How to cook a perfect pot of rice in 2 simple steps
The perfect side dish
The versatility of rice is just one of the key benefits that makes rice such a popular side dish on many tables around the world. In addition to its versatility and amazing taste,rice is an excellent addition to your diet because of its nutritional value. As a low-fat source of carbohydrates,it provides key vitamins,minerals and amino acids that are essential to good health. Although there are several different varieties of rice, which have special cooking instructions of their own, this article focuses on how to prepare and serve BASMATI and AMERICAN LONG AND SHORT grain.Although rice cookers do the work for you of cooking the rice, it creates more of a mess and serving "mushy" rice is a result of using a rice cooker. In order to prepare the perfect pot of rice,it is more beneficial to cook it on the stove, saving you more time to enjoy your meals. Anyone can learn to cook perfect rice in these 3 easy and simple steps.
IMPORTANCE OF PREPARATION:
Even if rice is pre-packaged, it is always in the best interest of you and your family's health to rinse rice throughly to remove any impurities, such as left over starch(and potentiallycancerous talc) which improves the overall taste and quality.
1. Rinse rice thoroughly
Put rice into a plastic Tupperware container ( I add just a pinch of salt in with rice and water to serve as "scratcher" to assist in removing all unwanted impurities) And water into container and shake for about one minute for each time. Repeat until the water is crystal clear.
*Rice: 1 cup water 2 cups of water 3 cups of water
*Water:1-3/4 cups 31/2 cups 5-1/4 cups water
*Yield:3 cups 6 cups rice 9cups rice
*Servings: 4 people 8 people 12 people
* for drier rice, use 1/4 cups less water
* for moister rice use, 1/4 cup more water
COOKING TIP: Soak rice in cold water for approximately 15 minutes to reduce your overall cooking time by 10 minutes.
2. Set stove on high.
Once you have finished rinsing rice off, pour rice into your desired pot and place on the stove.Stir the rice on high for approximately 8 to 10 minutes with a plastic or wooden spoon( metal spoons could scrape the bottom of the pot, causing the pint to chip and black paint chips could end up in your rice). Once you have finished stirring for 10 minutes place the pot top or a small glass plate to cover the rice and let it steam cook the rest of the rice for approximately 5 minutes and SERVE!