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How to cook/make perfect rice

Updated on May 8, 2011

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Plain rice

How to cook perfect rice

Come on admit how many of you are hit and miss when it comes to making rice.Its either too soggy or its stuck together or you just give up and boil it in the bag.

Well follow these easy to follow instructions and you cant go too far wrong,Hey at one time i too had almost given up on cooking rice even though its one of my favorites.I found it easier just to boil some pasta so missed out on the dish i loved so much.

Well the preferred rice i use is a Basmati rice.

Its advisable to just wash the rice before you cook

Well look here we go its as easy as this.

Ist wash your rice with cold water then drain and then repeat this process once again.

One washed spread rice evenly (the amount you require depends on the amount of people you are cooking for.

Now this is the important part fill the saucepan with water to about half an inch or 20 mm above the rice. Whatever the amount of rice just fill the water to the same amount above the rice.

Then add a little salt and then bring to the boil with the lid off the pan and stirring so the rice dose not stick to the bottom of the pan.

When the water has boiled turn the heat down to a very gentle simmer and place the lid on the pan.The idea now is that the rice will now stop boiling and the remaining liquid in the pan will steam the rice.

Leave the Pan for between 10 and 12 minutes then take the pan off the heat and leave the rice to rest for a few minutes.

Then fluff up with a fork and serve your perfect rice piping hot.


If you boil the rice too much just top up a little with a little boiling water from the kettle.

Likewise if you have too much water in the pan then just tip a little out.

Spicing up your Rice

You can add a scotch bonnet or part of it depending on the amount your cooking for a spicy rice (Dont go overboard those scotch bonnets can be really hot).

Or try a litlle garlic and onion (But not too much though)

Next is Coconut rice again this is easy and very tasty and my preference to plain boiled rice.

Secret here is to add coconut milk and water to rice and as before just leave the liquid level just above the rice. Only difference with coconut is to stir it a bit more to ensure the rice dose not burn on the bottom of the Pan.

So now you can make perfect boiled plain rice, Spicy rice,and coconut rice give it a try and let me know how you get on.

I tried it when i was living alone and had my kids round to visit and they loved it.

Cooked rice is a great dish and compliments currys, sauces and stir fries.I like mine with a nice tasty salmon dish or thai chicken.

Let me know how you get on


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      Fikayo Balogun 6 years ago from London

      You make this sound quite easy. I'm good with my rice but basmati is a tricky one. goo writing. Thumbs up

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      SIJO1 6 years ago

      Leachy79 Hope it goes well mate you should crack it though once you got the know how its easy, let me know how you get on!!Cheers

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      Leachy79 6 years ago from Aylesbury, Bucks, England

      Right here goes nothing. I'm cooking Chilli tonight with rice. So I'm now expecting something awesome!

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      SIJO1 7 years ago

      Thanks for the comments Hubpageswriter rice is easy when you know how and one of my favorites!!!

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      hubpageswriter 7 years ago

      There was a time when I was trying to cook the perfect rice way back when I was first learning; I put in too much water and out came a rice porridge!:) I've learned my lesson then on. Good tips here which a lot of people can learn.:)