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Japanese Curry Rice and Indian Curry Rice - What's The Difference?

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The great debate - what is the difference between Japanese Curry Rice and Indian Curry Rice, or is there even a difference at all? The answer is yes, there is quite a big difference between the two, both complimenting the styles of cooking and palates of their cuisines. Let's find out exactly what the difference is between these two types of rice on our supermarket shelves and how we should use them.


Japanese Curry Rice

To start things off, when we say Japanese Curry Rice, we are typically referring to Japonica Rice, which can be found at most supermarkets. This type of rice is classically used in most Asian based meals and belongs in the short grain variety of rice. Japonica rice grains are rounder, thicker and harder compared to rice used in Indian dishes. Japonica rice is also a lot stickier due to the higher content of amylopectin (one of the components of starch). It is recommended that Japonica rice is soaked in water for 30 minutes prior to cooking. Have a look at our Japanese product range to enjoy your own Japanese Curry Rice.

 

Indian Curry Rice

The most traditional type of rice used in Indian curries and dishes is Basmati rice, which is also found in all supermarkets. Basmati rice is typically grown in Northern India and Pakistan, however the U.S also grows some varieties of the rice; however, nothing beats Basmati rice grown in its traditional countries.  When cooking Basmati rice, it is recommended that the rice is soaked for 30 minutes prior to cooking, to ensure that the rice cooks evenly without breaking. Basmati rice goes really well with Indian curries and dishes from our Indian product range.


When it comes down to the main difference between Japanese Curry Rice and Indian Curry Rice, it's all about taste and texture. Basmati is known to be less fragrant than Japonica, and therefore Basmati is usually cooked in combination with aromatic Indian spices and flavours. Whilst Japonica rice is sticky and perfect for Japanese dishes like Sushi or Inari.   

The Art of Rice Paper Rolls

The Art of Rice Paper Rolls Image credit: yuppiechef.com

Rice paper rolls (traditionally known as Gỏi cuốn) are a Vietnamese dish that usually consist of chicken, pork, vegetables and other ingredients wrapped up in rice paper. These Vietnamese rolls are healthy, simple and fun to make and pair beautiful with our dipping sauces.

The best thing about making rice paper rolls, is that the ingredients that go into the roll are completely up to you. To give you a little bit of inspiration, here are a few of our personal favourite combinations when making the rolls:

Chicken: Shredded chicken, shredded cabbage, beansprouts, fresh mint leaves, red capsicum and fresh coriander leaves.

Tuna: Drained tuna, cucumber cut into matchsticks, fresh mint leaves, grated carrot, beansprouts, avocado and vermicelli noodles.

Vegetarian: Shredded iceberg lettuce, beansprouts, grated carrot, cucumber and avocado cut into strips.

We are just getting started with these combinations, so feel free to get creative with it! They also make for the perfect go-to meal when there isn't much left in the fridge - as long as you have some meat or vegetables lying around (and rice paper of course), you're good to go. 


How to Roll

 

The actual rolling of the rice paper rolls is obviously a vital part of the process. The key, is to make sure that they are rolled round and tight, to ensure that the ingredients don't fall out while you're eating them. Follow our four steps for rolling your rice paper roll and you'll be a pro in no time!

Step 1: Fill a bowl with warm water and dip your rice paper into the water for about 3-4 seconds, or until the rice paper becomes moistened with the water. Lay the wet rice paper down and wait for 30 seconds to allow the water to soak up - rolling very wet rice paper will make things a bit difficult!

Step 2: Layer your filling ingredients on the edge of the rice paper closest to you

Step 3: Carefully wrap the edge of the paper closest to you over your ingredients and slowly start to roll away from you, making sure you "tuck" underneath the filling to keep the roll tight

Step 4: After you've rolled your little creation, you can choose to cut it into mini bites, in half, or keep it whole!

Rice paper rolls are even better when you have something to dip them into. Try sweet chilli sauce with lime juice, soy sauce or you can experiment by creating your own Asian dipping sauce. Make sure to check out our Vietnamese range for more of this delicious cuisine.

 


Enjoy! 

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