They say that a chef’s fundamental skills are at test when it comes to cooking rice. What might seem like a simple meal side to most of us is a massive deal for culinary experts. Although consumed worldwide, rice is especially famous in the subcontinent and is a must with most meals.
Rice is made in a variety of different ways, and butter makes it all the better. Butter rice has the perfect savory taste and mouthwatering aroma that’s hard to resist. Cooking with butter is a little complicated since butter picks a color and gets brown super quick. But, if one is familiar with the proper technique, there’s nothing like it.
However, if you cannot use any butter, does that mean rice won’t taste as good as usual? Wrong!! You can use any fatty medium, like oils and margarine, to cook the perfect recipe.
There are a couple of alternatives you can use if you cannot find or use butter.
Substitutes For Butter In Rice
1) Olive Oil
Olive oil is one of the safest options. Not only is it dense in nutrients and an extremely healthy option, but it is also easy to cook. Although a tablespoon of olive oil contains more calories than butter, unlike butter it is easy to digest and does not raise cholesterol. Olive oil is widely used not just in cooking but also to dress salads. Some people also consume raw uncooked olive oil.
Now when it comes to cooking rice, olive oil is the perfect option. It neither burns too quickly nor gives the vegetables a darker shade. Olive oil maintains a good flavor and, with the correct quantity of fresh herbs, provides the most delicious aroma.
2) Canola Oil
Canola Oil is used for cooking all around the globe. Although it might not be the healthiest option, It is still a safer option if you don’t feel like experimenting with a new taste. Just make sure you do not overcook the oil; otherwise, it might make your rice greasy, and all clumped up. In case you’ve made that mistake and notice that you’ve overboiled your rice, add a teaspoon of lemon or vinegar to the rice.
3) Coconut Oil
Coconut is a great cooking medium, especially when it comes to delicate recipes which involve boiled rice, keep in mind that this oil has a strong coconut aroma. No matter, what you’re cooking, it will have a coconut-ish flavor, and that might not be appreciated in most if not all recipes. Unfortunately, there’s no way to eliminate that coconut flavor but it won’t be that strong if you’re adding it in little quantity.
Coconut is not a bad option; however, don’t even think about making the blunder of using coconut oil for plain boiled rice unless you want coconut-boiled rice.
4) Sesame Oil
Sesame oil is an excellent option. It is not the best oil for deep frying but is ideal for stir-frying and dressings. Sesame Oil can help you cook the perfect rice.
If you can’t get your hands on any of the oils mentioned earlier, only then use a little margarine. It might not be the best substitute for butter since it picks up flavor quickly, but it will surely do the job. Be careful not to leave your pan too long on the stove.
If you’re cooking mildly flavored rice, you’ll need to sauté a few spices and add in the boiled rice; a teaspoon or two of butter gives it the perfect taste. But if you replace butter with any of the above-mentioned options, chances are you might not even feel any difference.
Cooking Masala rice (Commonly in Indian cuisine) is tricky; you must make sure you don’t overdo it with spices. Since butter has a mild flavor when it comes to contrastingly strong spices, using an alternate oil option won’t be a bad idea.
Lastly, if you’re planning to cook some Vegetable rice, you’ll have to be a little extra careful. Vegetables saute in butter have a lovely tangy palate; if you plan on replacing butter in this recipe, use an extra pinch or two of salt.
It doesn’t matter what recipe or cuisine you want to cook, butter in rice can easily be substituted; you need to know how to do it.