Your Best Rice Dishes

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I asked you to show me your best rice dish for a chance to win a Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy rice cooker, and show me you did. We received entries representing Mexico, Italy, India, Thailand, Korea, Japan, and some that were unique creations. Now comes the hard part. The judges (Bee, Alice, and I) will sp...Your Best Rice Dishes

I asked you to show me your best rice dish for a chance to win a Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy rice cooker, and show me you did. We received entries representing Mexico, Italy, India, Thailand, Korea, Japan, and some that were unique creations.

Now comes the hard part. The judges (Bee, Alice, and I) will spend the next couple days deliberating, and have the tough job of deciding who has the most delicious looking/sounding dish. In the mean time, check out all the amazing entries below.

Update 8.24.2010:

We have a winner! All the entries looked so good it was really tough doling out only 10 points. The first time I added up all my points I'd given out 14! But alas, I wrote the rules, so I had to stick by them, and pare it back to 10 points. There were also two other judges who had 10 points each, for a collective total of 30 points. With 8 points, Emiko from Kitchen M is the winner of the Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy Rice cooker. Congratulations!

A big thanks to my two judges Bee, Alice, and to all of you who sent in an entry. They all sounded marvelous! P.S. if you've posted your recipes anywhere, send me the link and I'll link to it on this page.

Lemongrass Clay Pot-style Brown Rice - 8 pts. WINNER

Your Best Rice Dishes

"A more healthful, accessible Vietnamese Clay Pot-style dish recipe with a Japanese twist made in a rice cooker. Lemongrass makes the brown rice more aromatic by balancing the Chinese sausage and garlic flavors, while daikon sprouts add a hint of spiciness." _-Emiko from Kitchen M

Kabuli Lamb Pulao - 2pts.

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"Kabuli Lamb Pulao, the national dish of Afghanistan, captures the warmth and the generosity of the Afghan people perfectly. It is a basmati rice pulao, fragrant with cinnamon and cumin, served with tender lamb, grated carrots, almonds and plump Sultana raisins. " _-Azmina from Lawyer Loves Lunch

Risotto all'Aragosta {Lobster Risotto} - 3 pts.

"Sexy, luxurious and oh so saucy "lobster risotto"! It's a blanket of creamy spicy goodness, topped off with succulent lobster, simply a feast for the senses." _-Paula from bell'alimento

Rice Nirvana - 1 pt.

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"I don’t want to admit how many times I tried to make this dish with “no recipe” since it’s a little bit rice pudding, a little bit flan, a little bit cheesecake and a whole lot of Rock ‘n Roll (although, my husband loved it even on its first iterations). This decadent desert includes copious amounts of steamed rice (which would have been better cooked in a Zojirushi Neuro Fuzzy rice cooker), crystallized ginger, lemon zest, kissed with ground cardamom, ground coriander seed and nutmeg and topped off with a creamy caramel sauce." _-Cheryl.

Enchilada Casserole.

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"Cook multiple layers of enchilada sauce, tortillas, tofu chunks (or chicken) mixed with assorted vegetables, and shredded cheese for one cycle in a rice cooker. Easy to make, with no need to pre-dip the tortillas-- turn out on a deep plate, garnished with twisted lime slices , lightly toasted tortilla strips and extra chunks of lime to squeeze." _-Tree from Tree Riesener

Down the Hatch Rice - 3.5 pts.

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"Every August, the Hatch Chili Peppers from Hatch, New Mexico arrive in Dallas and so I’ve chosen to feature them with rice for the contest, hoping you’ll appreciate the seasonality and simplicity of my dish. Cooked rice is combined with a sauté of corn and chopped Hatch peppers, then blended with a bay leaf thyme béchamel sauce, stuffed into whole Hatch peppers, baked, and when sliced open, the creamy rice is topped with a few grilled shrimp." _-Becca from FROM 3906

Kimchi Fried Rice.

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"My dish is my favorite comfort food. In another life I must have been Korean. It is Kimchee fried rice. I take rice that has been already made (PLEASE I NEED A RICE COOKER) and stir fry it with pork belly and rice and Kimchee. I then fry an egg and put that on top. You can really add anything that you want to it. It will make you feel happy (YES, english IS my first language)." _-Janis from Bite Me New England

Easy Peasy Boneless Chicken Byriani - 7 pts.

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"The word Byriani scares many of us but I have taken this compex recipe and simplified it, hence the name "easy peasy"." _-Sara from OneTribeGourmet

Thai-style red curry fried rice - 1 pt.

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"...spicy and really tasty with lots of good things a good fried rice should have." _-Limei from LimeCake

Double-Spiced Shrimp with Coconut Rice - 1.5 pts.

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"Garlic and Thai chili marinated shrimp in sriracha-infused coconut milk served with Forbidden rice made with coconut milk and fresh ginger topped with lime zest for a little brightness." _-Courtney from Good Food Hunting

Thai Pineapple Fried Rice - 1 pt.

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"Fried rice with grilled veggies and pineapple; stuffed into a cored out pineapple shell. It has both sweet and savory tastes!" _-Catherine from cat (sing-a) song's blog

Spicy Sobameshi - 1 pt.

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"This dish is a perfect way to use up the last bits of rice that are left over in the rice cooker after a day or two. Rice and fresh yakisoba noodles are stir-fried in a mixture of bacon lardons, chopped kimchi, and beni shoga, then mixed with a sauce made of soy sauce, mirin, and oyster sauce. Each serving of noodles is topped with a fried egg. The creamy yolk tastes delicious with the fried bacon, rice and noodles, the bit of spice from the kimchi, and the vinegary tang from the beni shoga. Comfort food at its best." _-Rachael from La Fuji Mama

Forbidden Rice Bowl with Black Rice and Greens - 1 pt.

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"A sumptuous meal-in-a-bowl, chewy, flavorful black "forbidden" rice is mixed with dark leafy greens, serrano chiles, and a bright citrus dressing. The rice is then topped with either a poached egg or avocado and sprinkled with toasted sesame seeds and nori for a crunchy, chewy, deliciously savory dish." _-Scrumptious S from In My Box

Italian Red Curry Rice

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"I prepared Italian Arborio rice with stock and coconut milk; mixed in red curry paste, sauteed chicken, shrimp, peppers, and Asian veggies; finished with more coconut milk and chopped basil. Yum." _-Lisa from Karma Per Diem

Peppery Rice

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"Its a very simple dish which as the name suggests has rice and and a lot of black pepper in it. Gluten free, Vegan, Vegetarian and perfect for a rice cooker." _-Prerna from IndianSimmer

Sushi.

Your Best Rice Dishes

"Homemade sushi is the best with friends to help prepare ingredients and make the sushi rolls. Then everyone can relax and enjoy!" -Rose.