The secret to cooking light and fluffy rice every time

Dec 16, 2019
Cooking rice to perfection can be a little tricky if you don't know what you're doing. Source: Getty

If you’re looking for the perfect rice method that will give you light and fluffy rice every time, look no further!

We all know that rice can be tricky to cook. Far too often, cooking a pot of rice at home ends in disaster, and you end up with gummy, porridge-like rice. But, once you’ve got the technique down pat, it’s also very easy.

So here’s how to do it. The trick to a perfect pot of fluffy rice is ratio, Adelaide-based chef and SunRice ambassador Poh Ling Yeow told Starts at 60. “The rice will stick together if too much water has been used,” she explained.

Generally, the sweet spot for cooking white rice is one cup of rice to one-and-a-half cups of water. For rice varieties, such as brown or black, the rice to water ratio is one cup of rice to two cups of water.

To cook, Yeow said to simply combine the rice and water in the saucepan, stirring to make sure no grains are clumped together. Once boiled, immediately reduce the heat, and cover and cook for another 10 minutes.

“Then let the rice rest for 15 minutes, still covered before fluffing up with a spatula or fork,” she explained — that way, your rice won’t be clumpy.

Rice is tasty enough on its own, but with a few simple tricks you can punch up the flavour. Before adding water, Yeow said to toast the rice in the pot with a little bit of oil or butter. Once the grains are coated and start to toast, take it a step further by adding some aromatics, like garlic or ginger into the pan.

Yeow explained this trick not only makes your rice taste great, but also stops it from clumping together.

You know you’ve stitched up when the bottom of the pot is covered with burnt grains. To stop the rice from sticking, always use a non-stick surface, Yeow advised. She recommends using a medium to large non-stick saucepan.

If you cook a lot of rice with your meals, or if you’re time poor, then a rice cooker is a must-have, just make sure to dig out your manual and double check the instructions before you begin. “My favourite way to cook rice is using a rice cooker,” Yeow explained. “I love the convenience of being able to walk away and focus on preparing the rest of the meal.”

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