Sunday, December 02, 2007

How to Make Rice

I have observed that a lot of people who are perfectly capable at most cooking don't know how to make rice. I love making it, because the way I do it is incredibly easy and turns out perfectly every time. I always make basmati rice, because that's what I like best, but these instructions were originally developed for "ordinary" rice. You can adjust all of the ingredients proportionally if you want to make more or less rice.

In a 1 1/2 to 2 quart pot, boil:

2 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1 pat/glob of butter

Once it comes to a boil, dump in:

1 cup of rice

Immediately cover with a lid and set the stove on the lowest heat setting. Set a timer for 20 minutes. After the timer goes off, it's ready to eat!

Isn't it beautiful?

Here is my rice again with some delicious fake hamburger glop and green beans that my mom made this evening. Yves soy ground round stir fried with a couple of eggs and onions is very tasty, indeed. Yes, as my readers may have noticed, carbohydrates seem to be my specialty.


  1. Wow -- that's the first time I've ever heard of boiling the water before adding the rice! Out of curiosity, I did a quick Google of rice-cooking methods and I didn't find any that worked like yours. But if yours works, bully for you! (And your diners.)

    One year in college, my housemates and I had a great eating co-op. We often had rice and everybody made it reasonably well except for ME. I will spare you the details of the horrid stewing/stirring/inspecting method I used to get the rice to a gloppy pile of done. The short of it was that I come from an Asian family. We all have automatic rice cookers and people younger than 50 never needed to learn how to cook rice on a stovetop. I can do it now, but I prefer the automatics. Next time I cook on a stovetop, I'll try your method.

  2. I've just never made rice any other way. My mom just provided me with the instructions when I started cooking and they've served me very well. It's so easy that I've never felt the need to buy a rice cooker despite people's (who have never eaten my rice) telling me that I simply have to have one. :)