There is no such difficulty in cooking rice with a rice cooker. It is a simple and effective way to cook rice and in fact, there is no need to keep a watch on the rice cooker as they are available with an automatic timer that alerts you the rice is ready. Many rice cookers even keep the rice warm after it is cooked.
With this article, we’ll be telling you how to cook rice in a rice cooker so that you don’t burn or spoil them and get a perfect dish.
Step 1: Measure the rice with a cup and put it in your cooking pot
Some of the rice cookers come with a removable bowl or pot while with others you can place rice directly in the cooker.
Most of the rice cookers are available with a measuring cup or scoop that can fit ¾ cup. If you don’t have one, you can use an ordinary measuring cup. Use a correct amount of rice and leave enough space for expansion.
Step 2: Rinse the rice if necessary
You should properly rinse the rice if you think there may be some pesticides, herbicides or contaminants is present. So if you have decided to rinse the rice, pour some drinking water in the bowl and keep it under the faucet. Stir while adding water until the rice is fully plunged.
Drown the water carefully so that rice doesn’t fall in the sink. Use a sieve or tip the bowl slowly to stop and catch fallen rice grains with your hands. Rinse the rice repeatedly unless and until you get relatively clear water.
Step 3: Measure the water
With most of the instruction manuals, you would be recommended to use cold water. How much water should you add surely depends on what type of rice you are cooking and how moist you want it?
Many rice cookers come with a mark on the inside to show how much water and rice you should add, or you can see instructions on the rice packet. Instead, you can use these recommended amounts depending on the variety of rice. Remember you can adjust the amount if you want your rice to be more chewy or soft.
• For white long grain, add 1 ¾ cups of water per 1 cup of rice.
• For white medium grain, add 1 ½ cups of water per 1 cup of rice.
• For white short grain, add 1 ¼ cups of water per 1 cup of rice.
• For brown long grain, add 2 ¼ cups of water per 1 cup of rice.
• For parboiled rice, add 2 cups of water per 1 cup of rice.
• For those who use Basmati or Jasmine rice, they would need less water as drier rice is preferred, add only 1 ½ cup of water per 1 cup of rice.
Step 4: Soak the rice for thirty minutes, if desired
This step is not necessary but some people prefer to soak rice for about 30 minutes to lessen the cooking time. Soaking rice may also make the cooked stickier. Try to use the amount of water measured earlier to soak it at room temperature, now you can also use this same water for cooking.
Step 5: Add flavorings, it is optional
If you want then add flavorings to the water before to start the rice cooker, only then the rice will absorb the flavors during cooking.
Many people even love to add some salt for flavors at this time. You can also add butter or oil to it. If you love to make Indian style rice, add some cardamom seeds or bay leaf in it.
Step 6: Push the rice grains off the sides and under the water level
With the help of a wooden or plastic utensil put back the grains in the water present in the pot. Rice that remains above the water surface may burn during cooking. If just in case rice or water spilled over the edge, clean it using a cloth or rag.
Step 7: Cook the rice in the rice cooker
If you have a removable cooking pot, keep the pot of rice and water in the rice cooker. Close the lid and plug in the rice cooker and turn it on. Just like a toaster click when the bread is done, the rice cooker will do the same. Most of the rice cookers, keep the rice warm until you unplug it.
Most of the high-end pressure cookers and rice cookers offer you different settings for brown and white rice, you can select according to your preferences. Don’t open the lid to check the rice because the cooking process depends on the development of steam inside the pot, so doing so may cook your rice unevenly. The rice cooker will turn off automatically once the rice is done.
Once it is done, the rice is ready to eat.