Vegan Rice Cooker Recipes and Rice Cooker Reviews

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Thanks for visiting my site. If you’re looking for rice cooker recipes then you’re in the right place!

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What do you know about rice?
When I first came to Japan more than 9 years ago, not much was the answer. In the U.K, the only time I was interested in rice was when Chinese or Indian was on offer. The idea of eating rice every day had never crossed my mind.

When I arrived in Japan, my landlord gave me a bunch of stuff which included a Zojirushi rice cooker. At that time, I had no idea that was the #1 brand in the world!

Can you really cook rice?
Japanese friends showed me how to measure and wash the rice before cooking. From eating eating out (a lot) and enjoying Japanese home cooking, I got a few ideas for things I could prepare as one pot rice cooker dishes which inspired me to start experimenting with rice cooker cooking.

After moving apartments a few times, I’ve bought some newer and fancier rice cookers. The one I use just now is the equivalent of the Zojirushi NP-GBC05, which is a Micom + Induction Heating (IH) rice cooker. As far as I’m concerned, this is the best style machine to use. Even though the models with a pressure function are newer (and more expensive), I’m not too impressed with them. I also own a Sanyo ECJ-JG10W which cooks the rice under pressure. It is a decent machine but it doesn’t seem to do a better job of cooking than the regular Micom + IH models.

A book I purchased about rice cooker recipes kind of let me down because lots of the recipes weren’t actually all-in-one recipes at all. There was call for saucepans, frying pans and I was expected to cook! My eureka moment came when I decided that the rice cooker recipes they covered seemed “made up”. I could make my own up…so that’s exactly what I started doing.

Karate Rice contains a number of rice cooker recipes that I love. Even though I do include some non-all-in-one recipes, my main focus is on simplicity. In other words, rice + plants in the rice cooker – press start and that’s it. These are great if you like simple, quick and healthy meals.

Where’s the meat?
In 2011, for health, ethical and environmental reasons, I decided to stop eating animal products and eat a plant strong diet. In other words, a vegan diet. Avoiding animal products isn’t the only goal. The other side of the equation is focusing on whole plant foods. As far as possible, I make all my meals from scratch.

Part of my decision to change my diet came from conversations with Japanese people. Despite the claims that whales are killed for “research”, I’ve seen whale meat in supermarkets in Japan. Perhaps they mean “market research”.

Many Japanese people tell me that eating whale is part of their culture just as eating cows is part of ours. They asked me what the difference was between killing whales and killing cows. Maybe I was expected to say, “Fine, let’s kill them all!”. But it made me realize that if whales suffer as they are hunted down and killed, cows produced for meat suffer throughout their whole life…and then they’re killed. I don’t want to be a part of their suffering. And to be quite honest, plant food can taste pretty damn good!

Every recipe on this site is high in fibre, low in fat and has zero cholesterol. This is real, simple health food!

7 Comments
  1. Hi Andrew!

    I sent an email to you which bounced back, so I wanted to make sure that you knew that the final participant list has been posted on the Virtual Vegan Potluck website. I’d appreciate it if you could take a look at it – my eyes aren’t what they used to be – and also this is where you can see which blog is ahead of yours in the “chain” and which comes after yours. You can find the list here: http://virtualveganpotluck.com/may-2013/

    Also, if you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact me, but you can also look here: http://virtualveganpotluck.com/resources/how-it-works/

    Very glad to have you in the Potluck! See you on Saturday! – Annie

  2. Dear Andrew,

    I would just like to say how much I enjoy your website, especially the rice cooker recipes, they are absolutely brilliant and I have enjoyed cooking many of them!!
    So much so, that on a recent trip to Japan I was lucky enough to find and by one of the rice cookers that you reviewed, namely the Zojirushi NP-VC10.

    I unfortunately made two mistakes that I only discovered on my return back to the UK.
    The first being the voltage, and difficulty getting a transformer to work with such a high wattage that didn’t cost the earth!!
    The second being the Japanese only instructions!! This is the problem that I was wondering if you could help me with.
    I would be very grateful if you could give me a few guidelines on the basic functions of this rice cooker, such as what is the Japanese for white and brown rice and how to select them etc. I know that this cooker has far too many functions to explain them all and I’m sure I wont use them all, but to be able to use the basic stuff would be great.

    Thank you so much in advance for your help, and I very much look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards,

    Josh Lyall

  3. Just picked up a Zojirushi NP-HBC10 Induction Heating System Rice Cooker and Warmer. Look forward to trying out a few of your recipes! And thanks for the reviews…I was unsure about the pressure cooker option but your opinion was enough for me to not second guess my decision to save $300+ dollars.

    I’ll keep you posted on my progress with your recipes.

    Thanks for putting this site together Andrew.

    Komal

  4. I notice you don’t mention soaking rice, at least I didn’t notice on the white and brown rice cooking pages. I use my rice cooker everyday and always soak my rice, always brown rice. Every Asian friend I’ve asked, Japanese, Chinese and Korean, has an opinion about soaking and all of them soak – and rinse of course. Not saying that’s how everyone does it but why no mention of soaking on your site?
    I fancy my Sanyo 3 cupper which worked flawlessly for 14 years. It has a titanium coated super-thick pot that keeps rice nicely warm for about 2.5 days. Past that it drys out a bit. I bought a 3 cup Zojirushi for my partner’s house and haven’t fallen in love with it. It’s just fine but the Sanyo is lovable.
    Anyway, nice site. Arigato

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