"Niko niko" or "calrose" rice is a delicious, healthy rice grain that is often used in salads and curries. Niko niko rice is particularly popular in Hawaii, and accounts for 90 percent of all rice consumed on the Hawaiian market. Calrose rice is a particularly sticky type of California rice making it ideal for use in sushi and rice balls. It can also be a good alternative to risotto rice if you don't have any in the cupboard. The trick is measuring it out correctly, because you often end up with either far too much cooked rice, or barely enough to feed even one person.
Things You'll Need
- Niko niko rice
- Measuring scales
Plan your meal. The amount of niko niko rice you will need depends on the dish that you are cooking. If you are cooking the rice for a curry, you will need to measure the rice based upon a ration per person being served. However, if you are producing a dish such as sushi or rice balls, you will need to measure the rice based on the number of individual units of sushi or rice balls.
Measure out the rice. For dishes in which the niko niko rice is being used as an accompaniment to a sauce, or as a means to bulk up the dish, assume that you will need one cupful per person being served. One cupful of niki niko rice is equivalent to 175g of rice. For sushi or rice balls, assume that one cupful will produce three sushi rolls (and that each sushi roll will produce four individual units of sushi). One cupful will produce 12 rice balls. A good cup measure to use is the top of a small flask.
Wash the rice. Rice is covered in a fine powder of rice, so once you have measured your rice, place it in a sieve and run it under the cold tap until the water runs completely clear. Once you have washed it, the ratio of rice to water should be such that for every 1 cup of rice, add 2 cups of water. Alternatively, place your niko niko rice in a saucepan and cover with twice the amount of water as there is rice.
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