From NuPasta to Miracle noodles, Shirataki products provide the option to snack on your favorite carby treats without the carbs. Shirataki, or Konjac, noodles are made from a fiber found in the Southeast Asian Konjac plant. The plant is low in fat and sugar, making it possible to feast on spaghetti, ramen, and mac n' cheese without the added guilt.
Since the discovery of the Konjac plant in Western cooking, there have been a variety of low calorie creations. One of the things we miss most about the Keto lifestyle is foregoing rice. Today, we tested Liviva's Shirataki rice, and we want to share our findings with you.
Nothing But the Truth About Shirataki Rice
Before we get into the best ways to cook Shirataki rice, we want to be transparent in our experience with it. Many people report Konjac products to give off a fishy smell and aftertaste. Once the rice was cooked, we found no unusual odors or flavours. The rice smelled like the spices we cooked it in, and had a salty, but otherwise bland taste.
The texture of this Shirataki rice was different from real rice, but difficult to describe. We thought it had a bit of a tapioca bite to it. It was almost bouncy, but not necessarily chewy.
We served the Konjac rice as a side with a Keto pork curry, and while it looked the part, it certainly couldn't hold a candle to the real thing. The tiny pieces of Shirataki got lost in the dish, and it felt more like a sesame seed coating than a bed of fluffy rice.
Should You Try It?
This is really subjective, because everybody's tastes are different. Liviva's Konjac rice delivered as a rice substitute, and had no strong odor or aftertaste. However, it got lost in the dish, and left us wondering if it was worth the trouble of cooking it.
Personally, we would likely never add this product to a curry dish again, but we would try it in another recipe. The rice costs roughly $4.50 CAD a pop, and comes in a 400g bag. Keep in mind, these bits and pieces do not expand in water like rice grains. So, you get what you see.
So, should you try it? Sure, you should! One of the best things about Keto is creating your own unique recipes so you can enjoy your food while you meet your Keto goals.
Cooking Shirataki Rice Red Hot Keto Style
Step One: To start the cooking process, we rinsed the rice to within an inch of it's life. This is mainly due to the smell of the liquid it's stored in. Once clean, it goes into a pan on medium heat.
Step Two: If your Shirataki product comes in liquid, chances are, it will be incredibly wet. This means cooking all that excess liquid out before you put it into whatever recipe you have planned for it.
Step Three: We decided to spice our Konjac rice as it cooked. We used cumin seeds, curry flavoured sea salt, and ground coriander. This brought out those spicy scents you expect when cooking Indian food.
Step Four: We've heard from different sources to cook Shirataki products until they squeak, but this was mainly been regarding noodles. The rice didn't squeak, but we could tell it was ready to eat by how dry it started to look.
Step Five: Once your rice is ready to roll, it's time to cook your main dish. We chose pork curry, and added celery for texture and flavor. Many curry dishes call for yogurt, but we opted for heavy cream to reduce the carb count.
More Red Hot Keto Cooking
We would love to hear about your own Keto cooking experiences. If you've tried Liviva Konjac rice, or other Shirataki products, let us know! If you'd like our Keto curry recipe, or have a request for any other Keto recipes, we're happy to share; let us know in the comment section.