Vegan Spanish Rice - For a Rice Cooker

Stephanie
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My husband gets very tired of plain brown rice in his lunch, and I like a bit of variety as well so I decided to make a healthier, vegan version of Spanish style rice.

-2 cups uncooked brown rice
-1 can low-sodium diced tomatoes
-1 packet of low-sodium condensed vegetable broth (or bouillon)
-1/2 cup of chopped celery
-dash of onion salt (can substitute powder)
-dash of garlic salt (can substitute powder)

Brown the uncooked brown rice in some cooking spray, sort of how you cook rice-a-roni. Put all the ingredients in a rice cooker, fill rice cooker with water to about 4 1/2-5 cups once all the ingredients are in and let the rice cooker do the rest.

This fluffed up to about 6 cups and by my calculations is about 233 calories per cup.

Vegan Spanish Rice

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annenayne
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Re: Vegan Spanish Rice - For a Rice Cooker

I do this, too! Slightly different recipe, but yours looks yummy, too.

Loretta
Re: Vegan Spanish Rice - For a Rice Cooker

Please could you say why you think this is Spanish rice? The recipe looks nice enough, but I can't see where the name comes from.

If you made a sofrito with the tomatoes using olive oil and some real garlic (I'd recommend cooking the celery down along with it, with or without some chopped onion) and stirred the rice into this before adding the stock and making it in the rice cooker - perhaps with some paprika (preferably smoked) and a bit of bay leaf or some thyme, then that would be more like a Spanish Arroz (Rice) dish. You could add some canned cannellini beans along with the stock if you like.

Spaniards can buy ready made tomate sofrito cheaply in cans or jars, rice can be stirred into this for a minute or so before any water or stock is added. However, it's probably more common to just quickly fry rice in a little olive oil and garlic, add water, perhaps some salt and add some sofrito to the cooked rice - like ketchup. I think it's because your recipe describes adding raw tomatoes to rice that it seems so untypically Spanish, but I'm very curious as to why you gave your dish this name.

Stephanie
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Re: Vegan Spanish Rice - For a Rice Cooker

This is how I learned to made rice from some Hispanic friends of mine, mostly from Mexico (one even lived in a pueblo style house before she moved to the US), with some variations. And in general that is the type of rice that I see most often in Latin American cooking at least in this area, I am in California, and that is generally what this kind of rice is referred to as.

One variation I have seen is where you plop half an onion in instead of the onion salt, to give it that onion flavor. I suppose you could used raw ingredients like garlic in much the same way. But again this is the way that I learned how to make rice with the chucks of tomato and all, I just adjusted it to make it healthier and lower in calories than the traditional way.

Loretta
Re: Vegan Spanish Rice - For a Rice Cooker

Thanks Stephanie, that makes it clearer.

However I admit that I really cannot to grips with 'Spanish' being used to describe dishes influenced by Mexican cooking. Probably because I am Spanish :)

Stephanie
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Re: Vegan Spanish Rice - For a Rice Cooker

What can I say, I'm in the US. The origins of different things are not always as clear, and a lot of the time they are very mixed. At home my mom makes Polish, Irish, Mexican, American, Italian, etc. and mixes their styles together. I guess it is just how things are here, the only thing I can think of to kind of explain this is that it seems foods are usually grouped together by language here.

maki
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Re: Vegan Spanish Rice - For a Rice Cooker

Loretta, a lot of things are called 'Spanish' in the US when it actually means 'Hispanic'. Spanish culture as such from Spain is not that familiar to most Americans, but Hispanic culture certainly is. E.g. Spanish Harlem (East Harlem) in NYC has few if any Spanish people, but has a large Hispanic community; Spanish style architecture really means something sort of Mexican, etc.

In any case, the rice looks great and since I'm currently at a place with only 2 burners on the stove but a rice cooker, I'm going to try it later this week!

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Michiko
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Re: Vegan Spanish Rice - For a Rice Cooker

Looks yummy, Stephanie! Thanks for sharing your recipe. :D

Adriana
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Re: Vegan Spanish Rice - For a Rice Cooker

This looks wonderful! :D
I'll need to try it out lol.

Oh, I've got a question.
I don't have a rice cook just yet. I plan on getting one in a few days.
I've never had one, so I'm not sure how it works lol.

My question is...
I'd like to make sticky rice, for sushi/onigiri/etc, but not sure if a rice cooker would do that.
I know you need the medium or short grain rice to make it.

Do rice cookers make sticky rice? lol
Thanks for the help.
I figured I'd ask here, since that's a rice cooker lol :)

Thanks again
Adriana

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Anjelica
Re: Vegan Spanish Rice - For a Rice Cooker

That looks really delicious Stephanie!
Did you learn from a latin woman how to make such
wondeful looking Spanish arroz? Looks like it smells good!

numaari
Re: Vegan Spanish Rice - For a Rice Cooker

@Adriana - My rice cooker makes superb sticky rice, and it's just a cheap one from Walmart. I've found that it depends on what kind of rice you use. Get the starchy, short-grained type to make sticky rice. I can find sushi rice easily, so that's what I use. :)

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