- White rice
- Measure the Rice: Use a measuring cup to measure the desired amount of rice. The standard ratio is 1 cup of rice to 2 cups of water, but this can vary depending on the type of rice you’re using, so check the package instructions.
- Rinse the Rice (Optional): Some people prefer to rinse their rice before cooking to remove excess starch. Rinse the rice under cold water until the water runs clear. This step is optional and depends on personal preference.
- Combine Rice and Water: In a saucepan, combine the measured rice and water. Add a pinch of salt if desired.
- Bring to a Boil: Place the saucepan on the stove over medium-high heat. Bring the water to a boil.
- Reduce Heat and Simmer: Once the water is boiling, reduce the heat to low and cover the saucepan with a tight-fitting lid. Simmer the rice for about 15-20 minutes, or until the water is absorbed and the rice is tender.
- Let It Rest: After cooking, let the rice sit, covered, for an additional 5-10 minutes. This allows the residual steam to continue cooking the rice and makes it fluffier.
- Fluff with a Fork: After the resting period, use a fork to fluff the rice gently. This helps separate the grains.
Your white rice is now ready to be served as a side dish or as part of your favorite recipes. Remember that cooking times may vary based on the specific type of rice you’re using, so always check the package instructions for guidance. Additionally, you can use a rice cooker for a more hands-off approach, following the manufacturer’s instructions for your specific appliance.