How to Cook Perfect Rice: a Simple Lifehack
We used to cook rice very often, but there is always something wrong with it. Sometimes it is overcooked, undercooked, then it can be burnt to the bottom of the pot, and sometimes it happens both at the same time. We will tell you what to do so that in the future there will be no problems.
Follow three simple rules:
- add the required amount of water;
- rinse thoroughly;
- give the rice a break before serving.
Required amount of water
Usually, it is recommended to add water in a proportion of 2: 1 (water: rice) for cooking rice. But in this way, your rice can simply drown in the water. Instead, it is better to pour the rice into the pan, take the wand, measure the amount of rice and add the same amount of water. It turns out a slightly different proportion, about 1: 1.
Do you need to wash the rice?
Yes, you need (especially white) and as carefully as possible. The better the rice is washed from the starch, the better. Then the rice will not stick together during cooking.
Why rice needs a rest?
The rice needs it to absorb excess water that could remain in the pan, rather than being digested.
What do you need to cook rice?
- Sieve with fine mesh
- Stewpot or saucepan with lid
- Sticks, skewers, table knife
- Timer or a clock
Follow these steps to cook rice:
- Remember that the rice will be in double size after cooking. Determine how much you will need it.
- If using white rice, rinse it very carefully in a sieve under a stream of cold water. Rinse until the water becomes clear.
- Transfer the rice to the saucepan and measure its quantity. Pour the water of the same quantity in the saucepan.
- If you cook white rice, you can stop at step. If you cook brown or black, add some more water.
- Add a couple of salt pinches, a little butter (cream or vegetable of your choice).
- Cover the saucepan with a lid and bring to a boil over high heat. It takes only 5 minutes.
- Once the rice boils, immediately reduce the heat to a minimum.
- If you are cooking white rice, wait 20 minutes, if brown or black – about 45. For convenience, you can turn on the timer.
- When the time is over, remove the rice from the heat and leave it for 15 minutes under the lid. (Do not remove it to look!) After that, you can “fluff” it with a fork and serve it on the table.