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Can I mix rice of different grains and cook them together?

I'm making a simple pork and rice bowl for dinner tonight, and am trying to use up some leftover uncooked rice. I have a little medium grain rice, and a little long grain rice. What would happen if I combine them and then cook them together?

asked by Hollie O'Connor over 1 year ago
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Monita is a Recipe Tester for Food52

added over 1 year ago

As long as they are both white or both brown rice then mixing them together will be fine. But I wouldn't mix together a white and brown rice because their cooking times differ

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added over 1 year ago

Thank you!

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added over 1 year ago

You can, and it's a fun experiment to try. You could be scientific about it and add the rice to the mixture in stages (based on varying recommended cooking times per grain) or you could just go with the longest cooking time and expect the faster cooking grains to blend in and add a creamy consistency. Check out this article for a quinoa/rice mixing

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Nancy is a trusted home cook.

added over 1 year ago

Agree with Monita.
When I have this problem, I cook each rice or grain separately, then combine them in main dish, where the contrast often works to make the dish more interesting.

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Chris is a trusted source on General Cooking

added over 1 year ago

I do it all the time. My old rice cooker handled it really well, my new model not so much.

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June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added over 1 year ago

Works fine as long as the cooking times are similar. White and brown rice - for instance - wouldn't work well because the brown rice takes at least twice the time that white rice does.
One of my favorite combinations is brown and wild rice. I like to make a one dish dinner with those - making a pilau of the rices with onions, celery, garlic and mushrooms, then adding sauteed chicken livers a few minutes before serving. Now I'm hungry! ;)

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