Cooking rice is a simple process, but it can be tricky to get the perfect texture and flavor. Here is an easy way to cook rice that will result in fluffy and flavorful rice every time:
1 cup of rice
2 cups of water
Rinse the rice thoroughly in a strainer to remove any excess starch or dirt. This step is essential to ensure that the rice cooks evenly and does not become sticky.
In a medium-sized pot, add 2 cups of water and a pinch of salt (if desired). Bring the water to a boil over high heat.
Add the rinsed rice to the boiling water and stir gently.
Reduce the heat to low and cover the pot with a tight-fitting lid. Let the rice cook for 18-20 minutes. Do not lift the lid or stir the rice during this time.
After 18-20 minutes, turn off the heat and let the rice rest for 5-10 minutes with the lid still on. This step will allow the rice to absorb any remaining water and steam, resulting in fluffy rice.
After the resting time, remove the lid and fluff the rice with a fork. Your perfectly cooked rice is now ready to serve!
You can adjust the amount of water depending on the type of rice you are using. Typically, the ratio of rice to water is 1:2 for most types of rice.
You can also add some aromatics like garlic, onion, or bay leaves to the water to infuse more flavor into the rice.
If you want to make fried rice, use leftover cooked rice that has been chilled in the fridge for a few hours. Cold rice will be less sticky and easier to fry.