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Perfect Rice

The easy way to make perfect rice every time! Rice is a great accompaniment for all sorts of dishes from steamed vegetables and bean stews, to ratatouille and curry. It’s cheap, nutritious and super easy to cook, making it a staple food in many parts of the world. Today I’d like to share an easier method which produces perfect rice every time. This technique works equally well for both brown or white rice, but brown rice is much better for you because its less processed and so has more nutrients and fibre. Its also a lot tastier and keeps you feeling fuller for longer.
  Brown rice 1 Cup (16 tbs)
  Water 2 Cup (32 tbs)
  Olive oil 1 Tablespoon
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon (or to taste)

1. In a medium pan (preferably non-stick) with a tight fitting lid, heat the oil over medium high.
2. When the oil is heated through, pour in your measured rice. Give a good stir so that each grain is coated with the oil. Saute for 1 minute.
3. Pour in the measured amount of water.
4. Add salt and give it a stir through.
5. Cover the pan to bring the water to a rapid boil.
6. When the water comes to a rolling boil, reduce the heat to the lowest possible degree, cover the pan with its lid and steam the rice for about 20 minutes. Do not lift the lid to keep checking how it is going.
7. You can tell whether the rice is ready when you don't hear the simmering noise any more.

8. Fluff the rice with a fork and serve it steaming hot garnished with fresh herbs if you like.

In the video I suggest that the rice takes 20 minutes to steam. I’ve since carried out time trials and realise that’s a slightly conservative estimate, so be prepared for it to take longer depending on the pan you use. Basmati is quicker than short grain rice and white rice is quicker than brown rice.
You can’t go wrong if you listen out for the simmering noise, once that’s gone you know that water has evaporated and your rice is ready to eat.

Put the rice on to cook first when preparing a meal so that it can steam away whilst you get on with the rest of the meal.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Side Dish
Everyday, Healthy
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
My parents are South American and so I grew up eating rice almost every day and I never got tired of it. My dad makes the best rice in the world. It’s so good that I can eat it plain, often straight out of the pan. Knowing how much I loved his rice my dad would always make sure that there was a pan of rice at home in case I ever fancied a snack, especially coming home late at night. When I went to university I realized that many people were unsure about how to cook it, often boiling it with lots of water and then straining it, rather like you would cook pasta. This technique certainly cooks the rice but it’s not so flavorful and involves more washing up.
Learn how to make rice the fast and easy way with this fun video. This steaming technique works for all types of rice from basmati and short grain to long grain and white grain rice.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 201 Calories from Fat 44

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 5 g7.7%

Saturated Fat 0.77 g3.8%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 244.2 mg10.2%

Total Carbohydrates 35 g11.7%

Dietary Fiber 1.6 g6.3%

Sugars 0 g

Protein 3 g6.9%

Vitamin A Vitamin C

Calcium 1.5% Iron 4.8%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

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