How do you cook rice??

Canada
April 9, 2009 9:17am CST
I have tried many times to cook rice. Not the instant rice but the other rice. It's very hard to cook for me and it never comes out right. It's either to mushy or to hard. How do you get it so it's just right? I have no problem with the minute rice thats easy, but I would like to eat more brown rice but I can't seem to cook it right!!
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• United States
9 Apr 09
They make instant brown rice too, just as easy as regular minute rice, but it's expensive. I recently switched fomr buying instant brown rice to the regular kind of brown rice which is 1/3 the price of the instant kind and found it quite easy to make. I just follow the directions on the package. It tells you how much water to boil for a particular amount of rice, and I put a little butter in the water too, then when the water boils put the rice in and cover the pot, set the flame to low and leave it there for the specified amount of time (usually 20 minutes). Get a timer so you don't over cook it. My family actually prefers the taste of the old fashioned cooking rice and it really is just as easy as the instant variety, it just takes ten more minutes. It is soooo much cheaper to do it the old fashioned way!
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• United States
9 Apr 09
I do pretty much the same, except I shut my heat off a few minutes ahead of time and let the rice soak up the water. Always turns out soft this way.
• Canada
10 Apr 09
I didn't know that there was brown instant rice I will look for that!! thanks
• United States
10 Apr 09
You might think that think might sound strange but I was always taught to measure my rice with my index finger. We have always put the rice in the pot and added water, then you see if the water comes to the first bend in your finger. When I put it on the stove,as soon as it comes to a boil I turn it down to low and put a lid on it. I do not uncover the pot for around 20 min. When you take it off the stove you have dry rice. I've been doing this for around 25 years and it works for me.
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• Canada
10 Apr 09
I have heard this before a lady I work with was trying to explain that way to me she said her mother showed her his method..
@tuyakiki (3026)
• India
10 Apr 09
I can cook rice. But I can do it only in a micro oven. I cannot do it in ordinary oven.We should know the quantity of the rice, and we should note down the time. Its better to take observation after every 15 minutes.
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@marciascott (25557)
• United States
10 Apr 09
When it is almost done I let the steam finish cooking it.
@bobi0828 (31)
• Hungary
10 Apr 09
I cook rice many times, because both my husband and my daughter likes it. I have never made the same rice for two times. Something always makes it different. But anyhow the family likes my rice, and that is the most inportant.
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• Canada
10 Apr 09
There is so many dishes you can make with rice thats why I won't to learn how to cook properly. You can do so many things with it..
• United States
9 Apr 09
The secret to perfect rice every time is to: 1. Add exactly one and a half times as much water as rice, i.e. 1 cup of rice and 1 1/2 cups of water. 2. Do not stir the rice at any point! Bring it to a boil and let it sit still. 3. You will know that it is about ready when steam holes appear in the surface of the rice. Once these steam holes stop bubbling and simply steam, you can turn off the heat. 4. Let it sit for a minute or two after removing the heat, so that it can finish steaming out. That ought to do it! As a bonus I'll add this tip. If you want to make fried rice, always use rice that is completely cold, preferably rice that was made yesterday and refrigerated. Hot, newly cooked rice will not make good fried rice. Christian M. Archer
• Canada
10 Apr 09
Thanks for the great tip!!
• India
9 Apr 09
cooked rice - well cooked rice
Hello freind cooking rice is the easiest dish in the world i guess,but the amount of water is the main thing in it,and it differs from the rice to rice,depending on the quality,i personally when cook rice either plain or the brown rice,put the water above the rice to the extent that one third part of mt ring finger dips into it.then the next main thing is the flame,i keep it on full gas flame till maximum water soaks,and then i simmer it down foe sometime.
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• Canada
10 Apr 09
It's not as easy for me. I can do instant rice no problem but anything else PROBLEM...but with the great advice i'm getting here we'll see what happens. thanks
@deebomb (15347)
• United States
9 Apr 09
When I cook rice I now bake it in the oven. Set the oven to 375 and bring 2 1/3 cups water and 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a boil pour over 1 and 1/2 cups of brown rice rice in a 8x8 inch glass baking dish. cover with two layers of tin foil and bake for 60 minutes. After one hour remove the foil and fluff the rice up and cover with a towel for 5 minutes to allow it to absorb the rest of the liquid fluff again and serve. This way I don't have the rice burn or not get cooked. You can use chicken broth or other liquids.
• Canada
10 Apr 09
My grandmother made a rice diner that way before. It was so good, thanks for the info.
• United States
9 Apr 09
YOu can ger brown rice in the bags that have the little holes in them. All you have to do is boil some hot water in a pan and then add the bag of brown rice ( more healthy for you) and cook it for 10 minutes and no longer as it might be mushy. I don't cook rice that is not in the bag as it might burn to the bottom of the pan and it doesn't taste good now and you have to stand there and stir something when you could be doing other things.
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• Canada
10 Apr 09
Probably more expensive to buy rice like that? But I will definately check it out.
@efc872 (1078)
• Jamaica
10 Apr 09
Hi momathome, rice is very easy to cook. I guess the trick is to know the amount of water required. I cover the rice with water using the my middle finger first joint, you have to make sure the rice is reasonably level in pot. Put pot on fire and do not cover pot until the water reaches the point where you see wells or holes forming on top of rice. At this point cover tightly and turn heat down to low low. Allow to finish steaming for about ten minutes. This works good for white rice, brown rice will need more water, say about an eight of an inch above finger joint.
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• Philippines
10 Apr 09
Hey there! You have to put enough and proper water in it when you cook rice. Sometimes it also depends on the variety of rice. There are rice that you need to put more or less water on. That's how we do it. It also depends on the heat. If you heat it too much it would probably burnt the bottom and be hard while the top is mushy and not well cooked. You can also cook rice using a rice cooker. That will give you better results compare to cooking it using your stove.
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@emilie2300 (1892)
• United States
10 Apr 09
Yeah I like the instant minute also. They sell Instant Brown rice also.
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@waseem86 (138)
• Lithuania
10 Apr 09
i mix rice with oil, then fry it till it will be a bit yellow but don't burn it, then add water and boil ( you can add some spices / maggi . for a better taste ) keep boiling and check it every 5-10 mins, if it needs water then add and that's it. take it when you think its ready.
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@bdugas (3584)
• United States
10 Apr 09
You know I have read through the responses here and I think I have tried all but the baking one. I never could get it right. One day my mother in law told me stop trying to steam that rice, let me show you. She took and poured some rice into a pan, the amount is how much you need to cook, she put some water in it maybe about 2 inches over the rice. She put a pat of butter in the water. She set it on the stove and boiled it. AS it begin to boil she turned the heat down so that it was cooking kind of slow, she cooked it till she picked up a grain and it was tender. She ten poured it into a calender and run hot water on it till the water ran clean and the starch was gone. At that point you can pick up each grain of rice.
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@Asavari (55)
• India
10 Apr 09
I can say something for how to cook rice.First put the vesse on the gas and add water,take the water double than the quantity of the rice u want to cook .Put little salt in it , when it boils,add washed rice and little ghee or butter in it and cook for 10 minutes on the medium fire and then slow down the fire as little as possible and add little ghee or butter in it if u want and cover with a lid and watch it constantly ,if required u can add water as it depends on the old or new variety of rice,old rice takes more water !Then when it is cooked according to your taste (separate or soft),remove it and put on the spilled water on the floor if it makes noise it is cooked !If u cook in the pressure cooker it is very easy ,u dont have to watce it all the time,after one whistle u slow down the gas and keep for five minutes on gas and remove and thats all.
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@aseretdd (13712)
• Philippines
10 Apr 09
I can't remember the time when i cooked rice the old fashioned way... i just use the rice cooker but i am careful as to the amount of water i will use with it... try to use your fingers in measuring the water... it should not go above the first line of your longest finger... that is usually how most Filipinos measure when cooking rice...
@Yori88 (1468)
• Philippines
10 Apr 09
I only cook white rice not brown. I just add water the same amount or level as that of the rice. I just cook by chance and I do not really measure the amount of water I am going to use. If it seems like the water is too much then I just remove the excess but if it seems not enough then I add water. I shake the kettle every time the rice boils so that it won't stick at the bottom and not burn earlier than the rest. When I use rice cooker it is easier to cook rice because you do not have to check it from time to time. Problem is we do not have rice cooker at the moment because it was broken. I have tried cooking organic rice before and the color is brown but it is hard for me to estimate the water. The rice is quite soft and the texture is like that of a corn. I do not really like that rice but my husband does and says it is more nutritious and healthier than white rice. Anyway when you cook rice always keep on doing because practice makes perfect.
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@haoli1118 (121)
• China
10 Apr 09
you should have the patience to cook the rice.
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@mimiang (3779)
• Philippines
10 Apr 09
the number of cups of water should be equal to the amount of rice.Then, allow to boil.Eat when there's no water anymore
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@benhilo (873)
• Tripoli, Libya
10 Apr 09
There are many ways to cook rice but the way I normally cook rise is boiling. Get a small pot with cover. Put a cup of rice in the pot then wash the rice. Just rinse it out with cold water. Normally this will clean off the talc that is on the rice. Drain all the water out then put in two cups of water (rule of thumb for water is the number of cups of rice plus one cup for the pot). Next, put the stove on high and bring the rice and water to a boil. Once it boils, cover, turn the heat down low. Wait fifteen minutes. turn off the heat and leave it for a minute or so then turn the rice in the pot then it is ready to eat!
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• United States
10 Apr 09
Is so funny you started this discussion, because I just recently started having successfull rice cooking days, and as much as it is about the water BELIEVE you me it has to do a lot where you cook it. I tried everyway I could to make rice, I boiled the water and added the rice, I added the rice and water and THEN made it boil, I tried to fry it when it was to mushy, I'd put some butter when it was too dry, and still couldn't get it right, until I used a big pot to make the rice, the cast iron ones are best, but I don't have one of those, I have a stainless steel one, so I took the biggest one I had (a three quarts one) and cooked two cups of rice, and for the first time I got the rice as I like it!!! I realized my rice was not cooking evenly cuz the pan was too small.... Please try and let me know if it worked..
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