How to Cook Rice

how to cook rice

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  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon butter or oil, optional
  • Additional spices if you desire: 1 bay leaf; 2 cracked cardamom pods; 1 clove garlic, minced; 1″ stick cinnamon; 2 slices fresh ginger; 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds


  1. Combine all ingredients in your pot and put the lid on it. Put the pot on high heat.
  2. Once the pot comes to a boil (you will notice steam and hear bubbles) reduce the heat to as low as you can go without turning it off and set a timer for 15 minutes.
  3. DO NOT open the lid. DO NOT stir the rice. Just turn the heat down and set a timer.
  4. *Tip for electric stoves: Since electric burners take a while to cool from high heat to low heat, have another burner on the back of the stove set to low so that once the rice pot comes to a boil, you can switch the pot to the low burner and turn the high burner completely off. This will help prevent burning or overocoking the rice.
  5. When the 15 minute timer dings, turn the heat off and let the rice sit for 10 minutes before fluffing with a fork and serving. You can let it sit longer, up to 30 minutes, and it will be just fine and even stay warm.


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