How to Cook Rice

Rice is a staple food and is an important part of many people’s diets, it can be an excellent alternative to potatoes or pasta.

An important thing to remember when working with rice is that it should not be reheated therefore it would be recommended that only an amount which is going to be used at the time should be cooked. Uncooked rice contains spores of a bacterium called Bacillus Cereus which can survive during cooking, if left unattended in warm rice, it can germinate into a bacteria which can cause food poisoning.

Serve rice as quickly as possible after heating and do not store cooked rice at room temperature.

The cooking process of rice is simple. There are many brands and some will recommend a time which their brand should take to cook.

Rice needs to be soft and fluffy when it is served and this will usually mean cooking it for around 20 minutes in boiling water. If the rice still feels or appears solid after this time, it will need to be left a little longer, possibly adding extra boiling water if the rice has absorbed all of the water.

It is easy to see when rice is cooked because it looks fluffy.

Tips to make it different include adding a few drops of milk or cooking in half milk and half water. This way, any liquid left over can then be used as a milk gravy.
Adding herbs and spices to rice can make a lot of difference. For a very basic dish, a sprinkling of parsley will suffice. For something more adventurous, you could add cinnamon, thyme, garam masala or any other herb or spice.

A nice finishing touch is to sprinkle dried mint or add one or two fresh mint leaves to the finished dish.

Rice can be served as an accompaniment to many meals and makes a very simple meal when served with poached fish. Rice can also be made into a meal itself by simply adding ingredients to the pan as the rice is cooking. These ingredients can be absolutely anything. A favourite of mine is cooked with mushrooms, apple and Cinnamon. It tastes great and can be served as a satisfying meal on it’s own or as an accompaniment to meat or fish. As a meal on it’s own, it makes an excellent filling meal suitable for vegetarians and vegans and the ingredients can be altered to suit anybody’s personal taste.


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