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Easy eats for students: Around the world in 5 rice dishes

Jess, our Advice and Money Student Intern, shares five of many rice dishes, to kick start your rice relationship.

At half the price of instant noodles and with limitless versatility, rice is the king of student foods and should be a staple in every cupboard. A 10Kg bag of rice will set you back around £15 – that’s £15 for 111 meals. Great, you’re thinking, but I’d get bored having curry every day. This why I am about to take you on the world trip you always dreamed of. Get out your passport as we are about to go around the world in five rice dishes.

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1. Burrito

For this indulging taste of Mexico you’re going to need:

  • ½ Mug of Rice
  • 2 Tortilla
  • 1 Tin of Tomatoes
  • 1 Tin of Mixed Beans
  • 1 Tin of Sweetcorn
  • 1 Onion
  • Cheese
  • Spices

To start with, get your rice on the boil. Now that is simmering nicely, dice your tomatoes and onions together along with any spices – this is your salsa. In a pan mix your mixed beans and sweetcorn with a little oil on a lower heat for about 5 minutes. Now it is time to assemble, layer all the ingredients onto the tortillas, fold and enjoy.


2. One Pot Chicken and Rice

For this delicious winter warmer you’ll need:

  • 1 Mug of Rice
  • 1 Chicken Breast
  • 1 Onion
  • 1 Pepper
  • 2 Chicken Stock Cubes

Dice up your veg into smallish chunks. Fry your chicken for 5 minutes then add your veg. Take off the heat once chicken has started to brown and your veg has softened. Next, add your chicken, veg and rice into a pan along with your chicken stock – make sure you have added the water. Leave the pan to simmer until the rice is fully cooked, then enjoy!


3. Egg Fried Rice

For this taste of the orient you’ll need:

  • 1 Mug of Rice
  • 1 Mug of Frozen Peas
  • 2 Rashers of Bacon
  • 2 Spring Onion
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Heaped Tsp of Chinese Five-Spice Powder

To start of this speedy recipe you’ll need to put your rice onto boil, adding the frozen peas a few minutes before it is completely cooked. In another pan heat some butter and add sliced bacon, garlic and spring onion. Add the rice, beaten eggs and five-spice. Stir until the egg has just cooked. Enjoy this cheap but delicious alternative to takeaway.


4. Paella

Whether you’re into seafood or meat here’s what you’ll need for this taste of Mediterranean summer:

  • 1 Sliced Onion
  • Chorizo Sausage
  • 1 Tsp Turmeric
  • 2 Mug Rice
  • Fish or Chicken Stock
  • 400g Mixed Seafood

To start of this Spanish treat you’ll need to fry the onion and chorizo for five minutes. Then add the stock, rice and turmeric and bring to the boil. After letting the dish simmer for 15 minutes stir in the sea food and heat until cooked.


5. Curry

We end our tour with the classic curry, the smell of which is bound to leave your housemates green with envy. You’ll need:

  • Meat (Chicken, Lamb, Beef or Pork)
  • 3 Onions
  • 1 Tin of Chopped Tomatoes
  • 1 Tin of Tomato Soup
  • 1 Jar of Curry Paste
  • 2 Cups of Rice

Brown the meat and onions in a frying pan. Add the tin of tomatoes, soup and ¼ of the jar of curry paste. Cook on a low heat for 20 minutes. In this time set your rice to cook. This recipe is great as the actual curry flavours mature if left in the fridge overnight – be aware though that rice must be eaten on the day cooked.

Remember with all cooking creativity is the key, so please only use these recipes as a blueprint for your own rice masterpieces!


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Jess, Advice and Money Student Intern

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