How to cook rice

Cooking rice is quick and easy.  Follow these instructions for fluffy, well-cooked rice:

  • Use a jug to measure out the desired amount of rice.
  • Rinse the rice with cold water until the water runs off clear. This removes excess starch to prevent the rice from being too sticky.
  • Drain using a colander. 
  • Pour the rice into a saucepan with twice as much water as rice. 
  • Add a small amount of salt.
  • Stir once.
  • Bring water to the boil.
  • Turn the heat very low.
  • Cover the saucepan with a lid. 
  • Cook on very low heat for 10-15 minutes.
  • Drain rice using a colander.
  • Serve. 

Tips to remember:

  • Rice swells to three times its original weight after being cooked. 
  • Avoid stirring the rice, as this will make it stodgier.
  • Make sure you cook the rice using a low heat, to prevent it from burning onto the bottom of the saucepan.
  • Draining the rice using a colander can make grains slightly separated.  For the best, fluffiest rice, only use as much water as the rice will absorb.  This can be calculated using trial and error, but is usually stated on the back of the rice packet. 

Using a rice cooker or steamer ensures that rice is cooked at the right temperature, for the right length of time.  As long as the correct amount of water is used, the rice will be cooked automatically with no need for stirring or changing temperature manually. 

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