fry ideas, plus tips from all your favorite chefs.

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Yin-Yang Tang Yuan (Sweet Sticky Rice Balls in Soup)

This soothing, sweet Chinese dessert soup of rice flour dough balls stuffed with black sesame seeds in a rock sugar–sweetened broth is typically served during reunions because the round rice balls symbolize harmony and togetherness. Lucky Chow producer Danielle Chang likes to make it as a sweet treat for her Lunar New Year celebration. To keep the dough moistened throughout the assembly process, cover it with a damp towel.

Risotto with Anchovy and Ginger

Marzapane restaurant in Rome flavors this buttery risotto with both salted anchovies and colatura, the deeply savory Italian version of fish sauce. As a surprisingly delicious contrast to the rich risotto, the chef garnishes the dish with candied ginger. Slideshow:  More Risotto Recipes 

Fennel Risotto

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Venice-based blogger Skye McAlpine doesn't add wine to this risotto; this keeps the fennel flavor pure and sweet. Swap a vegetable stock for the chicken broth if you're cooking for vegetarians. Slideshow:  More Risotto Recipes 

Risotto-Style Penne with Tomatoes and Zucchini Blossoms

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Fabio Trabocchi, an F&W Best New Chef, likes this unusual method of cooking pasta in the style of risotto to create a rich, silky sauce. "It works beautifully with small shapes like penne," he says. A really good imported slow-dried pasta will be quite porous, which allows it to soak up liquid bit by bit, just as rice does in risotto; it also means the pasta will maintain its shape as it becomes al dente. Slideshow:  More Penne Recipes 


This mixed rice dish is a staple in Indian cuisine. Whether made with vegetables, chicken or lamb, these recipes all boast eclectic flavors.

Building a Biryani

Once you’ve gathered all the ingredients, making biryani is straightforward and can be done in stages. You can marinate the lamb overnight and cook it in advance—the onions, too. You can prepare the raita a day ahead as well. Assemble the entire dish and pop it in the oven a half-hour or so before you plan to serve it.

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All of the Alliums Fried Rice

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Blogger Molly Yeh uses a variety of onions to make her luscious fried rice, which gets supercrispy in the skillet. Slideshow:  One-Bowl Rice Recipes  

5 Quick and Comforting Rice Dishes

Here, five comforting (and easy) rice dishes that are ready in 40 minutes or less.

Seafood-and-Chicken Paella with Chorizo

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At her restaurant, Brasa, pork-loving chef Tamara Murphy makes her own chorizo for the excellent paella on her menu. As for the seafood in the dish, she breaks with tradition by sautéing the shrimp and steaming the mussels and clams before adding them to the paella during the last few minutes of cooking; this keeps the seafood moist and delicious. More Paella Recipes