Is rice the most versatile food in the world?
Name a more flexible foodstuff. I'll wait
What do you feel like for dinner tonight? Chinese? Indian? Mexican? Thai? Japanese? Italian?
All fine choices – and all have one thing in common (apart from being delicious): rice is a central component in all of them.
Cooking up a curry? Pilau rice on the side. Ordering a Chinese? Fried rice. Buying a burrito? Add in some spiced tomato rice. Thai green curry? Get the sticky rice to go with. Having an Italian? Got to start with some arancini. Or go for a risotto. Eating in Spain? Order up some paella.
Nothing beats a tasty risotto (Photo by Julien Pianetti on Unsplash)
See what I mean?
And that’s not all – you can really serve up rice as an accompaniment to almost anything. Having some healthy chicken or steamed fish? Rice is perfect.
Don’t get me wrong, other accompanying staples have their place: potatoes? Great. Pasta? Likewise. But rice is the base of so many different cuisines around the world – it’s the staple for all seasons.
So my question is, is rice the most versatile food in the world?