Rice cooker, which is a wonder rice maker, is effective and also easy in its operation. These appliances make cooking rice easier as they auto shut to warm mode after being cooked. No hassles of watching it all the time. In this article we will discuss how to cook rice in a rice cooker without encountering any issues of burned rice or ruined appliance.Follow the below steps for a successful and perfect cooking in a rice cooker:
Measure the rice according to your need using a cup (which usually comes with the rice cooker) and place it in the cooking utensil that is given in the rice cooker. Some rice cookers come with inbuilt utensil while some have the removable kind of bowl/pot. One cup of rice (uncooked) will provide about one and a half cup to about 3 cups of cooked rice. This again depends on the rice variety. One cup is about 240 ml. Since cooked rice expands, make sure that there is enough space at the brim. This shall avoid any spilling over of the rice. Rinse the placed rice once or twice to avoid any pesticides, contaminants and herbicides.
Smaller rice grains can be eradicated if you feel the rice can clump together, but this is not essential. Pour water and stir well while rinsing and let the rice submerge. Then let it stand for a minute and drain the water such that the rice doesn’t fall out. Either a sieve or a hand can be placed to avoid this. Depending on the dirt and color of water, washing can be done once or twice until the water appears clear. Do not overdo it. Measure the water depending on the rice measurement. Depending on the rice variety, water amount is added. There are graduated marks present in the interior part of the rice container that provides you the water amount. Even rice bag provides the water amount or ratio.
Below are some rice varieties and their water amounts in ratio of rice is to water:
White long grain rice: 1 cup rice: 1 3/4 cups of water
White, medium grain – 1 cup rice: 1 1/2 cups of water
White, short grain – 1 cup rice: 1 1/4 cups of water
Brown, long grain – 1 cup rice: 2 1/4 cups of water
Parboiled- 1 cup rice: 2 cups of water
Basmati or Jasmine- 1 cup rice: 1 1/2 cups of water
Soak if required for 30 minutes, but again this is not essential. Add flavorings like bay leaf or olive oil or salt, which is again optional depending on what you are cooking. Check for any rice grains sticking to the sides and let them submerge in the water for even cooking.
If it is a removable container, dry it from outside and place it in the appliance. Close the lid. Plug in the power cord and then switch on the cook option. Some provide options depending on the rice variety. If you have that, switch on accordingly. Options can be studied from the guide obtained with purchase.
Push the cook button and once it is cooked, the shut off auto button switches to warm or off mode with a click. This again depends on the type of rice cooker. You can switch off after a minute or so. Do not over warm it as the rice may tend to become dry. Keep the lid closed for 15 to 20 minutes before serving. This is optional.