The Art of Making Perfect Rice
Simple Rice Dish
There are many rice steamers on the market that will do a fine job of making rice. However, in the interest of culinary perfection, you may want to cook it yourself. And you may want to make something a little fancier than a basic recipe.
I've been told that my rice is award-winning, and I would like to share my recipes with you.
Simple Rice Recipe
For every cup of white rice you want to make, use:
- 1/2 cup rice;
- 1/4 tsp. salt; and
- 1 cup water
Bring rice mixture to boil on medium-high heat. Stir, then cover with a lid and turn heat to low. Cook for 20 minutes.
- Tip #1: If you are cooking rice before leaving home for a later meal, you can cook for 5-10 minutes, then turn off the heat. DO NOT move the rice or raise the lid once you turn off the heat. This will ensure your rice finishes cooking after the heat is turned off. This works best with an electric or smoothtop stove because the burner continues to stay warm for a few minutes after it is turned off.
- Tip #2: For rice you'll get compliments on, use REAL (not instant) rice. The best varieties that everyone loves are fragrant rices - basmati, jasmine, or jasmati, etc. Your house will smell wonderful when you cook these rices.
- Tip #3: For a beautiful presentation, place rice in a ring on a large plate, filled in the center with a colorful vegetable. The easiest way to make a ring is to turn a bowl upside down in the center of the plate and spoon rice all around. When finished, remove the bowl and spoon desired "filling" in the center - vegetables, beans, stewed meat, etc.
Rice with Angel Hair or Risotto
You can make a simple rice dish with the addition of angel hair pasta or risotto. The difference between a rice with angel hair or risotto and the simple recipe (above) is all in how you begin.
Begin by taking angel hair pasta and breaking it into small pieces or by taking risotto and adding it to your skillet. Saute the pasta for two to three minutes over low heat with a little butter or olive oil, stirring constantly. When the pasta begins to turn a tad golden, add your rice and continue to saute, again stirring constantly, until the rice turns white.
Then, take your pasta and rice mixture and cook, following the simple rice recipe above. The sauteeing dextrinizes the grains of rice, which adds a wonderful flavor and, as a bonus, makes it more digestible.