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World's best rice-based dishes

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Arancini or arancine are fried (or, less commonly, baked) rice balls coated with breadcrumbs, said to have originated in Sicily in the 10th century. Arancini are usually filled with ragù (meat sauce), tomato sauce, mozzarella, and/or peas...

 

Arroz con gandules - it is a yellow-rice-and-pigeon-pea dish with alcaparrado (capers and olives stuffed with red peppers), and pieces of meat (bacon, smoked ham, smocked turkey or chorizo)...

 

Arroz con Pollo ("rice with chicken" in Spanish) is a traditional dish that is common throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, especially in Cuba, Colombia, Panama, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Honduras and the Dominican Republic...

 

Bibimbap is a popular Korean dish. The word literally means "mixed rice." Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) and gochujang (chili pepper paste). A raw or fried egg and sliced meat are common additions...

 

Biryani, biriani, or beriani is a set of rice-based foods made with spices, rice (usually basmati) and meat, fish, eggs or vegetables. The name is derived from the Persian word beryā(n) (بریان) which means "fried" or "roasted"...

 

Dal bhat is a traditional South Asian and staple dish which is essentially rice (bhat) and lentil soup (dal). This is a common dish in South Asian countries, especially Nepal...

 

Gallo pinto (or gallopinto) is the prototypical traditional dish of Costa Rican and Nicaraguan cuisine. It is considered the national dish, and is eaten as a part of any meal...

 

Jambalaya is a Louisiana Creole dish of Spanish and French influence. Jambalaya is traditionally made in three parts, with meats and vegetables, and is completed by adding stock and rice. It is also a close cousin to the saffron colored paella found in Spanish culture...

 

(Japanese) curry is one of the most popular dishes in Japan. It is commonly served in three main forms: curry rice, karē udon (thick noodles) and karē-pan (bread). Curry rice is most commonly referred to simply as 'curry'...

 

Jollof rice, also called 'Benachin' meaning one pot in the Wolof language, is a popular dish all over West Africa. It is thought to have originated in Senegal and Gambia but has since spread to the whole of West Africa, especially Nigeria and Ghana...

 

Kabsa is a family of rice dishes that are served mostly in Saudi Arabia - where it is commonly regarded as a national dish - and the other Arab states of the Persian Gulf. In places like Qatar, Bahrain and Kuwait the dish is popularly known as Majboos...

 

Ketupat is a type of dumpling from Indonesia, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, and the Philippines, made from rice that has been wrapped in a woven palm leaf pouch which is then boiled. As the rice cooks, the grains expand to fill the pouch and the rice becomes compressed...

 

Kimchi bokkeumbap is a variety of bokkeumbap (fried rice dishes), a popular dish in South Korea. Its name literally translates as "Kimchi mixed rice". Kimchi bokkeumbap is made primarily with kimchi and rice, along with other available ingredients...

 

Kushari, often transliterated as koshary, kosheri or koshari, is a popular traditional Egyptian national dish. It consists of a base of rice, brown lentils, chickpeas, macaroni, and a topping of Egyptian garlic and vinegar and spicy tomato sauce (salsa)...

 

Loco Moco is a dish native to Hawaiian cuisine. There are many variations, but the essential loco moco consists of white rice topped with a hamburger patty, a fried egg, and brown gravy...

 

Nasi goreng, literally meaning "fried rice" in Indonesian and Malay, can refer simply to fried pre-cooked rice, to a meal including fried rice accompanied with other items, or to a more complicated fried rice, typically spiced with tamarind and chilli...

 

Nasi Kuning is an Indonesian rice dish. It also comes in a form of a cone called a tumpeng and is usually eaten during special events. The rice is cooked with coconut milk and turmeric, hence the name nasi kuning (yellow rice)...

 

Nasi lemak is a dish sold in Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore and Southern Thailand. In Kuala Lumpur, it is called the national dish, a national heritage of Malaysia. There is a similar dish in Indonesia called nasi uduk...

 

Pabellón criollo is a traditional Venezuelan dish, the local version of the rice and beans combination found throughout the Caribbean. It is a plate of rice, shredded beef and stewed black beans that is considered by many to be the Venezuelan national dish...

 

Pad Thai or Phat Thai (Thai: "fried Thai style") is a dish of stir-fried rice noodles with eggs, fish sauce, tamarind juice, red chilli pepper, plus any combination of bean sprouts, shrimp, chicken, or tofu, garnished with crushed peanuts, coriander and lime...

 

Paella is a rice dish that originated in its modern form in the mid-19th century near lake Albufera, a lagoon near the eastern coast of Spain's Valencian region. Many non-Spaniards view paella as Spain's national dish. However, most Spaniards consider it to be a regional Valencian dish. Valencians, in turn, regard paella as one of their identity symbols...

 

Pilaf, also called polo, polao, pilau, pilav, pilaff, plov or pulao in their adopted languages (Persian, Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Turkish, Uzbek, Turkmen, etc.), is a dish in which a grain, such as rice or cracked wheat, is browned in oil, and then cooked in a seasoned broth...

 

Platillo Moros (or simply moros, moro, congri, or arroz moro) is the famous dish of Cuba, their version of the rice and beans combination found throughout the Caribbean and in Brazil...

 

Rice and beans (called arroz y habas or similar in Spanish, arroz e feijão in Brazilian Portuguese) is a very popular dish throughout Latin America and the Caribbean as well as in communities of Latino and Caribbean people elsewhere...

 

Rice congee is a type of rice porridge that is eaten in many Asian countries. In some cultures, congee is eaten primarily as a breakfast food or late supper; while in others, it is eaten as a substitute for rice at other meals...

 

Risotto is a traditional Italian rice dish. It is one of the most common ways of cooking rice in Italy. Its origins are in North Italy, specifically Eastern Piedmont, Western Lombardy, and the Veneto, where rice paddies are abundant... 

 

Sushi is vinegar rice, topped with other ingredients, such as fish. Sliced raw fish alone is called sashimi, as distinct from sushi. The common ingredient across all the different kinds of sushi is sushi rice...

 

Thieboudienne, or ceebu jen, is a traditional dish from Senegal. It is made from fish, rice and tomato sauce. Its other ingredients are onions and peanut oil. All these ingredients are found in abundance in the country...

 

Tumpeng is a cone-shaped rice dish like mountain with its side dishes (vegetables and meat). The cone shape of rice is made by using cone-shaped weaved bamboo container. The rice itself could be plain steam rice, uduk rice (cooked with coconut milk), or yellow rice...

 

Uduk is an Indonesian style steamed rice dish originally from Jakarta, Indonesia's capital, which can be widely found across the country. It is made by mixing steamed rice with coconut milk, clove (cengkeh), cassia bark (kayu manis), galingale root, lemongrass and ginger (jahe)...

 
 
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