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this may sound funny but, I cannot make rice, help, please

so, I need help in making rice, my rice is already too mushy, what am I doing wrong? I use 1 cup rice and 2 cups of water

TIA

Re: this may sound funny but, I cannot make rice, help, please

  • are you using the directions from the box....stove top or microwave
  • I cook on the stove top
  • every time I cook rice, its equal parts water and rice... 
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  • I use l cup rice, 1 cup water.  Pour the rice into the pan only after it has started to boil.  Be sure to cover the pot and cook for 20 minutes.  You should see little bubbles on rice when its cooked.  Do not stir.  Hope this helps
  • I use l cup rice, 1 cup water.  Pour the rice into the pan only after it has started to boil.  Be sure to cover the pot and cook for 20 minutes.  You should see little bubbles on rice when its cooked.  Do not stir.  Hope this helps

    Sorry that would be 1 cup rice, 2 cups water.  

     

  • are you letting it come to a boil first, then stirring in the rice, then putting it on low, covering it and not taking the lid off, EVER until it is done?

     

    Sometimes, my rice goes alittle longer than I think it will need to. I pick up the pot and tilt it to see if I can see any water coming from the edges, with the lid still in tact. Maybe you can try that, you don't want any water to be in there at all.

    Hope this helps! 

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  • Different varieties of rice have different water ratios and cooking time (arborio vs basmati vs jasmine etc) so check the directions in the bag.

    I usually measure and boil the water, add the rice once the water boils, then stir the rice in the boiling water for two minutes. Then I put the heat on low, cover and put the timer on for the indicated time.

     I was a terrible rice maker until I realized that the timer was essential and once I cover the rice, absolutely no peeking until it's done 

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  • Buy a rice cooker, they're not too expensive.  Also, different types of rice have different water to rice ratios. 

     

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  • If your rice is coming out too mushy, then you could be doing one of a couple things wrong:

    You could be using too much water for the type of rice. Basmati rice likes to be fried in a tiny bit of oil until translucent then add 1.5 cups of water per cup of rice. Sushi or calrose rice needs to be well washed (in a bowl, stirring and changing the water several times until it is no longer milky white) then cooked in 2 cups of water per cup of rice.

     You could also be cooking your rice too hot. Once the water starts to boil, turn the temperature down to a slight simmer and cook covered for 15-30 min or until all the water is gone. Try not to open the cover and let out the steam as the rice is cooking. I know this is hard, so just crack the lid a tiny bit rather than take the lid entirely off to check. 

     If  the rice is done and it is still too wet, open the lid, gently stir it with a fork or Japanese rice spoon, and let the rest of the water and steam escape until the rice is the consistency you want. If you stir it too much, it can get mushy, so be gentle. 

    Good luck! Try frying half of an onion, finely chopped, in the pot, then add the rice and stir well before adding water. The onion really adds another dimension.  

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