Rice Cooker - Endless Possibilities for Cooking Rice

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Rice cookers are quite popular in Japan. These rice cookers are called Suihanki (炊飯器) in the Japanese language. Currently they have become popular around the world, making life easier and enabling many things beyond simple rice.

To cook rice in the Japanese electric pot is very simple. Just put in the washed rice, add water using a meter, close and wait. In about 10 to 15 minutes your rice is ready and the machine turns off automatically.

This ingenuity makes it much easier to busy life of some Japanese. She is also able to keep rice warm throughout the day and prepare some other interesting dishes that we are going to mention in this article.

Suihanki - Japanese rice cooker and its numerous possibilities

How did the Japanese rice cooker come about?

The first Suihanki was produced in 1945 by Mitsubishi. At the time it worked with a coil, was made of aluminum and did not have an automatic shut-off.

The first fully automatic electric rice cooker appeared in the year 1956 and was invented by Yoshitada Minami together with Toshiba. It was so successful that more than 200,000 pans were produced per month.

In the 80's these pans were already part of almost every Japanese house and they started to expand their business in China, Korea and later the whole world. Over time, the technology of the pans was improved, improving more and more the flavor and its popularity.

Suihanki - Japanese rice cooker and its numerous possibilities

The countless possibilities with a Suihanki

Many people use the Japanese rice cooker just to make rice. Few know that these pans can make numerous recipes in addition to rice and derivatives. With that in mind, let's leave a list of possible recipes that you can make in a rice cooker, so you can decide to buy one.

When cooking anything other than rice in suihanki, just pay attention to the food and see if it has cooked enough or is not overcooked.

  • Bean;
  • soups;
  • Sweet rice;
  • Breads;
  • Pudding;
  • Hot chocolate;
  • Fruit stew;
  • Bread;
  • Noodle;
  • Salted Pie;
  • frittatas;
  • Boiled eggs;
  • Meat;
  • Steamed vegetables;
  • Ground beef with tomatoes;
  • Creamy corn;
  • Sukiyaki;
  • Couscous;
  • Stroganoff;
  • Chicken soup;
  • Cheesecake;

Suihanki - Japanese rice cooker and its numerous possibilities

As you can see, the possibilities with a Japanese rice cooker are endless and can break the branch of those who are lazy to turn on the stove and prepare a gohan (rice).

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The rice cooker is much cheaper than an electric fryer and I guarantee it is much more advantageous. Do you have your rice cooker? Do you intend to buy one? Tell us your experience in the comments.

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