Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Rice It Up

I don't understand why cooking rice is such an ordeal for many people. It is probably why some often opt for Minute Rice or Uncle Ben's (boo!).  For this exact reason, I thought I would write an article on making Basmati rice.

Basmati is a fragrant rice that is grown in India and Pakistan. It is like wine, in the fact that it gets better with age. A number of varieties are widely available in supermarkets. I have also noticed that the varieties available now tend to be quite clean compared to those of the past.

Cooking basmati rice is a matter of ratios. Always remember: 1 part rice to 1 1/2 parts water.

Begin with measuring out 1 part rice. In this instance I have used 1 cup.

Set to boil 1 1/2 parts water (1 1/2 cups water). Place in the water:
- 1/8-1/4 teaspoon salt
- a small knob of butter

Once the water starts to boil, put in the rice and let it boil for 1-2 minutes.

Place the lid on the pot and turn the heat down to the low setting. Wait exactly 15 minutes. Don't forget to set your timer! Also, do not open the lid!

After the 15 minutes are up, your rice will have been steamed to perfection. Remove your pot from the heat and uncover.

Fluff the rice using a fork.


This method of steaming basmati rice is fool-proof!

Welcome the taste of India to the side of your meal.


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