How to Cook Perfect Rice

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White rice is a staple in many cuisines around the world, and it’s a versatile ingredient that can be used in a wide range of dishes. Whether you’re making a simple side dish or a complex meal, knowing how to cook white rice properly is essential. Today, we’ll go over the basics of cooking white rice and give you some tips to help you get perfect results every time.

Ingredients:

– 1 cup white rice

– 1.25 cup water

– 1 tbsp butter

– 1 tbsp oil

– 1 tsp salt (optional/to taste)

Instructions:

1. Soak the rice: Place the rice in a bowl then cover with water and let sit for 10 minutes. Using a fine-mesh strainer, rinse it under cold running water for a few minutes. This will help remove excess starch from the rice.

2. Measure the water: For every cup of rice, you’ll need 11/4 cups of water. Measure the water and add it to a saucepan or pot. If using, add the butter, oil and salt

3. Bring to a boil: Place everything into the pot then bring to a boil.

4. Reduce the heat: Once the water starts boiling, reduce the heat to your lowest setting and cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid.

5. Simmer the rice: Let the rice simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until all the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender. Don’t lift the lid or stir the rice during this time, as it will disrupt the cooking process.

6. Fluff the rice: Once the rice is cooked, remove the pot from the heat and let it sit for a few minutes.

Tips for cooking the perfect fluffy rice:

1. Use the right amount of water: The ratio of rice to water is important for getting the right texture and flavour. For every cup of rice, you’ll need 11/4 cups of water. If you use too much water, the rice will be mushy, and if you use too little, it will be dry and undercooked.

2. Soak the rice: Soaking rice before boiling helps speed up the cooking time as it allows the grains to absorb a little water prior to cooking

3. Rinse the rice: Rinsing the rice before cooking helps remove any excess starch and debris from the rice, which can make it sticky or clumpy. Use a fine-mesh strainer and rinse the rice under cold running water for a few minutes.

4. Use a tight-fitting lid: When you cover the pot with a lid, make sure it fits tightly. This will help trap the steam inside the pot, which is essential for cooking the rice properly.

5. Don’t lift the lid or stir the rice: Once you’ve covered the pot with a lid, don’t lift it or stir the rice during the cooking process. This will disrupt the cooking process and can result in unevenly cooked rice.

6. Let the rice rest: Once the rice is cooked, remove the pot from the heat and let it sit for a few minutes. This will help the rice absorb any excess moisture and become fluffy and tender.

7. Use a fork to fluff the rice: When the rice is cooked and rested, use a fork to fluff the rice and separate the grains. This will help prevent the rice from clumping

Some rice packages will come with instructions on how to cook. However, if you buy one that doesn’t have the instructions, these instructions will work great. You can use it for white basmati or jasmine rice. If you are looking for what to pair this rice with, try this Creamy Chickpea Curry, and Easy Creamy Coconut Chicken,  for a complete meal.
While some people prefer their rice plain, I enjoy mine flavoured. Please feel free to exclude the butter, olive oil and salt.

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