The Mystery of Rice

It’s probably one of the things I hear the most – how do you make rice?  Well I have a foolproof way to make sure you get it right every time.  And also a few variations to keep things interesting.  This is the link to my recipe for Vegetable Pilaf Rice. 

First things first, I always use Basmati rice.  My method works every time with Basmati rice but other types of rice – risotto, long grain etc – will have different cooking methods.  I love the texture and consistency with the brand Amira Basmati Rice but any brand of Basmati rice should have the same result.

So the basic rule of thumb is one part rice to two parts liquid. Wash the rice thoroughly to remove some of the excess starch. Put the rice and water over a high heat, bring to the boil and then turn the heat on low, put the lid on and cook until the water is all absorbed.  That’s it! I promise you will get fluffy, perfectly cooked rice every time.

For any variations, as long as you keep the proportion of liquid to rice the same (ie 2:1) the result will be great.  In my Vegetable Pilaf Rice recipe, I only use 1.5 cups of water because the blended tomato mixture makes up the other 0.5 cups for 1 cup of rice.  So again, in total we are keeping the ratio the same.

Here are some other ideas to give keep things interesting, the method of cooking is the always the same.  As a general rule of thumb one cup of rice is enough for 3/4 people.

  1. Coconut rice:  1 cup of rice, 1 cup of coconut milk, 1 cup of water
  2. Cumin rice:  1 cup of rice, 2 cups of water – add 1 tsp of cumin seeds along with the water
  3. Jasmine Rice:  1 cup of rice, 2 cups of water.  Before you start cooking take one cup of boiling water and add 2 Jasmin teabags to it and let brew for 5 mins.  Remove the teabags and add this tea as well as 1 plain cup of water to the rice and cook as normal.
  4. Tomato rice (great for kids):  1 Cup of rice, 1.5 cups of water, 0.5 cup of blended fresh tomatoes
  5. Green rice:  For a great vegetable hit blend together spinach and water to give you 2 cups worth of liquid and use that to cook 1 cup of rice.

I hope this gives you a few ideas on how to jazz up rice and means you will get perfect rice every time…Let me know how you get long!


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