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Grains & Legumes

Course Overview

Rice too mushy? Lentils too tough? Quinoa too bitter? This course will turn on your cooking brain and help you understand how to make wholesome grain based dishes that are fluffy, healthful and delicious!

Grains and legumes are the staple of many cultures around the world, and have been for centuries. If you are going to incorporate them in to your diet, best that you know how to make them taste delicious, every time. This course will help lay a foundation for how to cook many popular grains. It will take a deep look at many varieties of rice and how it can be prepared by methods such as steaming, making a pilaf and risotto. Once you learn these methods, we will show you how to use them in a variety of delicious ways.

This course will then discuss how to properly cook various grains and the techniques behind preparing legumes. You will be be able to practice your skills by preparing tasty and healthful recipes.

This course can be taken on demand, at your own pace. Once purchased, you have lifetime access to the course content and instructor support.

Course Objectives

At the end of this course you'll be able to:
  • Learn the basics of making perfect rice
  • Undertstand how to make a pilaf and how to enhance pilaf dishes
  • Learn the risotto method and how to vary the flavors and dishes
  • Learn the basic elements of cooking a variety of grains
  • Understand how to make polenta
  • Learn about legumes and how to prepare and store them

Course Syllabus

Grains & Legumes

This course introduces you to a variety of grains such as rice, polenta and other whole grains and shows you how to cook them perfectly, without fail. Basic rice making, plus a variety of rice variations such as risotto and pilafs are discussed, as well as the food safety issues surrounding grains. Finally, you will learn how to prepare legumes to add protein and flavor to your grain and vegetable dishes.

Lesson 1
Course Orientation

4 tasks | 35 mins

Welcome to the Rouxbe Cooking School! This course will help you understand why knife techniques are critical for skilled cooking, establish your knowledge baseline and learn how you will take your knife skills to the next level.

Lesson 2
Rice Basics

3 tasks | 35 mins

In this lesson, you will learn the basics of cooking rice.

Lesson 3
Cooking Rice | Steaming & Boiling Methods

6 tasks | 2 hrs 5 mins

In this lesson, you will learn to make plain and infused white rice, along with brown rice with a flavorful stock.

Lesson 4
Cooking Rice | Pilaf Method

4 tasks | 1 hr 55 mins

In this lesson, you will apply the pilaf method to cooking rice.

Lesson 5
The Risotto Method

4 tasks | 1 hr 50 mins

This lesson introduces you to the technique of risotto making.

Lesson 6
How to Vary Risotto

3 tasks | 1 hr 25 mins

This lesson builds on the last as it shows you how to vary your risotto dishes.

Lesson 7
How to Cook Grains

5 tasks | 2 hrs 25 mins

In this lesson, you will learn how to shop for and cook whole grains.

Lesson 8
How to Make Polenta

3 tasks | 1 hr 20 mins

You will learn the skill of making delicious polenta in this lesson.

Lesson 9
How to Cook Dried Legumes

6 tasks | 3 hrs 5 mins

In this lesson you will begin to understand how to buy, store, soak, and prepare dried legumes.

Lesson 10
Course Review

3 tasks | 1 hr 45 mins

Finish Line
17 hrs Total Time

The Food You'll Make

Below is a snapshot of real student photos from the course. Once you learn the foundational techniques of cooking, you too can begin to create an endless number of delicious dishes!

This is a collage photo of my in-kitchen pantry and my back-up pantry. I keep extra supplies in the back-up pantry of those stock i... View More

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Practice Recipes

A few of the practice recipes you'll learn in this course.


6,565 students from beginner to advanced have completed this course from 76 countries.