How to cook rice, perfectly!
Rice is consumed by every single household in the world. Yet, people are scared of cooking rice as they are so convinced they will burn the rice or overcook it until its all gluggy. They resort to buying instant pack rice. STOP Wasting your MONEY! You don’t need to be frightened anymore; I am here to show you how to cook rice perfectly.
Do you need rice cooker?
Cooking rice is quite straightforward for me, you don’t necessary need rice cooker but if you cook rice on a regular basis then you can consider getting a rice cooker. My parents can’t survive without the rice cooker, that’s how useful they find it.
Types of rice:
The amount of water you add to the rice depends on the type of rice you are choosing to cook with. There are white, brown and red and even on white rice, there is a famous Basmati and long grains. Apparently there are 40,000 types of rice to choose from. Gosh, like life isn’t complicated enough.
Let’s keep it simple. I mostly cook with Basmati or long grain (white varieties of rice) for guests and brown basmati when I am cooking for the family. Brown rice tends to have less fat and more fibre than the white rice, so in other words, more healthier. Rice is generally gluten free, so it’s a great news if anyone is intolerant to gluten. You can read more about the process of white rice from brown and the nutritional guideline on this link here.
White rice tends to appeal to more people than brown rice. Brown rice has this slight nutty flavour, which might clash with some dishes; hence I prefer to cook white rice for guests. White rice will compliment pretty much any types of dishes.
Regardless of the type of rice you are cooking with, its important to wash them first until the water runs clear to get rid of starch and dirt.
The water you add to the rice is pretty much has a rule of thumb, one and a half cups of water to one cup of water. I normally add water until the level of the water reached the first line of the middle finger for basmati and about one and a half for brown rice. Its easier for me.
I add salt for taste and small amount of olive oil to stop the rice sticking together and sticking to the pan.
And when the water start to boil, turn the heat down to simmering. Don’t open the lid of the pan. The Steam is important to cook the rice light and fluffy.
The rice is cooked when all the water has been absorbed by the rice.
Perfectly Cooked Rice
Easy steps to show you how to cook rice perfectly.
- 200 g Rice
- 300 ml Water 1.5 time that of rice
- ½ tsp Salt
- 1 tbsp Olive oil
Measure 200 grams of rice.
Wash the rice in cold water to get rid of starch and dust.
Put the rice into the pan and water. Remember, one part rice to one and a half part water. I am using brown basmati rice here so add slightly more water. So about 350ml instead of 300ml of water for white basmati.
Add salt and olive oil.
Put the lid on and bring the water to boil, then turn the heat down to medium or just below medium.
Let it cook for about 10 minutes or until the water is absorbed by the rice fully.
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