Wouldn't it be great if we could have a steaming pile of rice next to our dinners? Why yes, it would be nice... if we knew how to cook rice correctly. And hey, there's no shame in needing some help in the kitchen. Each kind of rice needs different cook times and varying rice-to-water ratios that indeed make things difficult. But making rice is much easier than you think. No matter which kind you have on your hands, we're here to help you get your sides right every time.
This ratio is a crucial step in making the perfect rice. Quantities will vary depending on how much you're making, but you can adjust the amounts accordingly.
Studies have shown that the ratio can drastically affect the consistency of your rice, but it doesn't really have a big influence on overall taste. Depending on how much water you add in comparison to the amount of rice you have, the texture will be either too runny, too firm, or becomes too sticky. Specific types of rice will need their own water level and it's important to keep an eye on the amounts recommended before you wind up with a mushy mess.
Another thing to keep in mind is that the ratio is affected by other elements in the kitchen. The size of your pot lid, the kind of stove you have, and the rice you're working with will all play a role. What this means is that cooking rice is sometimes more specific to the cookware and kitchen you have; recipes will help you a great deal of the way, but some of it is dependant on the items you're working with.
Now that you've got this information in hand, read on to learn how to cook the many types of rice!
You don't need much else to get that rice nice and fluffy. Once you've gathered everything, follow these simple steps:
Brown rice times will differ significantly from white rice. It takes much longer to cook, but you don't need any fancy cookware.
Basmati rice doesn't need as much time as brown rice to absorb the water. It will, however, need to soak before cooking.
Jasmine rice is the perfect choice for someone looking for a rice that doesn't take much time to cook.
This kind of rice (also known as glutinous rice) is a little trickier to make, but it's best prepared in a rice cooker.
If you don't have a rice cooker, you can make it on the stove. You'll need:
Once you have everything together, making sticky rice requires many of the same steps for other kinds of rice.
As you can see, different types of rice need varying amounts of water and cook times. While that's true for everything, the thing with rice is that it's a delicate dish and if you add too much water or cook for too long then you'll wind up with a spoiled side. Depending on how you cook it, your rice can come out way too mushy, undercooked, or too firm. It's a fine art.
Aside from sticky rice, which has its own distinct consistency, rice needs to rest in order to obtain its desired texture. Make sure to never skip the resting phase as this important step ensures water is distributing evenly to the grains.
Your fork also plays a part in getting the right texture. Once your rice is made and has rested for an appropriate amount of time, get your fork and mix the grains around a bit to let remaining moisture escape. It also helps make sure your rice grains don't stick together.
Learning how to cook rice is a vital step in making simple side dishes. It's okay if your rice hasn't come out as fluffy or tender as you'd like. Much of cooking rice is patience and learning as you go. Follow these easy recipes for different kinds of rice to get yourself started and you'll be nailing your own recipes in no time.