How To Cook Perfect Rice

How To Cook Perfect Rice

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Cooking rice is something that I do at least once a week. Growing up with a Vietnamese mom afforded me many rice-eating opportunities! It could be my genetics or my diet growing up, but I love rice. I don’t think I could live without it actually. If you have a rice cooker, cooking rice is a cinch. However, it’s one of those single-use appliances that can take up a lot of room in a kitchen.

Cooking rice in an ordinary pot is extremely simple. In fact, you can make perfect rice just about every time in an ordinary pot. You never have to even measure out the rice. It works regardless the amount of rice you put in the pot. I’m about the share an Asian secret that will take all of the mystery out of making rice turn out great each time you cook it. Are you ready?

It’s your finger. Yes, that’s right. Your finger. That’s the secret. Please see mine below. It’s quite ordinary.

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Well-Kept Secret

This secret is called by some the “first knuckle-method.” This is the method my mom taught me when I was a little girl and it has never failed me. I’ve shared it with countless friends and thought I’d share it here because it makes cooking rice so easy!

What to Do

  1. Rinse your rice about three times. This can be done quite simply. There’s no need to put the rice into a fine mesh strainer to rinse. It can be rinsed right in the pot. Place the desired amount of rice in the pot. Fill the pot with water to the point that the rice is immersed. Swish the water around the clean off residue and then carefully dump the excess water. Repeat this 2-3 times until the water is clearer.
  2. Add water again to the rice until it is immersed and there is water above the rice. Place your finger in the water until it touches the surface of the rice. IMG_1773
  3. When the water level reaches the first knuckle, there’s enough water.
  4. Cook the rice on high until it reaches a rolling boil for about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Turn the stove down to low and let the rice cook for about 10-15 more minutes. Check on the rice. If the water has dissipated and it looks fluffy, it’s done.
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Fluffy rice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Cook Perfect Rice

Ingredients

  • Any amount of jasmine rice you want to cook. (You can find it here). I usually cook 2 cups at a time.
  • water

Instructions

  1. Rinse your rice about three times. This can done quite simply. There’s no need to put the rice into a fine mesh strainer to rinse. It can be rinsed right in the pot. Place the desired amount of rice in the pot. Fill the pot with water to the point that the rice is immersed. Swish the water around the clean off residue and then carefully dump the excess water. Repeat this 2-3 times until the water is clearer.
  2. Add water again to the rice until it is immersed and there is water above the rice. Place your finger in the water until it touches the surface of the rice.
  3. When the water level reaches the first knuckle, there’s enough water.
  4. Cook the rice on high until it reaches a rolling boil for about 2-3 minutes.
  5. Turn the stove down to low and let the rice cook for about 10-15 more minutes. Check on the rice. If the water has dissipated and it looks fluffy, it’s done.
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I’ve found this to be a no-fail method and is routinely used throughout Asia as the way to cook rice. It is important not to fiddle with the rice at all. Do not stir it! Just let it cook and it will come out just right. If you are lazy cook (like me) and do not like to measure, this is the perfect method for you. This method seems mysterious because you might argue that everyone’s knuckles are different. You would be correct. It may just be one of those mysteries of life. All I know is that it works. Important note: It works best with jasmine rice.

If you try it out, please let me know how it goes!

Wishing you peace, health and happiness 🙂

TNS

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