Zojirushi makes happy rice and more!
I'm lovin' my new rice maker. I eat a lot of it, so it's more than handy to have a little machine in the corner that does all the work for me while I prepare other edibles.
The first job I gave it didn't even involve rice -- instead couscous was on the menu and I thought I'd see how it would fair with the wee pasta. While stew was brewing in the crockpot, I set up the new cooker with the following:
- 1/2 small onion (finely chopped)
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 2 rice maker cups of couscous
- 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tbsp dried parsley or 2 basil leaves
- Fry the onion in the oil until translucent.
- Add the dry couscous and fry with the onion for a couple of minutes.
- Add all the ingredients into the rice cooker and use the "white rice" or "basic" setting. The cooker should set itself for about 20 minutes.
- When the cooker is done, stir the couscous with a rice paddle and serve.
And it turned out great! Perfectly done in fact. And by then my Moroccan beef stew had been bubbling away for about 8 hours. It melted on the fork and was delicious. Partnering the stew with the couscous made for a great hearty Saturday evening meal. Yum.
Now back to the rice cooker... After loading everything into its belly, I pushed the cook button. It responded with a little robot version of "Twinkle, twinkle, little star". :) How very cool -- my rice cooker sings when it starts and plays another little ditty when it's done. So much nicer than the dryer's buzz or the microwave's piercing beep. Those machines could take a lesson from this new Japanese addition to the kitchen.