Follow these simple steps to make delicious fluffy rice every time.
There are just 4 steps to cooking perfect rice every time: wash, brown, boil and steam.
Some years ago I found an old Turkish cookbook which suggested browning the rice first in butter. This gives a wonderful nutty aroma, the grains are fluffy, and never stick together.
To start, it is important to use a saucepan with a lid which fits properly so you lose don’t too much steam.
Measure out the amount of rice: 1 serving is approximately 1/2 cup (see below for measurements).
1 cup of rice and 1.50 cups of water for 2 people
2 cups of rice and 2.50 cups of water for 4 people
3 cups of rice and 3.50 cups of water for 6 servings.
- Rinse the rice well, till the water is no longer cloudy (three times is normally sufficient), and drain. Heat the water in a kettle, or if using a stock, in a saucepan.
- In another saucepan, on medium heat, melt some butter and add the rice. Brown the rice on medium heat while stirring with a spoon till it is nicely toasted and the butter is absorbed.
- Add the boiling water/stock and salt, and stir once. Turn the heat down as low as possible, cover and cook for 10 minutes (until the water is absorbed).
- Once cooked, turn the heat off and keeping the lid on, allow to stand for a further 10 minutes.
Fluff with a fork and serve.