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Cooking the Perfect Rice Secret Technique!

Updated on June 7, 2020
Cooked Jasmine Rice
Cooked Jasmine Rice | Source

Whether you are cooking a dish that requires rice or not, knowing how to perfectly cook it can be challenging as the rice may not be the quality you would want.

The secret technique?

For hundreds of years; perhaps even since the dawn of the discovery of Rice itself, the method to cook the rice had relied on ONE part of the FINGER!

Uncooked Jasmine Rice
Uncooked Jasmine Rice | Source

The Middle Finger trick! (That may be a bad name for Westerner)

It's what my parents told me, and also their grandparents, and grand grand parents and so on the ancient line of the families. No matter the amount of rice in the pot, this method is sure to cook it perfectly so that the grains will be light and fluffy.

Simply dip your middle finger into the pot of rice, touching the rice at the tip and then see whether the water level is at the lines between the end of the Distal Phalanx and the start of the Middle Phalanx.

(For those whom are a nerd in anatomy.)

However…. The simple answer is the first line of the middle finger near the tip. (Look below at the picture.)

Middle Finger at the first line
Middle Finger at the first line | Source

*The part circled in the red are what the water levels should be at*

Rice Cooker "Inner Pan" or "Pan."
Rice Cooker "Inner Pan" or "Pan." | Source

Before Cooking:

Add a certain amount of rice to a pot, whether that is the component of an Rice-Cooker called “Pan” or “Inner Pan” by some company.

Then, ADD WATER and SWIRL your entire hand around the pot that contains the rice.

*Dump out any waters left if the COLOR is CLOUDY.

Repeat the step of adding water and rinsing the WATER until EITHER the WATER is CRYSTAL CLEAR or a FEW TIME. (I usually do this for around 5 times.)

Rinsing Rice within a Pot with Water
Rinsing Rice within a Pot with Water | Source


If you do not rinse the rice, there will be a lot of starch remaining and thus the RICE WILL STICK TOGETHER, forming a sort of PASTE.

→ (Clump together instead of a beautiful grain that is fluffy and light.)

After that, just add the water to the appropriate level between the Distal Phalanx and Middle Phalanx OR the FIRST LINE OF THE MIDDLE FINGER NEAR THE TIP.

Just throw the pot on the stove and close the lid to start cooking...

Or… for those whom are using a Rice-Cooker, put the “pot,” “pan,” or “Inner Pan” inside the Rice Cooker and press the “White Rice” button to start cooking.

Aroma Rice Cooker Set
Aroma Rice Cooker Set | Source

And there you have it! An ancient method of cooking rice that had never failed the rice eater for generations and generations.

Amazing Cooked Rice with a Chopstick next to the bowl.
Amazing Cooked Rice with a Chopstick next to the bowl. | Source

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