Gluten Free Rice: Types and Recipes on How to Prepare it

Sustainable Warriors 2021-06-06 8 min

Rice: isn´t it the world´s most famous, millenary, and popular food in the world? Rice is eaten by more than 3 billion people in the world. 3 billion people! Can you imagine that? As a matter of fact, rice is the most eaten grain of cereal in the world. It is used as either the main ingredient or just as a side. Did you know that it is also a vital ingredient in gluten free diets? Do you know how many rice types are there? Let me show you all about rice gluten free diets and which recipes you can easily prepare with it to go full gluten free.

Rice Gluten Free Food
Rice Gluten Free Food. Photo by Pexels.

Gluten Free: What does it mean?

Since a couple of years from now, we have learnt the meaning of “Gluten free”, it is everywhere! Basically, what it means is food that are free from gluten, a protein present in wheat, barley, rye and all of the products that come from these, such as beer or pizza. It was discovered that that there is a substantial amount of the world population who suffers from gluten allergy or is just gluten intolerant. There is also a medical condition called Celiac Disease that affects more than one per cent of the planet´s population, it is an autoimmune condition that makes the small bowel swell causing chronic fatigue, skin rashes, and anemia, among other symptoms.

Some people have decided to change their lifestyle by changing to Gluten Free Diets just because of its countless different kind of benefits. Gluten is present in lots of different foods, even though we are not aware of it and it affects our digestive system. It is not only people who suffers a medical condition who can benefit from gluten free diets but also those ones who are mindful of their bodies and would like to improve their health conditions.

Let me share with you one video that helped me understand better this whole Gluten Free concept:

Some of the benefits of carrying out a Gluten Free diet are:

  • Health improvement
  • Energy boost
  • Weight loss
  • Athletic performance improvement
  • Healthy bowels
  • Digestive function improvement
  • Belly deflate
  • Less migraines
  • Helps in cases of depression
  • Could help in cases of lactose intolerance

So anyone could carry a Gluten free Diet?

Yes, anyone who is looking to improve their health condition. Then, what do I eat if I am on a Gluten Free Diet? Most of the people carrying a gluten free diet relies on the world´s most eatable cereal grain: Rice. The reasons of choosing rice over any other cereal is its versatility, its ridiculously low price, and the crazy amount of nutrients that it has.

There are more than 40.000 different types of Rice, from Jasmine to Double Carolina, there is a type of rice for each kind of person. The best thing? When unprocessed, rice is entirely Gluten Free and it can also be turned into flour. Most of the packaged foods that are gluten free are made with rice flour instead of regular one (wheat).

Gluten Free Rice Noodles
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Can I Rely on Rice Being Gluten Free then?

Absolutely, in it´s natural form rice does not contain gluten protein making it natural gluten free. Just a few things that we need to keep in mind if we suffer from celiac disease or gluten allergy:

  • Cross-Contact

We need to make sure that the rice that we are preparing for our gluten free diet or the rice that we are eating in our gluten free restaurant has not been in contact with another cereals containing gluten. Always buy certified gluten free rice and try to avoid buying from markets where all the cereals are mixed up in bins. If you go to a restaurant you need to check that the rice preparation is not being made in the same pan as regular meals.

  • Processed Rice

Some of the ingredients or premade meals that contains rice are mixed with other cereals and might contain gluten in it. So always read the label and look for the gluten free certificate on it.

  • Arsenic

Natural rice has a small percentage of arsenic in it. It is natural and it would not be relevant in regular situations but whenever you are doing a gluten free diet rice becomes one of the main ingredients of your diet leading to increasing the amount of rice consumption. Rice in high quantities can bring up the levels of arsenic consumed, and this is not healthy at all. So make sure you read the labels and balance your rice ingestion with other different beans or gluten free cereals.

Are all Types of Rice Gluten Free?

Different types of food do require different types of rice to achieve exotic flavors. Each preparation might need its own type of rice. The three most common types of rice are:

  • White Rice

The most common and famous rice but it lacks off nutrients. In order to last long in our shelves and have a smoother texture, it goes under a process where it is removed from it fibers and minerals.

  • Brown Rice

This one is basically unrefined rice. It is full of nutrients, minerals and fibers and it has a stronger texture than white rice.

  • Wild Rice

Wild rice is indeed a gluten free grass that would normally be labeled as rice. It is high in fiber, minerals, protein, and antioxidants. But it is hard to grow so most of the prices are ridiculously high. You can balance this by swapping between rice and quinoa.

Another types of rice that are gluten free are: Basmati, Jasmine and red rice. Also there is one type of rice called “glutinous rice” that despite its name it is also gluten free.

Rice Types
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Try to avoid mixed up rice as it might not necessarily be gluten free. You also might need to avoid certain foods like Sushi or risotto, as sometimes the rice used in it is seasoned with wheat vinegar.

Now that we know that we can count on rice for our rice gluten free diet, wouldn’t you like to know which recipes can I prepare with it? Here are two 4 steps-recipes of the most delicious and exotic foods that you can make using rice as the main ingredient. Yummy!

Chicken Rice

A new and easier but much tastier recipe of the old classic Chicken and Rice. Inspired in the Spanish land you can now cook this delicious dish at home.

Chicken Rice
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Ingredients

  • olive oil 2 teaspoons
  • chicken thighs 4
  • 1 cored and chopped small green bell pepper
  • 2 diced stalks celery
  • 1 finely chopped medium yellow onion
  • 2 minced cloves garlic
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • salt ½ teaspoon
  • freshly ground black pepper ¼ teaspoon
  • chicken stock 2¼ cups

Instructions

  1. Turn oven and preheat to 350° F.
  2. heat olive oil over medium-high heat until the oil shimmers but does not smoke in a 12-inch oven-safe pan. Put in the chicken thighs, skin side down, into the pan and cook until golden about 4 minutes. Remove and keep the seared chicken on a plate. (The chicken will not be thoroughly cooked. Do not eat it at this point.) Remove the excess oil from the pan carefully, leaving behind about 1 tablespoon of oil. Return the pan to the stove.
  3. Add the green bell pepper and celery to the hot pan. Cook, stirring regularly, on medium-high heat for 2 minutes. then sum up the onions and garlic, continue to stir, and cook until all vegetables are soft, about 3 minutes. after add the rice, salt, and pepper. Stir to combine. Turn off the heat and add the chicken stock. Return the chicken thighs to the pan, skin side up.
  4. Cover and cook in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove the lid and continue cooking for an additional 10 minutes. (Chicken should be 160° F.) Season with additional salt and pepper to taste.

Enjoy this reversion of the famous rice and chicken!

Rice and Mango Dessert

East-Asian inspired this not only gluten free but also vegan dessert will drive you crazy. If you are interested in Vegan food as well this is the article that you need to read: How to go vegan with no setbacks, specially for begginers.

Ingredients

  • Glutinous rice 1 1/2 cups
  • canned unsweetened coconut milk 1 1/3 cups
  • Sugar 1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons
  • Salt 1/4 teaspoon
  • Sesame seeds 1 tablespoon
  • 1 large mango, peeled, pitted, and cut into thin slices (at least 24)

Directions

  1. In a bowl wash rice well in several changes of cold water until water is clear. Soak rice in cold water to cover overnight.
  2. Drain rice well in a sieve. Set sieve over a large deep saucepan of simmering water (sieve should not touch water) and steam rice, covered with a kitchen towel and a lid, 30 to 40 minutes, or until tender (check water level in pan occasionally, adding more water if necessary). While rice is cooking, in a small saucepan bring 1 cup coconut milk to a boil with 1/3 cup sugar and salt, stirring until sugar is dissolved, and remove from heat. Keep mixture warm.
  3. Transfer cooked rice to a bowl and stir in coconut-milk mixture. Let rice stand, covered, 30 minutes, or until coconut-milk mixture is absorbed. Rice may be prepared up to this point 2 hours ahead and kept covered at room temperature.
  4. While rice is standing, in cleaned small pan slowly boil remaining 1/3 cup coconut milk with remaining 3 tablespoons sugar, stirring occasionally, 1 minute. Transfer sauce to a small bowl and chill until cool and thickened slightly. To serve, mold 1/4 cup servings of sticky rice on dessert plates. Drizzle desserts with sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Divide mango slices among plates.

Enjoy this amazing recipes. But if you are still unsure of what is a Gluten Free Diet or lazy about cooking at home you can have a look at our article: Gluten Free: What is it & where are the best restaurants?

Sustainable Warriors

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