How to Cook Rice
Learning how to cook rice is not just a money saving exercise it will also provide you with the basis for making many more dishes with which rice can be a suitable accompaniment. Are you one of those people whom opts for the Uncle Bens boiled in the bag option? How do you find that over swelled, bouncing rice?
Once you have mastered how to cook rice it will be the last time you buy boil in the bag!
Home cooked boiled rice is such a simple thing to do and one small bag of basmati rice (my personal favorite) will serve many portions thereby saving you considerable amounts over the costly pre prepared rice dishes.
So, without any further ado, lets understand how to cook rice, it really is simple;
How to Cook Rice Ingredients (serves 4)
- 1/2 pint of Basmati rice (measure it in a measuring jug)
- 1 pint of boiling water slightly salted (add a pinch)
- 2 tablespoons of groundnut oil (or any oil is fine groundnut is best)
You will need some form of saucepan or cooking pot which is able to be placed on the stove top. It needs to have a tight fitting lid. I use a large frying pan sized pan which has a nice snug fitting lid.
- Place the pan on the stove and add the oil and bring up to a high heat.
- Coat the pan with the oil by tilting gently and then add the Basmati rice.
- Stir the rice so that ALL of the rice is coated in the hot oil.
- The pan will be very hot now so carefully pour in the boiling water (it will sizzle so be careful)
- Give the rice/water mixture ONE stir ensuring that all the rice is submerged.
- Fit on the lid and turn the heat down to its lowest setting (simmer)
- Set your timer for 15 minutes.
Once the 15 minutes is elapsed remove from the heat, lift the lid and stir. You rice should be moist with just a little juice left at the bottom.
Top Tip – get a clean tea towel and place across the top of the pan tightly (so that it does not touch the rice) and replace the lid over the top of the towel leaving for 5 Min’s. This will help absorb some of the steam and will make your rice really fluffy and light.
And there you have it – light, soft and delicious rice! Now, I told you that learning how to cook rice was simple didn’t I!