What’s not to love about spring? The chill of winter dissipates and we can begin to appreciate the outdoors once again. Walks in the park and weekend trips to the country all become possibilities. What’s more, with spring comes a whole new range of flavors for you to enjoy. Foods like asparagus, beets, leeks, lemons and limes all come into season in spring, bringing new fragrances to our cooking. So, what better way to celebrate spring than by making meals that utilize fresh in season spring produce with fragrant grains like jasmine rice and quinoa? Join Mahatma® Rice as we kickstart spring with exciting jasmine rice and quinoa-inspired recipe ideas that are both delicious and easy to make. 

What Does Jasmine Rice Taste Like?

If you’re new to cooking with jasmine rice, you’ll probably be wondering how it differs from other rice varieties. Jasmine rice is famous for its unique, floral aroma and sweet taste. It’s a long grain rice that comes in two varieties: white or whole grain brown. It has a similarly fluffy texture to basmati and has long been a mainstay of South Asian cuisine. A popular choice in main dishes such as stir-fries, curries, and satays, its sweetness also lends itself to dessert dishes like this Horchata Whipped Ice-Coffee recipe.

Easy Spring Recipes with Jasmine Rice

Good food doesn’t always have to be a time-consuming affair. The beauty of cooking is that there is always a delicious recipe on hand even on busy days when time is of the essence. Here are some neat ways that you can save time in the kitchen without losing out on flavorful meals.

Rice Bowls with Mahatma® Ready to Heat Rice

Rice bowls are a great way to work up a flavorful meal, and fast. One way to make those meals both convenient and full of fragrance, is by cooking with our ready to heat rice range. Ready in 90 seconds, Mahatma® Ready to Heat Jasmine Rice is the perfect option to use in your rice bowl recipes, as this refreshing Mediterranean Rice Bowl demonstrates. Similarly, if you prefer something a little bit spicier, try this Tex Mex Rice Bowl. Made with Cilantro Limón Jasmine Rice it makes for a delicious meal that you can whip up in just 15 minutes!

Easy Air-Fryer Rice Recipe

It’s official, we are living in the age of the air fryer! It’s fair to say that since its invention, it has taken the culinary world by storm. This is probably because it’s a quick and easy way to prepare meals without losing anything in terms of flavor and nutrients. This Spicy Air-Fryer Rice recipe is packed with nutritious ingredients—peas, onions, garlic, eggs, sesame oil—and, best of all, it’s ready in just 20 minutes. So, if you’re having friends over, and want to rustle up something that’s both quick and delicious, this might be just the trick! 

Fragrant Spring Recipes with Quinoa

With the coming of spring comes a whole new world of recipe possibilities. If you’re looking to give your dishes an extra protein boost, then adding quinoa to the mix is the way to go. That’s why Mahatma® Jasmine Rice with Quinoa is a great option for spring cooking. 

Benefits of Cooking with Quinoa

  • Rich in protein and fiber
  • Gluten free
  • Suitable for vegans and Vegetarians
  • Quick preparation time 
  • Mild-flavored and easy to pair with other ingredients

In this recipe for Jasmine Rice and Quinoa Lentil Tabbouleh you’ve got an aromatic, flavorful meal that packs a protein punch. Make this the centerpiece of your next lunch or dinner gathering with friends and watch it fly off the table!

Springtime Snacks-to-Go

Getting to spend more time outdoors is one of the upsides of spring. Having kept your plans indoors throughout winter, it’s time to get out and enjoy a breath of fresh air. These Veggie Jasmine Rice Quinoa Cakes make for the perfect snack to bring on excursions. Easy to store and packed with delicious ingredients, they’re a surefire hit with adults and children alike. Alternatively, if you like your on-the-go snacks to satisfy your sweet tooth, then these Jasmine with Quinoa Hazelnut Dark Chocolate Energy Bites are to die for! In fact, they’re so good you could even make them the profile photo in the group chat for your next outdoor gathering. They’re sure to entice and intrigue in equal measure. 

Whatever way you decide to celebrate the coming of spring, be sure to check in our blog for useful cooking tips and recipe inspiration.

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