Cooking Rice Without a Rice Cooker

99% of the time I have cooked rice, I have used the trusty rice cooker.  I mean, what’s not to love?  Just wash the rice, pour in enough water and hit the COOK button.  Rice gets cooked and stays warm till it’s time to eat.

However, when we moved to Massachusetts about a month ago, the hotel room did not have a rice cooker readily available; and since most of my family members will want to eat rice every so often, I had to find a means to cook rice without a rice cooker.

Here’s how I did it:

  1. Measure 1 cup of rice and wash it as normal.
  2. Pour into a medium saucepan/pot and add 1.5 cups water.  If I use 0.5 cups of rice, then I use roughly 0.75 cups of water, adjusted accordingly. (1 cup of rice is enough to feed 2 adults and my 2 kids)
  3. Leaving the saucepan/pot uncovered, bring the rice and water to a boil under medium heat.
  4. As soon as it boils, turn the heat down to low and cover the saucepan/pot.
  5. Leave it covered or opened slightly for about 10-12 minutes.  I had to periodically check on it to avoid spilling or overcooking.
  6. Once it looks like the water is all gone, take it off the stove and leave to cool for 5-30 minutes.
  7. Stir the cooked rice to fluff it and serve!

We have not bought a rice cooker here yet though, but we’ve survived one month without one, and that’s something, huh? :)

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