Cooking rice is one of the most basic kitchen skills, and yet it can be surprisingly tricky to master. Don’t worry if your rice has turned out soggy or sticky in the past, with this step-by-step guide you can cook perfect rice every time.
The first step to perfect rice is to choose the right ingredients. You will need:
- 1 cup of long grain white rice
- 2 cups of water
- 1 tablespoon of oil (optional)
- Salt to taste
Make sure to use long grain white rice as this variety of rice holds its shape and texture best when cooked.
The next step is to rinse the rice. This is an important step as it removes excess starch from the rice which can make it sticky. Place the rice in a fine mesh strainer and rinse it with cold water until the water runs clear.
Soaking Rice (Optional)
The next step is optional, but it will help to make your rice even fluffier and more evenly cooked. Soak the rinsed rice in cold water for 30 minutes. This will give the rice time to absorb additional water and expand.
Once you’ve rinsed and soaked the rice, it’s time to start cooking. To cook the rice, add the rinsed rice, water, oil, and salt to a pot. Bring the water to a boil, then cover the pot and reduce the heat to low. Let the rice simmer for 18 minutes.
Once the 18 minutes of cooking is complete, turn off the heat and let the rice sit for 10 minutes. This will give the rice time to absorb the remaining liquid. Once the 10 minutes are up, use a fork to fluff the rice. This will help to separate the grains and make it even fluffier.
Your rice is now ready to serve. Serve it with your favorite dish, or enjoy it plain with a sprinkle of salt. You can also add herbs, spices, or butter for extra flavor.
Table of data
|Long grain white rice||1 cup|
|Oil (optional)||1 tablespoon|
Cooking rice may seem like a daunting task, but with this step-by-step guide you can cook perfect rice every time. Plus, with the addition of herbs, spices, and butter, you can easily transform plain rice into a flavorful and delicious side dish. So, don’t be scared of cooking rice, just follow these simple instructions and you’ll be a master chef in no time. As the old saying goes, “If you can’t cook rice, you can’t cook anything!”
“Can’t cook rice? Ain’t nothing nice, no need to think twice” – A Song Lyric from ‘Cooking Rice’ by Lil’ Morgan.