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How to Cook Rice Without a Rice Cooker

Updated on August 26, 2011

How to Not Punch Your Boyfriend: Or How I Learned to Embrace "The Right Way" to Make Rice

Recently my boyfriend and I were fooling around on the bed and as things started to get more heated; he did the unthinkable. He stopped and told me that he had to go “man the rice”. I said “WHAT???” and was left there half naked in bed stunned, wondering what the **** could be so important about cooking rice that it couldn’t just let it sit on the stove a bit. I mean come on, a woman has needs too and it’s just rice for Christ’s sake. When my boyfriend returned and found me kind of pissed (as I should be), and most importantly confused (never have I felt jealous of a pot of rice before), I looked at him and sarcastically said “RICE???”

Since then I have come to realize that when your boyfriend is Japanese, you do not **** with a Japanese man’s rice. And so this is how I came to find out that there are proper ways to cook rice and that if you are one of those people who don’t own a rice cooker, knowing how to cook rice stove top the best way can make it seem like you’re eating that perfect sticky white rice from an Asian restaurant anytime.

The Simple Rules For Cooking Rice

To begin, make sure you have a big cooking pot and lid; that is pretty much all you need.

Choosing what kind of rice is also highly important. Here you want to opt for buying long grain sticky rice (the same thing as sushi rice) which can usually be found at your local grocery store or Asian Market.

The next steps are crucial. If you miss calculate the ratio of water to rice; the whole operation is botched.

You will need one part rice for every two parts of water. Generally speaking for a big pot of rice, you will be using three cups of rice and thus six cups of water. The math is simple: just double the water for every cup of rice you use. A measuring cup is required to make sure the quantities are exact. Don’t try to just “eye it out”, this usually results in either overly wet or overly dry rice.

With your rice and water mixture ready, set your stove top on high and let it get to a boiling point. Once boiling, remove the lid and let the water start to evaporate. When the water has evaporated to the point where it is just above the rice, place the lid back on and turn the stove down to the lowest setting. Set a timer for 30 minutes and your rice will be perfect and ready to serve.

Delicious Rice :)
Delicious Rice :)

Support For Rice Cookers

For those of you without rice cookers, you will now be able to impress even you most rice-picky friends with how great your rice is. But honestly, to avoid having to question your sex life because of rice, I suggest next time you opt for that rice cooker you’ve been waiting to get.


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    • Obsidian Drift profile image

      Obsidian Drift 6 years ago from River City

      Thanks for sharing your story. I find the method you left a comment about interesting, there are so many things that get passed down to us as we grow up. I always love learning about other people's experiences :)

    • Thelma Alberts profile image

      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      Very funny. I learned cooking rice with an age of 8 or 9 and without any measuring cup for the water. My mother taught me how to measure the water with the use of my middle finger. If it´s only a cup of rice, I measure it with my middle finger by putting my middle finger above the rice on the pot and put water until the first line of my finger. Of course a use rice cooker when it´s for a dozen of guests. Thanks for sharing. Welcome to HubPages.