How to cook rice

How to cook rice is something that baffles so many people. In the end they often just buy it ready-cooked (usually white) by which time its nutrient value has plummeted and it’s likely had unnecessary stuff added to it, not to mention the price of it.

Once you know how, cooking rice is a breeze and you’ll wonder why you avoided it for this long.


Serves: 2 • Prep time: 2 mins • Cook time: 20-30 mins • Easy 
Ingredients
  • 150g* wholegrain long grain rice. Wholegrain basmati, jasmine rice or wild rice are all great.
  • full kettle of boiling water.
*We suggest 60g for inactive females and 90g for inactive males. Increase by a third if you are a hard exerciser.
Instructions
Wash the rice under cold running water, in a colander or sieve.

Put the rice in a large pan, big enough to allow the rice to expand to about double its original size. Pour boiling water over it to about 2cm above rice level.

Bring it to the boil on the hob, then put the lid on and turn the heat down to low.

Cook with the lid on (don't take it off), for approx 20 minutes (wholegrain), until there’s still a slight bite to the rice when you test it. Note: White rice will only need 10 mins. 

When it's cooked do not pour any water over it.

Leave covered and off the heat for a minimum of two minutes and a maximum of twelve minutes. When you’ve finished preparing the rest of your meal you will have lovely fluffy rice ready to go!

Another method is to use your microwave. Again wash the rice and place it in a microwave-proof bowl, pour boiling water to 2cm above rice level, put the lid on and microwave for 12 mins for white rice and a bit longer for wholegrain.

Alternatively, buy a rice cooker!
Nutrition info
Wholegrain rice is a rich source of nutrients and fibre. In particular it provides manganese which helps the body to produce energy and maintain a healthy nervous system. Selenium is another of its highlights, aiding thyroid function and immunity. It's a great source of phosphorus for healthy cell function and strong bones as well as magnesium for nerve function regulation. Wholegrain rice retains the rice grains' outer layers which hold the nutrients and provide fibre for healthy gut transition.

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Rice is great if you’re hungry and want 2000 of something.
Mich Ehrenborg
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