Spanish Rice Recipe

Prep time: 5 minutes

Yield: Serves 4 to 6

Cook time: 25 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil (can use up to 1/4 cup)
  • 1 onion, chopped fine
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cups of medium or long-grain white rice
  • 3 cups* chicken stock (or vegetable stock if vegetarian)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon tomato paste or 1 cup of diced fresh or cooked tomatoes, strained
  • Pinch of oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt

*Check the instructions on the rice package for the proportions of liquid to rice. They can range from 1:1 to 2:1. If your rice calls for 2 cups of water for every cup of rice, then for this recipe, use 4 cups of stock for 2 cups of rice.


  1. In a large skillet brown rice in olive oil, medium/high heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook onion rice mixture, stirring frequently, about 4 minutes, or until onions are softened.
  2. In a separate saucepan bring stock to a simmer. Add tomato sauce, oregano, and salt. Add rice to broth. Bring to a simmer. Cover. Lower heat and cook 15-25 minutes, depending on the type of rice and the instructions on the rice package. Turn off heat and let sit for 5 minutes.

Rice Cultivation in India

India is a country blooming with diversity. From religions, languages, cultures to terrains and climatic conditions, you’ll find permanent snowfields to tropical coast lands, desserts, land rich with fertile soil. With a tropical and sub tropical climate, Indian subcontinent has eight climatic zones. Each zone is blessed with monsoon showers but that too has different slots for its arrival in different regions.

In our last post you read about the Climatic Conditions for Rice Cultivation. And if you’ve been thinking where all in India is it cultivated and harvested, here’s look:


The western coastal strip, the eastern coastal strip, covering all the primary deltas, Assam plains and surrounding low hills, foothills and Terai region- along the Himalayas and states like West Bengal, Bihar, Eastern Uttar Pradesh, Eastern Madhya Pradesh, Northern Andhra Pradesh and Orissa.

Climatic Conditions for Rice Cultivation



Rice cultivation is possible only in areas with good rainfall, as the crop requires standing water for growth. A monthly rainfall of 100-200 mm is a must and about 125 cm is during vegetative season. And there should be no water at ripening stage.


Rice being a tropical and sub-tropical plant, requires a fairly high temperature, ranging from 20° to 40°C. The optimum temperature of 30°C during day time and 20°C during night time is considered favorable for its growth and development.


Sunlight is a must for all plant lives, a source of energy. During the ripening period of last 35 to 45 days, the yield is most benefited by sunlight. Bright sunshine with low temperature during ripening period of the crop helps in the development of carbohydrates in the grains. The effect of solar radiation is more profound where water, temperature and nitrogenous nutrients are not limiting factors.


Rice grows on a variety of soils like silts, loams and gravels. However, clayey loam is well suited to the raising of this crop.

Rice Varieties

Did you know rice has over 40000 varieties worldwide. And here are the names of some varieties found in India.


▪   Basmati

▪   Ambemohar

▪   Dubraj rice

▪   Aizon Rice

▪   Champaa Rice

▪   Clearfield Rice

▪   Hasan serai

▪   Gobindo Bhog [West Bengal]

▪   Atop

▪   HMT Rice

▪   Thimmasamundaram Mollakolukulu

▪   Jay Shrirama Rice

▪   Joha rice

▪   Rosematta rice

▪   Navara rice

▪   Raja Hansa rice

▪   Molakolukulu

▪   Patna rice

▪   Pusa Rice

▪   74 count

▪   Idly Rice – Short grain

▪   Sona Masuri

▪   Ranjit Rice

▪   Katta Sambar

▪   Hansraj

▪   Jyothi

▪   Annapoornna

▪   Poreiton Chakhau – aromatic dark red rice from Manipur

Rice varieties of Karnataka:

  • Jaya
  • Thanu
  • Tunga
  • IR-30864
  • BR-2655 (Produced in SFPP Project, VC Farm, Mandya, Karnataka, India)

Traditional Kerala rice varieties:

  • Chitteni
  • Aryan
  • Thavalakkannan
  • Vattan
  • Wayanad Kayamma
  • Palakkad Matta

Assamese rice varieties:

  • Bora
  • Malbhog
  • Manuhar
  • Bahadur
  • Kushal
  • Maniram IR-8, etc.

Tamil Nadu rice varieties:

  • IR-20
  • IR-50
  • Aduthurai(ADT)-36
  • Ambai-16
  • BPT 5204
  • ADT 43
  • Improved white ponni
  • Co-43 etc.,

▪   Seela Rice

▪   Basmati Tukda

▪   Arwa

▪   Parwmal

▪   Surti kolam, kolam (Varieties of Gujrat)

▪   Improved Samba Mahsuri

▪   Akshayadhan

▪   Varadhan

▪   Kalinga III

Rice Writing


Micro-calligraphy or painting on rice is an ancient art that originated in Turkey and India. It’s a skill to be able to write small enough on a grain of rice. In Turkey it is believed to bring good luck to anyone who owned a grain of rice with a message inscribed on it. One such sample lies in the Topkapi Palace Museum of Turkey.


Rice writing has also been a traditional art form in India and even found in many states like Kolkatta, Bangaluru, Pushkar to name a few. Rice used for this art is common long rice, a little flat and cylindrical in shape. The flatness provides smooth surface for writing. Also a sharp knife is used to remove ridges and to make the surface a little finer or to remove minor mistakes. With the help of technical pens, craftsmen scribble names, quotations on it. And once the writing is complete these rice grains are preserved in a small vial of oil and many even mount these vials into beautiful pieces of jewellery like neckpieces, bracelets and key chains.

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Rice is a Rich Meal.

Explore a little more about these white sumptuous grains:

  • Provides fast and instant energy, stabilizes blood sugar levels and provides an essential source of vitamin B1.
  • Rice is the staple food in most of the countries and it is an important cereal crop that feeds more than half of the world’s population.
  • Great Energy Source: As rice is rich in carbohydrates, it acts as fuel for the body and aids in normal functioning of the brain.
  • Cholesterol Free: Eating rice is extremely beneficial for health, just for the fact that it does not contain harmful fats, cholesterol or sodium. It forms an integral part of balanced diet.
  • Rich in Vitamins: Rice is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals like niacin, vitamin D, calcium, fiber, iron, thiamine and riboflavin.
  • Resistant Starch: Rice abounds in resistant starch, which reaches the bowel in undigested form. It aids the growth of useful bacteria for normal bowel movements.
  • Reduces High Blood Pressure: As rice is low in sodium, it is considered best food for those suffering from high blood pressure and hypertension.
  • Cancer Prevention: Whole grain rice like brown rice is rich in insoluble fiber that can possibly protect against many types of cancers. Many scientists believe that such insoluble fibers are vital for protecting the body against cancerous cells.

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