Hi Everyone! I know you are wondering which is better between Arborio rice vs. white rice. Well, better sit back and read this post for we will have a delicious battle ahead.
Arborio Rice vs. White Rice
Arborio as we know came from Italy and is a perfect grain for making risotto. Its short-grain, cream, chewy and starchy characteristics make it a great rice dish!
White rice can be any grain that has been milled and had the bran, husk, and germ removed. It is soft and fluffy when cooked and is easy to digest.
It has short, medium and long grain variety that can be perfect side dish to any kinds of food. Short-grain white rice is also a good substitute for risotto and sushi rice while Arborio rice is often mistaken as orzo pasta.
However, in between Arborio rice vs. white rice, there is not that much to debate with. Each has its own sets of strengths and downsides.
However, let me count the ways on which these two grains standout. Read along to find out.
Arborio rice does not just give us yummy and creamy dishes but also great health benefits.
Arborio rice is soft and easy to digest which is essential for regular bowel movement. It also beats common tummy issues like diarrhea and constipation.
Boosts Immune System
This risotto rice keeps you away from sickness and helps boost your immune system by making sure that all nutrients are properly delivered to all parts of the body. It stimulates all enzyme and hormone production to function at its best.
Arborio contains about 9 grams of protein per serving. This is a perfect diet for those who want to build up muscles.
Rich in Carbs
While some believe that carbohydrates is a red flag to diet, more and more people who are trying to gain weight and muscles believe that carbohydrates play an important role. Arborio rice contains 100-110 grams of carbs, which is a very good amount to flex those arm muscles.
White Rice Goodness
White rice also has all the nutrients we need to keep our bodies strong and free from sickness. It contains vitamins and minerals that are essential for everyday needs.
White rice does not contain harmful glutens that can trigger any allergic reactions. Rice in all forms is naturally gluten-free.
Arsenic is present in the bran layers of the rice so white rice is totally free from this toxin that can harm our bodies.
White rice has mild diuretic properties which increases frequency of urination. It removes retained water in the body and treats different kinds of stomach ailments.
Prevents Tooth Decay
Phytic acid causes tooth decay and white rice does not contain this bad element so it is safe to eat.
Which is Better and Why
Both are better in terms of culinary uses and even nutrition. Arborio rice has a more specific use while white rice can be a great culinary complimentary.
We can say in general that both Arborio and white rice are good choices for those who watch their diet.
Though they cannot surpass the brown rice benefits, both seem to be doing pretty well in aiding digestion.
How to Cook
I highly recommend using a rice cooker in cooking either Arborio rice or white rice. This is because rice cookers have more advantages and benefits especially in today’s fast-paced lifestyles.
You can use any types of Zojirushi rice cooker with multi-function capabilities and MiCom technology.
- Prepare the rice of your choice (Arborio or white rice)
- Wash off to remove dirt
- Place into the rice cooker inner pot
- Add butter or oil and a pinch of salt (optional)
- Measure the correct amount of water according to the cooker instructions. Arborio rice uses the same rice to water ratio. However, you need to check if the grains are cooked after boiling.
- Set the cooking setting according to the grain type and let it cook.
- When the rice cooker turn to its keep warm mode, fluff the rice with fork, let it steam for 10 more minutes and serve warm!
Recipes to Cook With
White Rice (short-long grain)
Chicken and Chorizo Risotto
White rice can be cooked with almost anything. Its versatility makes it a popular choice. We have taught you how to make creamy mushroom risotto on the previous post so today we will show you another great dish made with Arborio rice.
- 6 Chicken Thighs
- 1 Chorizo
- Olive Oil
- 1 Red bell pepper
- 1 & 1/3 cups Arborio Rice
- 2 & 1/2 cups of Chicken Stock (liquid)
- 1/2 cup dry White Wine
- 3 teaspoons dried Oregano
- 400g can diced Tomatoes
- 1 cup Peas
- 1/4 cup fresh chopped Parsley
- Cut the chicken thighs into chunks and fry them on a large sauce pan for about 5-6 minutes or until golden brown. Turn them into sides occasionally.
- Transfer the chicken chunks on a large bowl when cooked.
- Using the same pot, sauté the red bell peppers and the chorizo sausage until brown.
- Pour in the Arborio rice and keep stirring until rice is covered and mixed well.
- Add the dry white wine and mix them for about 2 minutes
- Place the chicken thighs back into the mixture and add the diced tomatoes
- Throw in the dried oregano and pour the chicken stock. Mix well and bring to a boil
- Cover the pot and let it simmer for 20 minutes or until rice is cooked.
- Season with salt and pepper. Add the fresh chopped parsley and peas. Mix well
- Cover the lid back and turn off the heat. Remove the pan from the heat and let it sit for 5 minutes.
Serve with your favorite drinks! You can also refer to this video tutorial on how to make an easy Chicken Chorizo Risotto!
Oh My Rice!
Now that we understood Arborio and white rice deeper, we will have more choices the next time we cook some awesome rice dishes. Rice is not a bad grain all along, we just simply need to find what and which grain works best for our health.
So if you think this post opened your mind, share us your thoughts in the comments below!