How to Cook Rice Perfectly Every Time?

How to Cook Rice Perfectly Every Time?

Do you end up with undercooked or overcooked, sticky or burnt rice? If yes, then we will show you how to cook rice perfectly every time the simplest way.

Cooking Rice on Stove

You can cook rice on the stove if you have some time to spare until dinner.

Things Needed:

  •      Rice (as per your needs)
  •      Water
  •      Saucepan, preferably with lid
  • Wooden spoon
  • Fork

Steps to Follow:

First and foremost take your rice in a pan and wash it under running water. Fill the saucepan with water and use your hands to rub off the dust over the rice. Throw away the water and fill up the pan again with water. Repeat the rubbing part again. Do not rub it a lot, or else you may end up losing the nutrients in rice.

Quick Tip: You can save the water discarded and use it to starch your cotton clothes naturally.

Now, take your washed rice and pour fresh water in it. For every cup of rice you need about 2 cups of water. Add your rice and water in a large saucepan as the rice will puff up as they cook. Place it on the stove and add 1 to 1½ tablespoon (or according to taste) salt in it.

Allow the water to boil over medium heat. If you are using a lose lid, make sure you leave some gap between the lid and the mouth of the saucepan. Or else the water may boil over. The gap will allow the steam to escape without making a mess of your stove.

The rice should be allowed to simmer for about 18 to 20 minutes, till all the water dries up completely. If you feel the rice is still undone, you can add a little water as per your judgment and allow the rice to cook further.

Once you find your rice is done perfectly, fluff them with a fork to separate the grains.

Quick Tip:You can soak old rice grain for about 30 minutes before you cook them to make them less brittle and prone to breakage. Soaking Basmati rice helps in expanding them to their full length while cooking.

Cooking Rice in a Pressure Cooker

Pressure cooker is a versatile vessel to cook most of your food in a jiffy. When I am in a hurry, I always prefer the pressure cooker to cook my rice and serve it hot with dinner.

Things Needed:

  • Rice (as per your requirement)
  • Water
  • Pressure cooker
  • Salt

Steps to Be Followed

Rinse your rice and place it in the pressure cooker. Add 2 cups of water for 1 cup of Basmati rice or 3 cups of water for normal rice. Tightly close the lid with whistle of the cooker and place it on the stove to cook. You can keep the flame on high and allow it to release 3 whistles. Then, switch off the stove. Wait for about 15 to 20 minutes before opening the lid.

This is all you need to cook rice in stovetop pressure cooker.

Cooking Rice in a Microwave Oven

Yes, it is possible to cook your white, fluffy rice in the microwave oven. Let us see how to cook rice perfectly in a microwave.

Things Needed:

  • Rice (as per your requirement)
  • Water
  • Microwave safe bowl
  • Salt

Steps to Be Followed

Rinse your rise under running water and then place it in a microwave safe dish. Make sure you use a bigger bowl as rice expands. Add two cups of water for 1 cup of rice. Add salt as per taste. Place the dish in the microwave oven, uncovered and place it on high for about 10 minutes. You will see small holes on the top of your cooked rice with most of the water disappeared. This means your rice is ready. If not, you can continue to cook for another 1 minute till the tiny holes appear. In case you find the rice is underdone and the water has evaporated, pour about half a glass of water and continue to cook the rice in the microwave.

Once done, cover the bowl with a microwave-safe lid or plastic wrap. Place it again in the microwave for 4 minutes. After it’s done, place it outside and allow it to stand for about 5 minutes before you dig into it to eat.

This is all about how to cook rice perfectly every time. You can cook it on a stovetop saucepan or a pressure cooker. Microwave cooking of rice is also possible. So, just choose the easiest way possible and cook rice to perfection.

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