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How to Cook Rice in 6 Simple Steps

How to Cook Rice in 6 Simple Step

Cooking rice may seem like the easiest task but for some it may be quite daunting since the rice turns out to be sticky and gooey.

The quality of rice and the way it is cooked also plays an important role in making it perfectly fluffy and easy to consume.

Most Asians use rice as a staple in their diet and are a pro when it comes to cooking rice.

The most important thing to consider while cooking rice is choosing the right kind of rice. Selecting good quality rice involves practice over a period of time.

Next comes the utensils. These days it is easier to cook rice in an electric cooker as it is less time consuming and quicker. However, a pressure cooker will also do the job and easy to handle.

Approximate cooking times for different kinds of rice:

  • Long-grain white rice—1 cup rice to 2 cups water

  • Japanese sushi rice—1 cup rice to 1 1/4 cups water

  • Brown rice (long-grain and short-grain)—1 cup rice to 2 1/2 cups water

  • Wild rice—1 cup rice to 4 cups water

  • Red rice—1 cup rice to 1 3/4 cups water

  • Jasmine rice—1 cup rice to 2 cups water

  • Black rice—1 cup rice to 2 cups water

Here’s how you cook rice in 6 simple steps:

What you need

1 cup rice

2 cups water

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon oil (to make it more fluffy and grainy)

If you are cooking on the stove stop on direct heat, you will need a saucepan or a thick bottomed utensil and a lid.

 utensil and a lid - How to Cook Rice in 6 Simple Steps

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If you’re using an electric cooker then you needn’t worry much.

How to Cook Rice in 6 Simple Steps

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How to cook rice:

  1. 1. Rinse the rice:

Rinsing your rice before cooking is important as it helps to get rid of dust and starch. Rinse it in clean water for about 2-3 times and drain the water.

2. Measure the Rice and Water:

This is the most important part and if the ratio is uneven the rice tends to be either too grainy or sticky. Always use a ratio of 1:2, that is,  for one cup of rice you use two cups of water. The same applies to any measure of rice you’re cooking.

Yet another easy way to measure the water is to dip your hand in the pot and see if the water level is up to the second line in your fingers. That’s how all the pros do it.

 This may not be advisable to people who are cooking rice for the first couple of times.  Once you get the hang of it, you may try this method.

Some rice varieties will need a little less or a little more water as it cooks, so check the package for specific instructions.

3. Boil the water:

Bring the water to boil in a medium sized sauce pan and bring the flame to medium low when it starts boiling.

4. Add the Rice:

Now add the rinsed rice and oil, and bring the flame to low for a little while.

5. Cover the pot and wait for the rice to cook.

Make sure you don’t take off the lid while the rice is cooking — this lets the steam out and affects the cooking time.

6. When the rice is done

The water in the pot will stop spilling out and it starts letting out the steam. Turn off the heat and take off the lid. Fluff the rice with a spoon or a fork, and spread it on a plate or a wide bottomed container for the rice to dry out.

NOTE: You can also soak the rice in water for 20-30 minutes after rinsing. This helps the rice to absorb less water and cooks faster.

If you are cooking it in a pressure cooker, all the measurements remain the same. Just let it whistle 3 times and turn off the stove. Open the lid once the sizzling sound has stopped coming when you lift the whistle.

An electric cooker can auto indicate that the rice is cooked when the lights turn off.

 pressure cooker - How to Cook Rice

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To cook rice in a microwave, use a microwave safe bowl and follow the same procedure. Microwave on high for 9 minutes. Let it sit for 3 minutes undisturbed to finish cooking. ( It would be better to soak rice for 20 minutes before cooking in the microwave.)

As simple as that! Cooking rice couldn’t be easier than this.

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