Growing up I didn’t eat a lot of rice, it just wasn’t something my mom cooked often. Buckwheat or barley were more common grains on our table. On the occasions that we did have rice on the side it always tasted heavenly – light, soft, fluffy grains that paired perfectly with anything and everything.
Rice is a staple food in so many cuisines around the world, it is versatile and delicious. Cooking a perfect pot of fluffy rice couldn’t be easier, just remember a couple of things:
- use long-grain rice varieties for fluffy outcome
- rinse the rice before cooking – it removes extra starch that makes your rice sticky
- 1:2 rice to liquid ratio
- let it rest before serving
Now it doesn’t look all that difficult, does it? Let’s make some Fluffy Rice!
- 1 cup of Basmati rice
- 2 cups of water
- knob of butter or 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
- pinch of salt
- Rinse the rice in cold water.
- Put a pot over a medium heat, add butter (or oil).
- Pour the rice into a pan and stir to coat evenly in butter and heat through (about 30 sec).
- Add a pinch of salt, stir.
- Add water, stir, bring to a boil.
- Put the lid on, reduce the heat to low and cook for about 12 min without taking the lid off.
- Check if the rice is cooked, turn the heat off and remove the pot from the stove.
- Put a paper towel under the lid and cover the pot with a tea towel, let rest for at least 10 min.
- Uncover the rice, fluff it up with a fork, serve.