Is it weird that I love plain white rice? When I say plain, I mean rice boiled – that’s it. I like the taste of good quality rice. I’m not talking about Uncle Ben’s boil in bag, I’m talking a good basmati or Thai jasmine rice. When it’s cooked well, they’ve got a very unique flavour that is amazing. I know that rice nutrition is next to zero but I would eat it every day if I could.
My husband thinks it’s weird that when I finish a meal at a Chinese restaurant, I actually take a spoon and eat the remaining rice from the bowl. If there’s no more rice left, I’ll order a bowl of plain rice just for me to eat. OK, I recognize this is a bit weird but hey, that’s me.
Rice, although it seems simple, is notoriously hard to get right. My friend Gail, who is the queen of microwave cooking once taught me how to make rice in the microwave (yeah you can actually do that). She made it seem absolutely simple until I actually tried it. The one step she neglected to share with me was that you’ve got to turn the microwave to 50% power (really important step). When I opened the microwave, I had a bowl of hard, black, glassy goo. Not only did I discover that it is possible to char food in the microwave, but I also learned that burnt rice really stinks and the smell doesn’t go away for months. Needless to say, I never tried that again and I perfected making rice on the stove.
So here are a few ways with rice because, although I love plain rice and can eat it everyday, I’m probably the only non-Asian person that can say that.
Preparation: 1 minute
Cooking time: 20 minutes
1 cup white rice
2 cups water
Rinse rice under cold running water until the water is no longer cloudy. Add rice and water in pot and place on high heat. Once rice is boiling, stir, cover pot tightly with lid and reduce heat to low. Do not remove the lid and allow to cook for 15 minutes (this is a good time to get other parts of your meal started). At 15 minutes check to see if the rice is cooked and water is absorbed. If the rice appears wet, place the cover back on pot and continue to cook for 5 mints more. At this point, if there is still water waiting to be absorbed, remove the pot from the heat and remove lid and let stand. The rice will continue to absorb the water and any excess will begin evaporating.