How to cook rice

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Rice is a staple in Asian cuisine. It is well-loved for being able to provide carbohydrates and nutrients and its usefulness in many dishes. Cooking rice can be simple and easy. For the steps below, all you will need are the following:

  • Rice
  • Measuring cup
  • Rice cooker
  • water

Traditional Rice

  1. Measure the amount of rice you need using the measuring cup.
  2. Pour the rice into pot of the rice cooker.
  3. Rinse the rice: run water into the pot, swirl the water and rice. Wait for broken husks, tiny stones or any other debris to float.
  4. Drain the water.
  5. Measure the right amount of water for cooking. The rule of thumb is 1 cup of rice = 1 cup of water.
  6. Put the pot back into the rice cooker. Plug the appliance and push the “cook” lever or button.
  7. The rice cooker will do the cooking for you.

Tips:

  • Instead of measuring the water by cup, a simpler way is to poke the rice in the pot using your middle finger. Mark where top of the rice is using your thumb and that will also be the amount of water you need to put.
  • Putting a knot of Pandan leaf on top of the rice before turning on the rice cooker gives a good aroma to the cooked rice.

Japanese Rice for Sushi

The rice used for sushi is a little bit different than the average rice. Special Japanese sushi rice has shorter grains, turns out sticky and it is slightly sweet. After following the steps in cooking the rice above, here are the additional steps:

  1. Use a wooden spoon to take the rice out of the pot and into a plastic or glass bowl.
  2. Let the rice cool for about two to four minutes.
  3. Mix rice vinegar, sugar and salt (see the proportion below) in a saucepan and heat until the solids dissolve. Cool the vinegar mixture.
  4. Mix the rice and vinegar well while fanning the rice.

Proportion for 3 cups of Japanese rice:

  • 1/3 cup rice vinegar
  • 1tsp salt
  • 3 tbsp sugar

Tips:

  • It is important to avoid using metal utensils when making sushi rice because metal reacts with vinegar.
  • Fanning the rice gives it the shiny texture.
  • For the best results, sushi rice is advised to be used after preparation.

Whether you are cooking rice as a daily meal, as part of an Asian feast or for making sushi, these procedures and steps will truly come in handy.

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