How to Cook White Rice?

Hello and welcome! One of the staple foods in most American households is white rice. White rice is cheap, easy to cook, and a great source of carbohydrates for many people. As a result, it’s become as common in America as bread. However, white rice isn’t nearly as healthy as brown rice. It doesn’t have nearly enough B vitamins or iron to offset the fat that it contains and it lacks special nutrients provided by the bran layer on brown rice like gamma-tocopherols and phytochemicals that help reduce oxidation.

White Rice

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Step by step guide on how to cook white rice

  • Measure rice. One cup of uncooked rice yields about three cups cooked.
  • Add rice to a saucepan with water. For each cup of rice, add an additional tablespoon for added flavor so that the water covers the rice by one inch. If you would like some other flavor to your rice (like vegetables), you can use a combination of both measurements.
  • Add salt and any other seasonings, herbs or spices at this time to give your white rice more flavor. You can add items like chicken broth, bouillon cubes or powder, scrambled eggs, minced bell peppers and onions, green peas, and even noodles for variety!
  • Bring mixture to a boil over medium high heat. Watch closely because the rice will cook in a very short time.
  • Turn off the heat, cover and let it sit for 15 minutes without removing the lid. After this time check to see if all of the water has been absorbed. If it hasn’t, add a bit more.

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That’s it! This quick cooking method works well for white rice with no special ingredients added. If you would like to prepare some brown rice you’ll need to use a different method. This involves soaking the rice overnight or for about 8 hours before straining and boiling it until tender, about 40 minutes.

FAQs about rice

Does rice make you fat?

  • It does not directly make you fat. But it surely helps in the whole phenomenon of weight gain.

How much rice should I eat on a daily basis?

  • You should be eating 1 cup of brown rice per day and 3 cups of white rice per week. Anything more than this can harm your health.

How do I measure rice?

  • Measure out any type of rice in a measuring cup by pouring the required amount of rice into the measuring cup and then leveling it off with a sharp object (like the backside of a butter knife). This prevents you from mingling additional ingredients like salt or pepper with your food while seasoning it.

How long does rice last?

  • Once opened, rice will last for about 3 months if kept in its original packaging and stored in a cool and dry place. Brown rice lasts longer than white rice because only the husk is removed from brown rice, protecting it from spoiling as fast.

Why does white rice turn yellow when cooked?

  • This happens because of a chemical present naturally in all grains called lysine. It is harmless and non-toxic so there’s no need to be alarmed. The discoloration won’t affect the taste of your food either. You can still use it for making fried rice or other dishes.