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2011/03/26 00:08:07 (permalink)
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cooking rice

i bought a bag of basmati rice but the problem is every time i cook it it comes out looking like cous cous, how do you make nice fluffy rice like you see on the telly cooking shows
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    Pasty
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    Re:cooking rice 2011/03/26 07:35:34 (permalink)
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    How do you cook it?
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    Re:cooking rice 2011/03/26 09:59:13 (permalink)
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    Loads of methods mate but basically i Rinse it in hot water until water runs clear, (important as it removes starch so stops it sticking), then enough hot water in to cover rice by about 1". Lid on, bring to boil, stir once, then simmer for 5mins. Test, should be about cooked but might still be a little grainy, drain, back in pan, lid on and let it steam. Fluff up with fork, job done.
     
    Some do the ratio of rice to water method but i find it a bit hit and miss depending on cooking temp
     
    I usually cook up 200g dry weight. Once cooked, run through cold water until completely cooled, split between 3 tupperware boxes and then refrigerate. Once required, loosen lid slightly, heat in microwave on full power (950w) for 2 mins and its perfect. (and safe!)
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    Re:cooking rice 2011/03/26 12:45:32 (permalink)
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    As SJL, wash the rice removing as much starch as possible..
    I cook mine in the microwave like this..
     
    1. cover the rice with just enough water, not too much, so it only just covers the rice
    2. cook on full power for 8-9mins....not stirring just leave..
    3. when done give it a stir through and if it seems a touch wet/soggy then cover with a tea towel and leave for a few mins more, check again...it'll go on cooking..
     
    not too much water is the key..
     
     
     
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    Re:cooking rice 2011/03/26 18:06:25 (permalink)
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    I bought a rice cooker from argos (was half price £10) the best tenner i have ever spent, just put one cup of rice and two cups of water, 10 mins later perfect rice every time.

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    Re:cooking rice 2011/03/27 11:56:34 (permalink)
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    thanks guys i will try these methods
     
    rick- i just put the rice and loads of water in a pan and boil it, stirring it a few times then drain and wash the starch off
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    Re:cooking rice 2011/03/27 21:55:57 (permalink)
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    bulldog dave

    thanks guys i will try these methods

    rick- i just put the rice and loads of water in a pan and boil it, stirring it a few times then drain and wash the starch off

     
    Yep, you need to wash it before not after! Makes it go like wallpaper paste if you dont

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    Re:cooking rice 2011/03/28 00:02:36 (permalink)
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    Lots of techniques but I seem to get best results with the following:
     
    Rinse the rice in cold running water until the water is no longer cloudy (you can see it in the sink).
    Into a pan and add twice as much water as rice (by volume). This is where I add any flavourings (swap water for stock or chuck in some spices - cumin, cinnamon etc). 
    Bring to the boil, simmer for 5 mins and then turn the heat off, leaving the pan on the hob (with a lid). After about 10-15 minutes all of the water has been absorbed and you can fluff the rice up with a fork.
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