Rice is a staple food in many countries around the world. People in most Asian countries like India, China, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Bangladesh use rice as their main dish, while in Western countries rice is used as a side-dish. In India rice is served with some curry or dal and some side-dishes. Rice is also used to prepare many dishes in which cooked rice is seasoned and flavoured with lemon, tomato, tamarind, curd or coconut. Vegetables can be added while cooking rice to make different one pot meals called Pulao. Biryani is another famous preparation with rice and meat that is made during special occasions. Rice is also made into flour or batter and many dishes are prepared. There are also desserts prepared with rice. The best thing about rice dishes is that it is gluten free and can be safely given to babies or even old people. In fact it is the first food that is given to infants. Even sick people are given simple rice preparations. India is a big country where Rice has a very important role in all regional dishes.