A simple method of cooking rice, in a pot.

Rice cookers are all the rage nowadays. They say you can’t ever get a bad batch of rice if you use the rice cooker. But cooking rice is actually quite easy. This, like MakingPerfectPasta, is one of the signs that you’ve understood what it means to cook food.

Rice, like pasta, cooks at different times depending on what kind of rice it is. The difference from pasta, though, is that rice is a grain itself, not made from some kind of flour, like pasta is. So it is treated differently.

Simple pot of white rice

Perhaps the simplest kind of rice to make is white rice. (Not minit rice or uncle ben’s, we’re talking regular, unconverted white rice.)

The ratio of rice to water for white rice is usually 2:1 or 2.5:1, depending. I typically use 2:1 when making rice.

  1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a covered pot.

  2. When water is well boiling, put in 1 cup of dry white rice and stir.

  3. Cover, take off the heat, and let steep for 15 minutes.

That’s it!! When you go back to the pot, you’ll see a nicely consistent, fluffy white rice that’s not too sticky.

Some people like to add chicken bouillon to the pot of boiling water. This adds a bit of flavour and mostly salt to the rice.

Soy sauce makes a great add as well.

Different kinds of rice

I’m not all that familiar with cooking different types of rice, but here’s some things I do know:

The good part about most of this is that rice packages often come with cooking instructions. Read them and follow them.