In Chinese culture, many festivals are celebrated by food like rice dumplings, moon cakes, etc. In China, ancestors are offered delicious food as a symbol of sacrifice. In Chinese culture, it is believed that after the death of someone, their spirit continues to live in the afterworld. Chinese people make them happy by honoring them with food.
Rice is considered the foundation of many recipes in Chinese cuisine. Making rice is the first thing you need to learn to get your grip over Chinese cuisine. A beginner can easily mess up cooking rice either they would turn out to be sticky or undercooked. But, once you know the tricks, it will be easier for you to make a perfect bowl of rice every time.
Let’s share a few tips and ways on how to cook rice flawlessly using different mediums.
Tips for cooking Rice on Stove
Learning a way to cook rice is like mastering a skill. Once you know a way to make flossy, perfect rice, you will repeat the same trick every time you make it again. White rice or any other kind you prefer—is a staple in multi dishes, therefore knowing a way to build flawless stovetop rice yourself is a vital talent.
Follow the given below tips and steps to cook rice on a stove like a pro.
- Wash your rice: First things first, rinse your rice thoroughly to remove any dust, pesticides, or starch that is present in your rice. Rinsing rice will remove starch, and it will prevent your rice from becoming gooey or sticky.
- Water to Rice Ratio: pay close attention to this tip. While cooking rice go for a 1:2 rice to water ratio. Various types of rice acquire different ratios, but the most common ratio to follow is 1:2 for white rice.
- Boil water and Add Rice: Make sure when you add rice to any of your utensil you are cooking it in, the water should be bubbly hot. You do not want your rice to be mushy, so make sure you add rice when the water is boiling hot.
- Stir Rice: Once you have added rice to the hot boiling water stir it once without applying pressure. This will help in spreading your rice evenly, so they get an equal amount of heat and steam.
- Cover with a lid: use a tightly fitted lid to cover your rice pot so that the moisture locks in and does not escape.
- Let it simmer: lower your flame at this point and let your rice simmer for about 15 to 18 minutes.
- Do not uncover your rice pot: do not stir or uncover your rice pot while the steam is still in there. Let the steam do its job and avoid checking your rice again and again.
- Remove rice pot from heat: Now gently remove your rice pot from flame and let it cool down for 5 minutes. Avoid stirring the rice abruptly; this shall break the rice grains, making them gooey.
- Fluff rice with a fork: gently fluff your rice with a fork to separate your rice grains from becoming sticky. Serve it right away if you wish to eat it hot.
- Folded towel on top: if there is some time left before you serve the rice uncover your rice pot and place a folded towel over it. The towel will absorb any excess moisture, and you will have your flawless rice.
How Much Rice Do You Need For 1 Person Serving?
The quantity of rice you need to have for one person serving is almost about half a cup (1/2 cup). But this depends on you some people prefer less and some more. If you are hungry and want a full bowl of rice, increase the quantity. We are talking about the proportions of uncooked rice here. Rice doubles in size when they are cooked so, keep that in mind.
What is Rice to Water Ratio?
The most important thing to consider while cooking rice in the water to rice ratio. This where most people get it wrong and mess up the entire process of cooking rice. The rice to water ratio is different for various types of rice. Like for 1 cup of simple long grain rice, you will need 2 cups of water. For 1 cup of brown rice, you will need 2 ½ cups of water. If you want to make 1 cup of sushi rice, you will need 1 ¼ cups of water.
Some rice need longer or shorter cooking time as well. So make sure you change your quantity measurements as per the requirements.
How Long Can We Keep/Store Rice?
The best thing about rice is that they go with almost all dish types and can be stored for about 5 to 6 days in a fridge or refrigerator. In the freezer, you can keep them for up to 20 to 24 weeks.
Can We Freeze Cooked Rice?
Since the rice can be stored and used for a long time. They do not lose their taste and texture, and they can be frozen up to 24 weeks or 6 months. Make sure to freeze them in an airtight container once they have cooled and have no steam left.
How can we reheat our rice?
There are different methods and ways of reheating your frozen or cool rice. You can do it either by warming them in a microwave or on the stovetop. Rice can dry up very soon so while you are heating you rice add some drops of water to the rice container and heat it then. This will give you soft and moist rice.
Reheating Rice in a Microwave
To reheat the rice in the microwave, take a glass bowl or a shallow bowl or any microwave-safe plate. Add your rice to the bowl and fluff it off using a fork and add a few drops of water to it. Then heat it for 2 to 3 minutes.
Reheating Rice on The Stovetop
To heat your rice on a stovetop, put your rice into a pot or saucepan and drizzle a few teaspoons of water over it. Turn the flame to low and cover your pot with a tight lid. Stir a few times and then remove the rice pot from the fire and enjoy your warm rice.
Reheating Rice in a Skillet
To reheat your rice in a skillet spread your rice over it and break any lumps with a fork or wooden spoon. Turn the heat on and add a few drops of water to moisten it up. Stir occasionally for about 5 minutes and then take your rice off the stove.
Many people have trouble making plain white rice or steamed rice. They often end up making gooey, sticky, or undercooked rice. Following a few tips like not stirring your rice while cooking them and using a tight lid to cover your rice pot for proper steam makes things more comfortable, and you end up making flawless rice. One good thing about rice is that they can be stored for a few weeks and can be reheated in different ways using microwaves, skillets, or stovetop.