Have you ever made blue rice before? Neither have I! So here’s my attempt at making it. The key to having the vibrant blue color is to add a sprinkle of blue Spirulina, which I’ll explain what it is later in this post. Full disclosure, I did not purchase this blue powder from a merchant in planet Neptune – I promise! 🙂
I’ll also be showing you how to make perfectly fluffy white rice – which is a great skill to acquire when in the kitchen! When in doubt, eat that rice – am I right?…. Yes Frank, here’s a cookie. Haha I love me… Okay enough games, let’s get to it!
Just one cup of rice can feed two to three people, it’s perfect to use as a base layer – to then add all of the good stuff to it. There’s so many different types of rice, my all-time favorites are Basmati and Wild rice. Also, you can’t go wrong with a small side of white rice with your meals, the smooth fluffy texture is just impossible to not love! Let me show you how it’s done 🙂
HOW TO MAKE THIS BLUE RICE
The only ingredients you need is water and a type of white rice – simple as that! Oh almost forgot, if you want to make the rice look blue, you’ll need Blue Spirulina! The steps to making this rice are quite simple: you’ll need to rinse the rice, cook it, then let it hangout for a bit for it to get fluffy.
- Rinse the rice. It’s super important to rinse the rice before adding it to the pot. In doing so, this gets rid of the excess starch that’s on the rice which can clump up if you don’t rinse it out.
- Add to the pot. In the pot, add 1 cup of rice and 2 cups of water, then heat it up at medium/high until it starts boiling. While it’s boiling, cover it with a lid.
- Let it cook. After about 10 minutes, reduce the heat to low, then let is simmer for 5 minutes. Check the rice to make sure it has a tender texture and all of the water has been absorbed.
- Turn off heat and let it sit. Once the rice is done, cover it and let it hangout for a few minutes. Then uncover it and scoop it around to create that fluff. It’s now ready to be served!
- Blue Spirulina. Once you fluff up the rice, add 1 to 1.5 teaspoon of blue spirulina, then mix it around until all of the rice turns blue!
Here’s a step-by-step recipe video on how you can make this rice!
WHAT IS BLUE SPIRULINA?
You might be wondering, “what the heck is this blue stuff?” – and I totally get it, this stuff looks like it originates from outer space. But the cool thing is that it actually comes from Earth! Blue Spirulina comes from waterways, specifically alkaline ones, and the algae from which the Spirulina comes from is extracted, which gives it that super bright blue color! Pretty cool right?
If you’re wondering, Blue Spirulina doesn’t have that fishy taste, it honestly has a little creamy taste to it. This stuff also has amazing health benefits, some of them being increased energy, and is rich in vitamins, minerals and has a bunch of antioxidants. This is my all-time favorite super food at the moment! Here at Franksfunkyfood, color is the most important thing – but it must derive from mother nature.
SPICES AND FLAVOR
Here are some tips to enhance that taste!
- Swap the water for chicken or vegetable broth
- Or you can even swap half of the water for coconut milk! (to make coconut rice)
- To make this rice fluffy, make sure to let it sit – off of the heat for 5 minutes. Then scoop it around with a fork! That’s it!
Here’s the printable recipe:
HOW TO MAKE BLUE RICE (FLUFFY & VIBRANT)
- 1 cup white basmati rice
- 2 cup water
- Optional: 1 tsp blue spirulina for that blue look
- Rinse the 1 cup of rice in water to get rid of any excess starch.
- Add rice into a pot. 1 cup of rice equals to 2 cups of water. Bring to boil.
- Cook for 10 minutes on med/high, then on low for 5 minutes.
- Turn off heat and let it sit for 5 extra minutes.
- Remove from heat, serve it in a bowl, and scoop it around with a fork to fluff it up!
- And don't forget to add that 1 tsp of Blue Spirulina (add it to the bowl and mix until rice turns blue). Enjoy!