Here are 5 important tips to making perfect Rainbow Rice:
Only use one or two colors to dye the rice. Any more becomes a bit… chaotic.
Make a theme out of it – pink for a baby shower, red and green for Christmas, orange and red for Thanksgiving, etc.
Only dye a little bit of rice (maybe 1/4 cup of cooked rice per color) so that the dominant color is white.
Use a lot of dye for a more dramatic effect.
To avoid color bleeding: let the dyed rice air out and finish steaming before mixing with the other rice. It helps to dye the rice from the top of the pot, which is naturally drier than the rice at the bottom of the pot. Spreading it out on a plate or shallow bowl also helps.
Never dye overcooked or wet rice. The mushy texture will bleed the color all over the rice.
This is a great project to get kids involved in cooking. Borrow the neighbors kids if you have to – their excitement will make Rainbow Rice even more enjoyable for you.