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Traditional Rice Cooking Guide

Traditional Rice Cooking Guide

, by saikat dutta, 2 min reading time

White rice is a staple food in many cultures around the world. It's versatile, affordable, and relatively easy to cook. However, achieving the perfect fluffy texture can sometimes feel like a mystery. Fear not! This guide will walk you through the simple steps to cook delicious white rice on the stovetop every time.


  • 1 cup white rice (long-grain, medium-grain, or short-grain)
  • 1 3/4 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon butter or oil (optional)
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  1. Rinse the rice: This step removes excess starch, preventing the rice from becoming sticky. Place the rice in a fine-mesh strainer and rinse under cold running water for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until the water runs clear.
  2. Combine the ingredients: In a medium saucepan, combine the rinsed rice, water, and salt (if using). Stir gently to ensure the rice is evenly distributed.
  3. Bring to a boil: Place the saucepan over medium-high heat and bring the mixture to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer: Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot tightly with a lid, and simmer for 18-20 minutes, or until all the water has been absorbed.
  5. Rest and fluff: Remove the pot from the heat and let it rest for 5-10 minutes, still covered. This allows the remaining water to be absorbed and the rice to finish cooking. Finally, fluff the rice with a fork and serve.
  6. Optional step: For added flavor and richness, stir in a tablespoon of butter or oil before serving.


  • Use the right ratio of water to rice: This is crucial for achieving the perfect texture. The general rule is 1 3/4 cups of water for every 1 cup of rice. However, you may need to adjust slightly depending on the type of rice you are using.
  • Don't lift the lid while cooking: This allows the steam to escape and can result in unevenly cooked rice.
  • Use a heavy-bottomed pot: This helps distribute heat evenly and prevents scorching.
  • Experiment with different types of rice: Each type of rice has its own unique texture and cooking time. Explore and find your favorite!

With these simple steps and tips, you'll be able to cook fluffy, delicious white rice on the stovetop every time. Enjoy!

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