Cooking rice properly may seem like the most basic kitchen task, yet somehow many people still seem to get it wrong. There are many different ways to cook rice properly and there are many different types of rice which all require different types of cooking. Investing in a rice cooker is a good idea too and it reduces cooking time and makes for an easy clean up.
1 cup long grain white rice
1 ½ cups water
Unsalted butter or olive oil (optional)
Kosher salt (optional)
Heavy based pot with tight fitting lid
Step 1: Place the rice in the strainer and rinse until the water is clear and not cloudy. .Rinsing rice helps get rid of any excess starch and impurities.
Step 2: Place the rice in the pot along with the water and bring to a boil, uncovered at medium heat.
Step 3: When the rice is boiling, turn the heat down to medium low. Place the lid on the pot; however do not cover the top completely so that the steam has somewhere to escape.
Step 4: It is optional at this point to add a small amount of butter or olive oil and the salt to the rice.
Step 5: Checks the rice to see if any holes have developed. If there are holes, drop the heat down to low.
Step 6: Leave rice on low heat for another 15 minutes and then removes from heat and fluff with fork.