I understand cooking rice can be a daunting task especially when you want to cook perfect rice on the stove. Hell, I even remember the first time I was tasked with cooking rice for a 200pax conference that was happening at one of the 5-star hotels back in Kenya. At that time I was so green and had no idea where to start since I was just another broke campus student who was doing a part-time job as an assistant cook just to make ends meet. Long story short… I ended up OVERCOOKING the rice, and as if that wasn’t embarrassing enough, I was chased out of the kitchen with no pay for that weekend!
Not to worry, that experience set me on a path to deciphering the best methods for cooking rice perfectly every time (even for 200pax). I will be sharing the 3 best ways to cook perfect rice even on the stove. If you follow these exact steps/methods shared, you will be set for life when it comes to rice cookery.
Rice can be cooked in three distinct ways, each requiring a different amount of water. Boiling, which uses 12 times the amount of water as rice, the Japanese method, which uses 5 times the amount, and steaming, which uses 2-1/2 times the amount. Regardless of which method is used, keep in mind that properly cooked rice grains must be fluffy and retain their individuality. To give them this shape and avoid the rice from becoming mushy, don’t overcook it or stir it too much while it’s cooking.
The Perfect Boiled Rice on a Stove Top
- 1 c Rice
- 3 tsp Salt
- 3 qt Boiling water
- Wash 1 Cup of rice carefully and add it to 3 quarts of boiling salted water over a stove top.
- Boil rapidly until the water begins to appear milky because of the starch coming out of the rice into the water or until a grain can be easily crushed between the fingers.
- Drain the cooked rice through a colander, and then pour cold water over the rice in the colander, so as to wash out the loose starch and leave each grain distinct.
- Reheat the rice by shaking it over the fire, and serve hot with butter, gravy, or cream or milk and sugar.
The Japanese Method of Cooking Rice
- Oven-Proof Saucepan
- 1 c Japanese rice
- 1-1/2 tsp Salt
- 5 c Boiling Water
- Wash your rice in a saucepan or a mixing bowl. Fill the pan/bowl halfway with water, then gently swirl and stir the rice with your hands. Pour the water out when the water becomes hazy with starch, retaining the rice in the pan/bowl with your hand. Rep this step 3-5 times more, or until the water is clear. After cleaning the rice, soak it for at least 30 minutes and then drain the rice.
- Add it to the boiling salted water and cook for 15 minutes on low heat.
- Cover the rice and transfer it to the oven for another 15 minutes to allow the water to evaporate entirely and soften the grains without becoming mushy.
- Serve and enjoy it however you like!
Perfectly Steamed Rice
- 1 c Thai jasmine rice
- 1-1/2 tsp Salt
- 2-1/2 c Water
- Rinse the rice thoroughly and add it to the salted water that has been brought to a rolling boil.
- Simmer for 5 minutes, then transfer to a double boiler and continue to cook until tender.
- Do not stir the rice and keep it covered with a lid while cooking. Note that this method of cooking rice will take about an hour.
- Once the rice is ready, Serve and enjoy with your favorite curry or sauces.
If you want to learn more about Japanese rice, you can check out Japan Centre. They have a lot of information on different types of Japanese rice, how to cook them and where to buy them.
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