How to Cook Rice the Right Way
Rice is a staple food in households around the world. It is very simple to prepare. In spite of how easy it is to cook, many people think that they just aren’t meant to cook rice or cook anything. It takes less time to learn how to cook rice than it does to take a bus to the next bus stop.
Once you learn how to cook rice, you’ll feel a sense of achievement because you’ll know how to feed yourself. Learning how to cook rice guarantees that you’ll never go hungry again. If you’ve made rice before but it has come out as a clumpy or sticky mess, worry not. If you follow these instructions, you’ll be a pro in no time.
When it comes to making rice, there are only two rules that you need to remember.
- Measure rice by volume. This makes it easier to judge how much water you should add.
- Don’t ever stir rice while it’s cooking. Stirring rice makes it break up and become sticky. Two things you definitely don’t want to happen. Some recipes call for either a spoonful of oil or a knob of butter so that the grains separate properly before you begin cooking them.
Let’s have a look at how to cook rice (basmati rice)
You will need –
- 1 cup basmati rice per serving (alternatively you can weigh 75g per person)
- A knob of butter or ½ tbsp oil (this is optional)
1. Begin by measuring the rice with a cup and leveling the top. Another way of going about it is by weighing the servings you want in a jug and making a note of the level of the liquid it comes up to.
2. If you have some time soak the rice in cold water for 30 minutes at least. If you’re in a hurry, a quick but thorough rinse in cold water will do. You must rinse the rice until the water is clear.
3. Next, set a pan at low heat and pour all of the rice into the pan. If you’ve decided to use butter or oil, now’s the time to use it. Stir the butter or oil so that it coats the rice grains.
4. Continue by adding approximately double the amount of water when compared to your serving of rice (Ex – 150ml of water for a 75g serving). You can add some salt if you’re the daring kind. If you’d like to cook the rice even faster, add boiling water instead of water which is room temperature.
5. Make sure the rice is well distributed by stirring it once. Bring the rice to a boil at this stage.
6. The hard part is over, all you have to do now is to put a lid on the pan and turn the heat down to as low as it will go. Cooking rice with too much heat is a big no-no because the rice ends up cooking too quickly resulting in a chalky center which nobody likes.
7. Continue cooking it for about 10 minutes. Remember that you mustn’t take the lid off. After the 10 minutes are up, check to see if the rice is cooked by trying a little bit, say a grain. If the rice hasn’t cooked yet, don’t worry and continue cooking it for a couple more minutes. Turn the heat off after a few minutes because you don’t want to overcook the rice.
8. Your rice is now ready to eat. Fluff it with a fork and serve it immediately because it tastes delicious if you eat it right after it's cooked.
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