In the spotlight…Rice

Rice

If you had to choose between bread, pasta or rice which would you go for? Mine is rice, I could eat it every day if it wasn’t so calorific. But, don’t be fooled this little white grain of scrumptiousness actually has more benefits than you think.

Firstly, it is packed full of vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, C and E and potassium. In Ayurveda and Chinese medicine, rice is also recommended for healing upset stomachs and improving digestion.

Secondly, the water left from washing rice contains Ferulic Acid which has anti-ageing properties and allantoin (a non-irritating ingredient that soothes and protects the skin).

And thirdly, the most exciting use for rice water is that it can improve the condition of your hair and help your hair to grow. I’ve searched high and low for miracle hair growth products and who’d have thought the answer was in my kitchen cupboard. I have just started to use this on my hair so results coming soon.

How to make rice water
1) Measure out a mug/cup of rice.
2) Soak in warm water for 30mins.
3) Decant your rice water into a bottle spray. Can be used to spritz directly on the skin as a face wash.

Keep rice water in the fridge for a week max.

How to make super-fluffy rice
I’m not one to waste food, so with the rice leftover cook it and simply serve with your favourite curry. Everyone asks how I get my rice fluffy and separated. Here’s how.

  1. Boil some water in a kettle.
  2. Drizzle some olive oil in a pan, a teaspoon of salt and I like to add in some frozen mixed veg to add some colour. Stir for a minute and add your rice. Give it a light stir, so all grains of rice gets coated with the olive oil. Don’t over stir or be heavy-handed as this can break the rice.
  3. Get your rice ratio to water right. If you use a 1 mug/cup of rice, measure 1 and a half for the water.
  4. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low.
  5. Put the lid on and simmer for 8mins.
  6. This is the important bit. Don’t look at the rice, leave lid on and let it settle for 10mins. This enhances the cooking process and guarantees your rice is super, super fluffy.

Do you have any beauty tips from your kitchen?

Main Photo by Pille-Riin Priske on Unsplash

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