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Popular rice dishes from Europe and Americas

Traditionally when someone talks about a rice dish, we immediately think of something which is Asian in nature – afterall, rice is primarily consumed in Asia more than Europe and America. However, there are many delicious and popular rice dishes made exclusively in European and American countries.

Rijsttaart from Belgium – Rijsttaart is a popular dessert in Belgium made from rice. It is basically a thick pie filled with rice pudding, vanilla, eggs and cream.

Risotto from Italy – Rice is first sauteed and then slowly cooked in broth until it becomes creamy in texture. Traditionally Risotto often contains butter, onion, Parmesan cheese and white wine.

Galinhada from Brazil – Galinhada is probably the most popular comfort food of Brazil. It contains rice, chicken and other ingredients like green onions, parsley, turmeric and cumin.

Melitzanopilafo from Greece – A hard to pronounce name but very easy to digest rice dish of Greece. Melitzanopilafo is a rice dish with eggplant, onion, garlic, dry white wine, olive oil, oregano and parsley.

Kedgeree from England – Like many other dishes, the Kedgeree travelled to England from colonial India. It is a curried rice dish with flaky smoked haddock, eggs, parsley and butter or cream.

Dirty Rice from United States – No, there are no literal dirt in the rice. Rather it is rice made dirty by mixing in minced chicken livers or gizzards, ground pork, bacon, peppers and other spices.

Paella from Spain – Paella is more prevalent in the Valencia region of Spain. It is a hearty dish with arborio rice, saffron, chicken, vegetables and seafood like shrimp, mussels and calamari. Paella is considered one of the cherished symbols of Valencia.

Juane from Peru – Traditionally Juane dish originated from the Peruvian jungles, made with chicken, olives, hard boiled eggs and rice that has been seasoned with turmeric, oregano and cumin. The mix is then wrapped in bijao leaves and cooked.

Loco Moco from United States – Loco Moco is more popular in Hawaii than in the mainland United States. It is white rice topped with hamburger, fried egg and brown gravy.

Arroz Doce from Portugal – Arroz Doce is a type of creamy rice pudding flavoured with eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon and lemon.

Jambalaya from United States – It is a one pot dish made with chicken, sausages, crayfish or shrimp and rice. They often add onions, celery and green pepper to it. In Cajun cooking this Jambalaya mix is also known as the “trinity”.

Arroz Con Gandules from Puerto Rico – It is a richly seasoned rice with pigeon peas, carrots, onions, bell peppers, ham or bacon and tomato paste. Many people also tend to add stuffed olives to the dish.

Traditionally when someone talks about a rice dish, we immediately think of something which is Asian in nature – afterall, rice is primarily consumed in Asia more than Europe and America. However, there are many delicious and popular rice dishes made exclusively in European and American countries.

Rijsttaart from Belgium – Rijsttaart is a popular dessert in Belgium made from rice. It is basically a thick pie filled with rice pudding, vanilla, eggs and cream.

Risotto from Italy – Rice is first sauteed and then slowly cooked in broth until it becomes creamy in texture. Traditionally Risotto often contains butter, onion, Parmesan cheese and white wine.

Galinhada from Brazil – Galinhada is probably the most popular comfort food of Brazil. It contains rice, chicken and other ingredients like green onions, parsley, turmeric and cumin.

Melitzanopilafo from Greece – A hard to pronounce name but very easy to digest rice dish of Greece. Melitzanopilafo is a rice dish with eggplant, onion, garlic, dry white wine, olive oil, oregano and parsley.

Kedgeree from England – Like many other dishes, the Kedgeree travelled to England from colonial India. It is a curried rice dish with flaky smoked haddock, eggs, parsley and butter or cream.

Dirty Rice from United States – No, there are no literal dirt in the rice. Rather it is rice made dirty by mixing in minced chicken livers or gizzards, ground pork, bacon, peppers and other spices.

Paella from Spain – Paella is more prevalent in the Valencia region of Spain. It is a hearty dish with arborio rice, saffron, chicken, vegetables and seafood like shrimp, mussels and calamari. Paella is considered one of the cherished symbols of Valencia.

Juane from Peru – Traditionally Juane dish originated from the Peruvian jungles, made with chicken, olives, hard boiled eggs and rice that has been seasoned with turmeric, oregano and cumin. The mix is then wrapped in bijao leaves and cooked.

Loco Moco from United States – Loco Moco is more popular in Hawaii than in the mainland United States. It is white rice topped with hamburger, fried egg and brown gravy.

Arroz Doce from Portugal – Arroz Doce is a type of creamy rice pudding flavoured with eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon and lemon.

Jambalaya from United States – It is a one pot dish made with chicken, sausages, crayfish or shrimp and rice. They often add onions, celery and green pepper to it. In Cajun cooking this Jambalaya mix is also known as the “trinity”.

Arroz Con Gandules from Puerto Rico – It is a richly seasoned rice with pigeon peas, carrots, onions, bell peppers, ham or bacon and tomato paste. Many people also tend to add stuffed olives to the dish.

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