The Easiest Way To Make Perfect Rice, Every Time

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Do you always face a problem with cooking rice? Do you end up leaving it raw, or mushy, or worse, burnt?

Well, here's help, because once you know the tips and tricks to cook the perfect, fluffy, and aromatic rice, it's easy as pie.

Or should we say, it's easier than pie because it truly is. All you need is your favorite kind of rice, a few essentials like oil and salt, and the perfect cooking medium.

So here's how to make the perfect rice...

Cooking Rice In A Microwave

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Yes, you can zap rice in the microwave and get an aromatic and fluffy side dish in a jiffy.

All you need is a glass dish, preferably a deep bowl, so that the water does not boil and tip over from the sides.

Measure your rice and rinse it with water a couple of times. Put the wet rice in the cooking bowl and add exactly double the amount of water. For a cup of rice, you need two cups of water.

Add a dash of oil, a pinch of salt, and zap on high for 15-20 minutes, depending on the quantity. Leave it cool in the microwave and voila, the perfect rice.

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Using An Instant Pot

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The Instant Pot has made our lives in the kitchen a lot easier than before, and it can also make you the perfect rice.

All you need is to first rinse out your kind of rice. You could try a cup of jasmine rice for the ultimate flavor.

Once the water runs clear, add the rice and one cup of water to the Instant Pot.

Close the vent and pressure cook on high for three minutes and then release the valve, letting the steam dissipate.

After 10 minutes, fully vent the pot and open, to find perfectly cooked rice.

Cooking On The Stovetop

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You can also choose to cook rice on a stovetop, in any pot that can fit the rice and water with enough room to spare.

In this method, once you rinse and add the rice, you do not need to measure the water.

The idea is to boil the rice in water and once it's cooked, drain the remaining water out.

While some claim this drains the rice of the nutrients it has, others say this method reduces the calories in rice.

But you will have to check the rice after 10 minutes or so on medium flame, lest it turns into mush.

Tips & Tricks To Perfect Rice

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Calories apart, rice can make for a simple, filling, and an easy side dish to go with curries of any and all kinds.

One trick often used in Asian countries is to soak rice for an hour or two before cooking it. This reduces cooking time and also makes for fluffier rice.

Adding some condiments to rice also enhances its flavor so think salt, garlic, ginger, lemongrass, and all your favorite herbs.

Finally, remember the quality and kind of rice affect cooking as well. Brown rice will take double the time to cook than white.


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