I love rice, and it seems to go with any cuisine from Chinese to American. Making rice takes real skill, as just anyone can’t do it.
You start with a good quality rice. Don’t be fooled by those imitation off-brands on the market. The best rice is Basmati and it comes in all varieties. Jasmine rice, of any kind, is really good for you too. It has a lower fat content, and it’s great with those who are trying to watch their waistline.
The best way to configure your rice is 12 ounces of water per every cup of rice. So, if you had 3 cups of rice, you would need 36 ounces of water.
For every cup of rice, you need 1 tablespoon of butter. Margarine works fine too, but real butter gives it a much better taste.
To that you want to add about 1 teaspoon of salt per every cup too.
The recipe should read, 1 cup of rice, 1 tablespoon of butter, and 1 teaspoon of salt with 1 ounces of water.
The pan you cook in has just as much to do with the end result as the rice product. A ceramic cooker is best and will enhance the flavors, and it must have a lid. Metal pans work too, but they seem to give the rice a different flavor altogether.
Time to cook
Turn the rice on high and cook until you see the water begin to simmer.
Once you see the water simmering, reduce the heat to low and cover it with a lid.
This part is very important. You want the rice to sit for 20 minutes and steep in the warm waters.
It is vital that you don’t remove the lid to sneak a peek, as the steam will escape.
Once you have allowed it to set for 20 minutes, remove the lid and allow the steam to escape, be careful this will be hot and can burn you.
The final touch
Stir the rice just one time, no more. Put the lid back on for an additional five minutes.
After the rice has sat, it should be the perfect consistency. You will notice how amazing the flavor is. The professionals always use butter and salt to enhance their rice. This little secret is never revealed on the back of a bag, it’s something you learn through trial and error. It’s one of the best ways to make incredibly flavorful rice
Don’t be afraid to experiment with some unique seasonings to further enhance an already great rice. It can be used for chicken or with some exotic Asian cuisines, or sometimes it’s good just having a bowl with some soy sauce. This recipe will make you popular with your friends when you serve the rice like only a professional chef can.