How to make perfect white rice in 20 minutes

Many people have asked me how to make white rice? Although it is one of the most popular and easy basic recipes that exist, if you are a beginner, you may not have mastered it.

There are also those who have some experience, but the rice never has them all right. And this happens because of some error in the preparation. There is no such thing as "I have a bad hand to make cooked rice".

The technique to learn how to make white rice is very simple. If you follow to the letter my indications more you will never burn, stick to the pot, or become a caked and sticky mass. In addition, you will have it ready in only 20 minutes .

At the end of the post, after the recipe, I explain what are the properties and benefits for health that has to consume white rice home.

Also at the end is the printable version.

Step by step: how to make white rice

preparation to make white rice is simple and is as it is explained below.

Rice cooking time: 20 minutes

Proportion water rice: 2-1

The ingredients for 4 servings of cooked rice are:

  • 1 cup of white rice
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil

Preparation of white rice:

1 - Look for a medium pot in good condition to make rice. Add white rice, 2 cups of water, salt and vegetable oil, all at once. Stir a little just once and now.

how to cook white rice

2- Put the pot on high heat. It will start to boil, perfect, do not do anything.

3- After a few minutes (no more than 5), the water will dry completely. When you see that this happens, more precisely, when you see that you are about to stop boiling water bubbles on the surface of the rice, lower the heat to the minimum and cover the pot.

In the photo below I show you the exact moment in which you must lower the fire and cover:

 how white rice is made

- How to make white rice - Notice that the water has dried, but there is still moisture in the grains, and bubbles are seen on the surface.

4- Allow 15 minutes to elapse, uncover and test the grain. I should be ready now. If it is not (remember that some kitchens are less powerful), cover again for another 5 minutes. If the grain is already turned off and removed from the burner, this is critically important if your kitchen is electric, the heat could ruin everything.

5- Ready, you know how to make perfect white rice in 20 minutes . Enjoy it.
It does not matter what other recipes say. It does not matter what other people say. This is the easiest way. If you follow these steps, you will learn how to make white rice. It's going to be perfect.

Factors that can make your white rice look bad

  • An old pot that sticks to everything . Here it will not matter if you know how to make white rice, you could stick to whatever you do. Use a good pot whose size is according to the amount of rice you prepare.
  • The kitchen is too powerful or too weak. Maybe some electric cookers, even at minimum fire, generate a lot of heat. Here the solution is to monitor the cooking and remove the rice a little earlier. If the fire is very weak, do the opposite.
  • You were distracted and did not lower the fire to the rice when the water dried. This is common, it has happened to me, it can happen to anyone.Remember the measure, 1 tablespoon per cup of rice.
  • You put too much or too little water. The correct measure is 1 cup of rice, 2 of water. If you make 2 cups of rice, they are 4, if you make 3, they are 6 ... Do not alter this measure for any reason. Do not listen to anyone if they tell you that the proportion should be different.
  • You forgot to put salt on it. The latter may be intentional for many people. Like any recipe, it is something subjective, some put more others less. If you mess up the first one, correct for the next.
  • The type/brand of rice you used. There are brands of rice that are crap. Grains that break, that are never cooked, that melt. Try buying another one to see.

Important: there are other types of rice that require other techniques, for example the one called "Parboiled rice" or "vaporized rice" in Spanish, requires more cooking time. I do not use it, I do not like it. Buy the traditional one.

You will see that with these indications you will have learned how to make white rice. It will be perfect.

Refrigerate immediately everything the rice that you are not going to consume. Do not let it cool down at room temperature. You can save it from one day to the next if you want, no more than that because it starts to get hard, and always in the fridge.

Properties and benefits of white rice

In addition to Being an easy recipe, and being one of the best companions for meals, cooking white rice has a number of health benefits that make it one of the most nutritious and important foods you can include in your diet.

  • Cooked rice is a great source of energy . It is composed of more than 80% easily digested carbohydrates. By consuming it you will have the fuel you need for the day to day.
  • It also has protein (6.5%). If you eat rice, vegetables and some main protein, you will enjoy a very complete meal for your body.
  • Rice does not have gluten . It is perfect for people suffering from celiac disease.
  • Rice is good for the heart and blood pressure . It has little sodium, almost no cholesterol and only 0.5% fat.
  • It has little fiber . Boiled white rice is one of the most recommended foods to recover from diarrhea thanks to its astringent action.

Is it advisable? There is talk that it is good to consume homemade white rice, with little salt (or none at all) about 3 or 4 times a week. Of course, if you consume it more times better. Asian cultures eat it daily and you see how they tend to be thin and fit.

White rice is healthy . Include it in your daily or weekly diet, and you will see how it will do you good.

how to make white rice

Recipes with white rice

After you know how to make white rice, you can advance with the next step: use it to prepare other recipes. Here are some options:

  • Rice with Peruvian seafood
  • Chinese rice
  • Rice with sausages

Do you want more recipes where rice is the protagonist? You can learn how to make paella!

  • How to make seafood paella
  • How to make paella from Valencia

You can also learn how to make it a recipe for rice with chicken, everyone loves it!

And for dessert? Well, a traditional rice with homemade milk!

Rice: the best companion for other dishes

White rice suits almost any dish. You can make a breast, a meat steak, a pork chop, chicken in sauce, some meatballs in sauce.Stir a little.

  • Put on high heat and Let it boil for a few minutes.

  • When the water has evaporated and there are hardly any bubbles on the surface, lower the heat to a minimum and cover.

  • Cook for 15 minutes or until the grain has the consistency you want.

  • List, you already have homemade white rice and easy.

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