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There are several methods for cooking rice, and here we show you how to cook rice four simple ways - on the stove, in the microwave, in a slow cooker and in the oven.
What you'll need...
• 200g long grain white rice
• 500ml water
• 1 teaspoon salt
• 1 teaspoon butter or oil
Prepare the rice...
Before cooking the rice, rinse it well under running water from the tap till the water runs clear. This removes excess starch and results in fluffier rice.
Method 1 - Stove
In a medium saucepan with a lid, bring the water, salt and butter or oil to the boil. Add the rice, stirring just once to prevent sticking. Cover with the lid and reduce heat to the lowest setting. Cook 20 minutes (without lifting the lid!). Remove the lid and fluff rice with a fork.
Method 2 - Microwave
In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the rice, water, salt and butter or oil. Microwave for 10 minutes on medium power, then a further 12 to 15 minutes on high power. Remove from the microwave and fluff with a fork.
Method 3 - Slow cooker
Grease the slow cooker dish with the teaspoon of butter or oil. Add the rice, water and salt. Cook for 1 1/2 hours on the slow cooker's Low setting, or according to your manufacturer's instructions.
Method 4 - Oven
Place the rice in a large ovenproof bowl or baking dish. Boil the water, then add that to the dish along with the butter and salt. Cover with aluminium foil, then transfer to a preheated 180 C / Gas 4 oven. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, then remove from oven and take off the foil. Fluff with a fork before serving.
Rice to water ratio
You might have heard about the 'rice to water ratio', which uses volume to measure both rice and water. This foolproof way of measuring is simple to remember: 1 part rice to 2 parts water. You can use a measuring cup to measure the rice and water, or even your favourite mug!
Rice portions: dry to cooked
Rice nearly triples in volume once cooked. For a typical side dish, you need no more than 75 to 100g of dry rice per person. Therefore, the method described above will easily serve two, but can be stretched to three or even four portions depending on the rest of the meal.