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Published on 06.03.2016
In east Asian countries, most meals are accompanied by a side of white rice. For people who are interested in making Asian food, but don't have a fancy rice cooker like the one in this video, there is also a way to prepare rice the same way on the stove! All you need is some short-grain white rice, and some water!
1. First, you will want to measure off your short-grain rice. For most rice you need a 2:1 ratio of water to rice. So if you are making 1 cup of rice, you would need 2 cups of water.
2. Once you measured off your rice, it is a good idea to wash it. Strictly speaking, this step is not strictly necessary, but most rice is usually covered in a starchy or dusty coating, so washing this off first will produce better results. Rinse until the water runs clear.
3. Add the rice, and 2 cups of water to a saucepan. Keep in mind, that rice expands as it cooks, so using a larger saucepan is a good idea (around 2 quarts).
4. Cover the saucepan, and bring the contents to a boil. This normally takes about 4 minutes.
5. Once the water is brought to a boil, turn the heat to low, and simmer for about 15 minutes. Do not remove the lid during this step, as it cause steam to escape and effect the cooking time.
6. Remove the rice from the stove and give it a stir to fluff it up.
7. Enjoy your plain, white rice!
Once you get used to the washing and the ratio of water to rice, rice becomes very easy to cook in this way, even without a fancy rice steamer. There are also many different types of rice that you can normally find in the ethnic section of your local supermarket. All rice has different water to rice ratio and cooking time, so be sure to read the packaging beforehand.