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How to Cook Rice

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How to Cook Rice

  1. Wash.
  2. Drain.
  3. Cool water.
  4. Boil.
  5. Cover.
  6. Separate.


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How to cook rice

Knowing how to cook rice will ensure that you have the perfect texture and consistency to compliment you focal point of your dish. A technique that is far too often neglected, cooking rice perfectly takes a little vigilance. Long-grain or basmati rice should be light and fluffy when perfectly cooked. This ‘how to’ shows you the ropes.

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1- Wash. Wash the rice in cold water until it runs clear.

2- Drain. Drain the rice and put into a medium saucepan.

3- Cool water. Pour in water so that it covers the rice by 1.5cm/5/8in. Add a generous pinch of salt.

4- Boil. Bring to the boil and then reduce the heat so that the water is simmering.

5- Cover. Cover with a tight-fitting lid.

6- Separate. White rice will cook in 10-12 minutes. When ready to serve, fluff the rice with a fork to separate the grains.


For a little colour to your rice and some subtle flavouring, try boiling in a little turmeric or paprika.


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