Saturday, March 12, 2016

Tips on how to properly cook rice

In some countries, rice is the staple food. In such cases, citizens of the said countries rely on rice for nourishment. Since eating certain food type tends to create monotony, diversified ways of rice preparation are advisable. In this article, we are going to look at the standard water amounts used for different types of rice.
Considering the amount and the type of the rice to be cooked; measure 1 and ½ cups of water, for every cup of rice. It’s a standard measure to wash the rice several times in order to get rid of the preserving chemicals and contaminations. If you need a soft and appealing texture, soak the rice in lukewarm water for about 15-30 minutes. Soaking is beneficial when one needs the rice to completely absorb certain types of seasonings.  Soaking will ensure that the seasonings are not only on the rice’s coating but also seeped past the rice walls.
The most critical part which determines the taste of the rice is the amount of water to be put. Basically, the amount of water used is relatively the same as the number of cups of rice but exceeds by ½ of a cup. One can reduce or increase the water from the standard requirement depending on the rice texture. The following guidelines will direct you depending on the type of rice grain you want to cook;
• For long grain white rice, put 2 cups of water for every one cup of rice.
• For one cup of medium white grain rice use 1 ½ cups of water.
• For one cup of short grain white rice, use 1 ½ cups of water.
• For long grain brown rice, use 2 ¼ cups of water.
• For parboiled rice, use two cups of water.
If the water measuring directives above doesn’t yield satisfactory results, one can always add smaller portions of water to get satisfactory results. Another factor that may cause deviated results of the measured water is the origin of the rice, growing conditions and the preservation methods used. For instance, rice grains dried by the use of sunlight tend to use less water in comparison to rice dried by the use of electric power. It’s also advisable to add salt before setting the rice grains in cookers such as Aroma rice cooker & steamer for better absorption. In order to reduce the cooking time, it’s also advisable to set the progress checking intervals to long, this ensure that energy concentrated in the pressurized vessel is not wasted.