How to Cook Rice Flakes

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Rice flakes, a popular South Asian breakfast dish, are faster and easier to prepare than your typical rice grain. The grains have been boiled, rolled flat and dried, but like their non-flattened counterparts, rice flakes can be quite bland when cooked on their own. Add classic Indian seasonings like turmeric, curry and mustard seed to the mix to give your flakes a flavor boost that hearkens back to the dish's origins.

Step 1

Place the rice flakes in a colander and wash under cool water for about 1 minute. Set the colander aside and allow the flakes to dry for a few minutes.

Step 2

Add 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil to a pan per 1/2 cup of rice flakes, and heat on medium.

Step 3

Pour the rice flakes into the pan after about a minute of preheating. The flakes should be almost fully dry before adding them to the pan.

Step 4

Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste over the flakes, along with other seasonings you enjoy with rice; dried mustard seed, turmeric powder and other Indian spices are popular choices for rice flake dishes.

Step 5

Stir the rice flakes and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the flakes are tender. Stir constantly to avoid the flakes sticking to the pan. Serve immediately.