What is the best way to cook long-grain rice?
In a medium saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, combine rice, 1½ cups water, and ½ teaspoon salt and bring to a boil. Stir once, cover, and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 18 minutes. (Do not lift the lid or stir!)
What is the ratio of long-grain rice to water?
A 2-to-1 ratio, liquid to rice, produces soft, tender rice. Chewier rice will result from using a 1-to-1 ratio, or from adding a bit more water. I usually go with a 2-to-1 ratio for cooking a long-grain rice like basmati.
What is the secret to making good rice?
The Classic Method
- Rinse the rice.
- Use the right ratio of water. Add 2 parts water and 1 part rice to a large pot.
- Bring the water to a boil. Once it’s boiling, add a big pinch of salt.
- Maintain a simmer.
- Cook without peeking or stirring.
- Let the rice rest covered.
- Fluff the rice with a fork.
Why is my long-grain rice mushy?
Mushy or soggy rice is simply overcooked rice that has absorbed too much water. Water over-absorption causes the rice grains to split open, ruining the texture and creating a starchy, gummy result.
Does long-grain rice need more water?
It is important to remember that white rice can come in different forms, and as white long grain rice is thicker than short grain rice, it will inevitably need more water.
Why is my rice always mushy?
Does long grain rice need more water?
Why is my rice always gummy?
When rice turns out gummy or clumps together, it’s generally a sign that there was a lot of extra starch coating each of the grains before they were cooked.
Why is my long grain rice sticky?
When the now starch-coated rice hits the boiling water, the starch blooms and gets sticky. As the water is absorbed, and the rice grains get closer and closer together, they will begin to stick to one anther and form large clumps. The very simple solution is to rinse.
Should I stir rice while cooking?
Don’t do it! Every time you lift the lid, you’re letting steam out and lowering the temperature within your pot. Rice also doesn’t need stirring while it’s cooking. In fact, stirring rice while it’s cooking can break up the grains and have you end up with a pot of unappetizing mush.
Why is my long grain rice mushy?