2023 was a delicious journey of culinary delights. In the ever-evolving world of gastronomy, the year was filled with exciting new flavors and dining experiences. Mahatma® Rice takes you through the most loved recipes of the year. With such a versatile array of recipes, there’s no limit to the delicious meals you can create. Whether you’re cooking for a weeknight dinner, a special occasion, or simply looking to explore new flavors, the most loved recipes of 2023 will not disappoint. We hope to inspire and ignite your passion for all things food-related as we reflect on the best recipes of the year,and we look forward to all the new food delights in 2024.

Mouthwatering Trends of 2023 

Island Flavors

2023 was a year of island flavors, and some of our top recipes fall in line with that theme. Juicy pineapples, creamy coconuts, and zesty citrus fruits immediately spring to mind when we think of these flavors. These tropical treats give any dish a refreshing twist. In addition to fruits, you’re able to savor the distinct ingredients and colorful spices that characterize island cooking.

Our Sticky Rice with Mango is a perfect example of an island treat. A delicious dessert made with our fragrant Jasmine White Rice that is historically enjoyed in places like Thailand and Laos. This dish can be ordered as a full meal with an entree from both street vendors and restaurants, or it can be served with mango for dessert. It’s called sticky rice because, traditionally, you eat the rice with your fingers.

Another delicious dish made with our Jasmine Thai rice is this flavorful and very simple-to-make Cilantro Lime Rice. It’s great as an entrée or side dish for lunch or dinner. You’ll immediately move this dish to the top of your list for those days when you need to whip up something quick and delicious. You’re sure to already have all of the ingredients you need in your kitchen, including: olive oil, lime, and cilantro. Reheat a double batch to make things faster and easier over the week.

Cilantro-Lime-Rice with jasmine rice
Cilantro Lime Rice

And last but not least this classic Easy Coconut Rice Pudding recipe should be on your normal rotating dessert menu. #Playwithyourfood and add fresh in season fruits like pineapple, banana or mango!

Jasmine Rice Recipes

Mahatma® Rice has several recipes to choose from when it comes to this delicious, fragrant, and fluffy rice. Our Puffed Rice recipe was one of our most popular recipes of 2023, and we are not surprised! Puffed, or Popped Rice is a childhood classic. #Playwithyourfood and explore all the different ways this classic can be extra special for breakfast, meal garnish, or dessert! 

Empanadas are also a favorite at any table, and our Cheesy Beef and Rice Empanadas came in at the top searched recipes of 2023 for a reason. These hand-held pastries, which come with spices, veggies, ground beef, and Mahatma® Jasmine Rice, can be eaten as a meal on their own to keep you feeling content and full. These appetizing morsels can be packed for a satisfying midday meal, used as an easy party appetizer, or finger food for get-togethers and backyard barbecues. Get creative with your sauces and use things like fresh salsa or pico de gallo, avocado or guacamole, chimichurri, Mexican crema, or traditional sour cream. 

Cheesy Beef and Rice Empanadas

About Jasmine Rice 

Because of its fluffy texture and fragrant, somewhat sweet flavor, Thai jasmine rice is frequently used in Asian cuisines, including Thai, Indian, and Cambodian. However, you can use Mahatma® Rice anywhere traditional white rice is used, whether you’re making fried rice, rice salad, chicken and rice, Thai or Indian curry, or any other Asian-inspired dish.

Differences Between Basmati and Jasmine Rice

Both basmati and jasmine rice are long-grain aromatic rice varieties; however, basmati rice cooks more slowly and has a larger cooking grain. Thai jasmine is ideal for recipes like Thai sticky rice with mango because it cooks with a soft, slightly sticky texture and has a mild buttery scent. The sweet and flowery aroma of basmati rice cooks to a fluffy and somewhat separated texture.

Jasmine Rice in the Instant Pot

Mahatma® Jasmine Rice can be prepared in an instant pot. This tried-and-true method yields consistently fluffy rice. To use an instant pot, just add rice, water, and salt. Heat the pot at high pressure for a few minutes, then reduce the heat to natural release until the rice has absorbed the water. Before taking the rice out of your instant pot, make sure it is fully vented.

#PlayWithYourFood and Jasmine Rice

There are several ways to intensify the flavor of Mahatma® Jasmine Rice, which already has a fragrant taste. For a quick and easy method to flavor your rice, try adding some butter or olive oil while it’s heating.

Additionally, you might try mixing in some chopped veggies, like carrots or peas, to give your jasmine rice a pop of color. This is also a terrific way to include extra greens in your meals. Also, it is not necessary to soak jasmine rice, as it’s already naturally soft.

Delicious Dinner Ideas: Innovative Recipes to Try

2023 was a year of creativity with bold and satisfying flavors. Our Mexican Rice with Shrimp is the epitome of this combination. With tastes ranging from hot jalapeño peppers, fresh cilantro, juicy shrimp, jasmine rice, quinoa, and a vibrant vegetable combination, this one-pot wonder is a culinary marvel. A delicious, filling dinner that comes together in no time.

Another delicious dinner recipe that everyone will love is our Easy Chicken Tikka Masala with Basmati Rice. It’s no wonder this recipe was chosen as a 2023 favorite! Ready in only 35 minutes, it will soon become a family favorite! 

Chicken Tikka Masala with Basmati Rice
Chicken Tikka Masala

With its creamy coconut milk and a variety of spices like ginger, paprika, curry, and garam masala, this straightforward recipe is perfect. Since every bite of the aromatic basmati rice takes in the full flavor of the creamy sauce, it is the ideal combination.

This dish is a fantastic way to use leftover chicken or store-bought rotisserie chicken because it calls for precooked chicken. It can even serve as a delicious way to finish off any leftover turkey from Thanksgiving or other holidays.

Delectable Baking Recipes: Sweet Treats for Every Occasion

No meal is complete without something sweet! In 2023, our Atole de Arroz was one of the most searched-for recipes. Have you tried it yet?

Atole de Arroz

Our Strawberry Churro Rice Pudding is also a favorite of 2023!

2024 Food Trend Predictions

It will be hard to top 2023’s culinary marvels, but let’s take a look at some of the top food predictions for 2024.

  • Cacao: These seeds can be transformed into so much more than chocolate! Think of cacao water or dried cacao. 
  • Buckwheat: It’s rich in fiber and can be a great addition to your cupboard!
  • Swicy Recipes: Foods made with your favorite sweet and spicy combo.
  • New Coffee Blends: Did you know that mushroom coffee was a thing?

For more inspiring recipe ideas, don’t forget to check out our recipe page.

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