Here’s a handy trick on how to cook the perfect steam rice – every time.
What constitutes the perfect rice?
I guess most folks, like me would enjoy tucking into a bowl of fragrant, soft and fluffy rice. My husband used to complain that the rice I cooked was either too hard (too little water) or too mushy (too much water).
Being a busy mom, I really don’t want to spend a lot of time fretting over how much water exactly goes into the rice cooker every day.
Fortunately, I chanced upon a Facebook (FB) posting (I can’t remember the source) which had changed the way I cook rice ever since.
Hacks: The secret ingredients
The ingredients are simple and readily available in the kitchen i.e. salt and cooking oil. Salt is used to soften the rice while the oil coats the rice preventing them from sticking to each other. And the results? Soft, fluffy and grainy rice which would then bring out the fragrance of the rice.
You can use any kind of cooking oil (except olive oil perhaps due to the high heat during cooking). I used normal cooking oil and occasionally sesame oil. For the health conscious, you may even use VCO (virgin coconut oil). The other good thing about adding oil is that you won’t have that extra tablespoon of rice sticking to the bottom of the pot – common for those of us with “ageing” rice cooker…
Watch out for the water level
As for the water quantity, you can opt to measure or use the “knuckle method”. Pour washed rice into rice cooker and filled water just up to the first knuckle of your index finger. Alternatively, you can use the rice to water ratio guide embossed on the inside of your rice cooker.
When in doubt, I always use slightly less water since the salt would act as a softening agent for the rice.
Recipe for the Perfect Steam Rice
And voila! It’s really simple and you get the perfect steam rice, each and every time. Try it and let me know the results in the comments section below. Or if you have your own way of cooking rice, I would love to hear from you too.
If the rice cooker pot gets too oily, just fill it with water to the brim together with a bit of dish cleanser. Leave overnight and wash as usual the next day.
For those of you who are using brown or unpolished rice, you may need to use more water. Please adjust as per your usual practice.
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