2 Time-Tested Techniques for Perfect Rice Every Time

PPhoebe October 6, 2023 10:37 AM

We've all been there. You prepare a delicious meal, but when it's time to serve the rice, it's either too mushy or undercooked. It's a common kitchen conundrum that can sour a perfectly good meal. But fear not, this guide will discuss two time-tested techniques to cook perfect rice every time: Cooking on Stovetop and Using a Rice Cooker.

Choosing the right type of rice

Before we dive into the techniques, it's important to choose the right type of rice for your meal. Different types of rice require different cooking methods and rice to water ratios. For instance, long-grain rice like Basmati or Jasmine requires less water and shorter cooking time than short-grain rice like Sushi or Arborio.

Here are some common types of rice and their ideal rice to water ratios:

Type of Rice Rice to Water Ratio
Basmati 1:1.5
Jasmine 1:1
Sushi 1:1.2
Arborio 1:3

Remember the golden rule: rinsing rice before cooking removes excess starch and prevents the rice from becoming too sticky.

Technique 1: Cooking rice on the stovetop

Boiling or steaming rice on the stovetop is a traditional technique that's been used for ages. If you want to cook perfect rice on the stovetop, make sure to follow these steps:

  1. Rinse the rice under cold water until the water runs clear.
  2. Add water and rice into a pot. Use the rice to water ratio for the specific type of rice you are cooking.
  3. Bring the water to a boil.
  4. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let it simmer until all the water is absorbed.
  5. Remove from heat and let it sit, covered, for 10 minutes. This will allow the rice to steam and become fluffy.

Technique 2: Using a rice cooker

Using a rice cooker is another time-tested method to achieve perfect rice. It is convenient and nearly foolproof if you follow these steps:

  1. Rinse the rice under cold water until the water runs clear.
  2. Add water and rice into the rice cooker. Use the rice to water ratio for the specific type of rice you are cooking.
  3. Close the rice cooker and turn it on. Let the rice cooker do its job. It will automatically turn off or switch to 'keep warm' mode once all the water is absorbed.
  4. After cooking, let the rice sit for 10 minutes before fluffing it with a fork.

By mastering these two techniques, you can ensure perfect, fluffy rice every time, whether you're cooking a quick weeknight dinner or preparing a feast for a crowd.

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