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Rice isn’t supposed to be tough, chewy or soggy – learn how to make rice light and fluffy.


Rice Cooking


Regardless of what you might think from your childhood, rice does not have to be a boring dish. Part of the staple diet for almost half the world's population, rice is a significant part of almost every cuisine. There are lots of different types of rice and slightly different cooking methods for each. Experiment with different varieties to find the one that suits your tastes.

Guide to Cooking Rice


All you need is rice, water, and a heavy sauce pan with a flat bottom and a tight fitting lid.

Basmati Rice

  • 1 cup rice

  • 2 ½ cups water

  • 20 minutes simmering time

  • 3 cups yield


Brown Rice

  • 1 cup rice

  • 2 cups water

  • 45 minutes simmering time

  • 3 cups yield


White Rice

  • 1 cup rice

  • 2 cups water

  • 20 minutes simmering time

  • 3 cups yield


Making it Right


Pour the water into the saucepan and bring it to boil over medium high heat.

Once the water is at a boil, slowly add rice into the sauce pan. Bring back up to a boil at medium high. Then reduce heat to low. Using a heavy bottom sauce pan is important here. If your pan is made of thin metal, the rice at the bottom will burn while the grains at the top may remain uncooked.

Cover the pan with a tight lid and let it simmer for the set amount of time. The tight lid will keep in the steam, cooking your rice evenly. Resist the urge to lift the lid and peep at the rice until the simmer time is up. Once the set time is up, turn off the heat. No, I’m sorry, you still can’t lift the lid!

Let the rice stand for about 10 minutes. These ten minutes gives the rice some time to finish cooking and absorb all the water so you won’t get wet grains at the bottom and dry grains on the top. Now, you can finally lift that lid and admire your perfectly cooked rice. Grab a fork, fluff the rice and serve it warm.

Does Rice Need Rinsing?


Some recipes recommend rinsing rice before cooking in order to wash off excess starch. It doesn’t really make a difference. The real quality comes from the cooking method.

What About Toasting?


Toasting involves cooking the rice in the pan for a few minutes before boiling in water. This technique is used to add some extra flavor to the rice. You can experiment with this if you like, but it isn’t necessary for your basic rice to be served with a sauce or as a side dish.

Rice Recipes


Now that you’ve mastered how to make rice, you're ready to serve it with whatever you choose. Here are some of our favorite interpretations of rice recipes that shows the international popularity of this little grain:

Here's the basic recipe to make white rice:

 

What do you serve with your rice? Leave a comment and let us know!

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