Steamed Rice

Steamed rice – a regularly made item in every Indian kitchen.

Rice is an indispensable part of our diet. Whether it is dal rice, curd rice or rice with some gravy, we need to cook rice on a regular basis. Cooked rice also forms a base for lemon rice, tomato rice, mango rice and various fried rice dishes.

Rice can be cooked in a pot or a pressure cooker. Rice can be cooked in a pot in 2 ways. One method is the draining method, where the water is drained after the rice is cooked. In this method, there is no precise water measurement as the water is drained after the rice is cooked. Another method is where the rice is cooked until the water is completely absorbed by the rice. In this method, the ratio of rice to water is 1 : 2.

Let us have a look at all the three methods of cooking rice

1st method – Cooking rice in a pressure cooker

Ingredients

½ cup rice
1 cup water

Wash and soak rice in water for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, drain the water and transfer soaked rice to a pressure cooker. Add double the quantity of water. Add salt if required. Pressure cook for 2 to 3 whistles. Open the pressure cooker after the steam has fully escaped.

Steamed rice

2nd method – Cooking rice in a pot (Draining method)

Ingredients

1 cup rice
4 to 5 cups of water

Wash and soak rice in water for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, drain the water and keep aside. Heat 4 to 5 cups of water in a pot. Allow the water to boil. When the water starts boiling, add the soaked rice. Cook on low to medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes or till the rice is cooked. Add salt if desired. After the rice is cooked, place a strainer over a large bowl and drain the water from the rice. Steamed rice is ready

 

3rd  method – Cooking rice in a pot (Absorption  method)

Ingredients

½  cup rice
1 ¼ cups of water

Wash and soak rice in water for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes, drain the water and keep aside. Heat water in a pot. Allow the water to boil. When the water starts boiling, add the soaked rice. Cook on low heat till the water is fully absorbed and the rice is cooked. Add salt if desired.

Notes 

Adding of salt while cooking rice is optional. I do not add salt while cooking rice.

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