How To Make Perfect Rice Every Time
In times like we are in, we need proper nourishment.
Rice, in particular, brown rice, is a great side dish that goes with all types of cuisine- Thai, Chinese, Indian, Italian, and anything else you might be whipping up in-between zoom calls and watching the news.
I’m not here to talk about nutrition right now. However, I will say this: brown rice is a whole grain, loaded with nutrients. More information on its nutritional value can be found here.
I’ve seen many well-intentioned cooks struggle with producing, fluffy, moist but firm, rice. Too much water, not enough water, lifting up the lid while the rice is cooking, whatever. So, let me share how you can make perfect rice every time. The same process works for white rice, and for long and short-grain brown rice.
The Main Thing
1 cup of rice to 1.5 cups water. Not 2 cups of water, not 1 cup of water. 1.5 cups exactly.
Rice gets measured and goes into the pot. Add the water (filtered/spring better than tap, no chlorine taste). Pinch of salt
Cover the pot. Bring to a boil. Reduce and simmer for 30 minutes, with the lid on. Not 25, not 35. 30 minutes.
At 30 minutes, turn off the heat. Remove the lid. Put a dish towel over the pot. Let it sit for 10 minutes. No need to peak. Let it be!
After 10 minutes, take that towel off. Your rice will look like this.
Looks good, doesn’t it? You’re damn right it does, and it is!
There will be no water at the bottom of the pot. The grains of rice will not be sticking together. They will be fluffy, moist, but firm. This is what we want people!
Serve it up. If you’ve got an Asian inspired meal, add a few drops of sesame oil to the rice along with some toasted sesame seeds. Amazing flavors are happening now.
You are now a master of making perfect rice. Rock on. Stay healthy and practice kindness more than ever now.
Don Johnson is a former business, and sales leader turned executive coach, leadership development consultant, and mindfulness warrior. He is the founder of the Integria Group, a boutique consulting firm offering transformative coaching, conscious leadership, and team building solutions. www.integriagroup.com