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How to steam rice perfectly

By MSN NZ Recipe Finder staff
How to steam rice perfectly. Image Getty
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Cook half a cup of rice per person.

To wash rice, place in a coliander and rinse thoroughly in cold water.

If you are a rice lover and tend to eat it more than a few times a week, you may consider investing in a rice cooker. They're not very expensive and always produce perfect results.

If you don’t have a rice cooker, use this method for perfect steamed rice:
Rinse the rice in water in a large bowl changing water until clear.

Drain the rice and place in a heavy based saucepan with the water and bring to the boil. Boil for 5 minutes until nearly all of the water has evaporated and surface is covered with little holes.

Cover with a tight fitting lid, (if your lid is not tight enough to seal wrap in a clean tea towel taking care that the ends are secured on the top away from the flame). Turn the heat down as low as possible and cook without removing the lid for 15 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow to sit for 5 minutes with the lid on before serving.

User comments
it dont matter how much rice you put in if you are steaming it lol
When using this particular method always use the general guideline - 2-4 servings 1 cup rice 1.5 cups water Most people usually recommend 1.75 cups water, but don't forget that there will be some left in the pot after you rinse the starch off of your rice. for one person 0.5 cups rice 0.75 cups water
In general, you can add 1.5 to 2 cups of water per cup of rice (depending on the type of rice). Or you can try the method, where, after putting the rice in the pot, spread it so that it is somewhat even and put your index finger on the top of the rice and fill the water up to the level of the first joint of your finger. I usually use 1.5 cups of water to 1 cup of rice.
Use 1.5 cups of water for every cup of rice you use
How much water?
I was wondering if there was a guidline as to how much water to use for this method of steaming rice.

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