Master These 6 Recipes And Call Yourself A Rice Pro

We love rice...from our local takeout place. Whenever we try to make it at home, it's either totally burnt, waterlogged, or, for lack of a better word, coagulated. Luckily, Foodiversity: Rice 101 is here to help. Ahead, we'll explain how to cook perfect rice every time (without any complicated measurements), and provide five easy recipes ranging from comfort food staples to takeout favorites to delicious desserts.

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Photographed by Eric Helgas; Food styled by Ali Nardi.
Doughnuts are among our favorite desserts, but making them at home can be a total disaster, especially if there's yeast involved. That's where these doable (and delicious!) rice fritters come in. They're kind of like extra-crispy doughnuts or fried rice pudding. And, if you've never fried something before, this straightforward recipe is a great place to start.

Calas (New Orleans Rice Fritters)
Makes 8 fritters

1/3 cup all-purpose white flour
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch salt
1 egg
3/4 cooked long grain or short grain white rice
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Peanut oil for frying
Powdered sugar for dusting

1. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.

2. Add the egg, rice, and vanilla, and stir until well combined.

3. Heat a cast iron or enameled cast iron pot or skillet with 1 to 2 inches of oil.

4. When the oil reaches 360ºF, or a wooden chopstick dipped in the oil bubbles steadily, dip a tablespoon into the oil. (Wear mitts to protect yourself from spatters.) Use the oiled tablespoon to scoop out a spoonful of the batter and carefully slide the batter into the oil. Repeat until all the batter is used.

5. Fry the fritters for 2 minutes, flipping them over after about a minute with a spoon so they cook evenly. Scoop them out of the oil using a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving. Serve warm.