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The secret to perfectly cooked rice

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Rice. The humble grain that most now take for granted, but was once a treasured and integral part of society. Used through out history as currency, at weddings, and even to symbolize the link between Heaven and Earth in Asia, it has constantly provided a valued staple.

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Almost half of the world's population eat rice as part of their main diet, and that number is set to increase by 50 percent before 2030. And there is good reason for this.

Regular consumption of rice (especially the brown, black and wild varieties) has shown to help manage blood pressure and hypertension, improve cardiovascular health, and may assist in preventing cancer, Alzheimer's and other debilitating diseases. That is on top of its long lasting energy supply, cholesterol free goodness and extremely affordable price tag.

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There currently over 40,000 different types of rice (a little too much for this writer to tackle), so we will take a look at fool-proof cooking tips for the major varieties.

Quantity
Rice swells to yield at least three times its original weight on cooking, so getting the right quantity of dry is essential. The recommended serving size of rice per person is 1/2 cup (75-100g) cooked, so one cup dry can serve up to six people.

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Absorption method
The absorption method can be used for all rice types and is generally the simplest way to achieve flawless, fluffy rice. In this method a certain quantity of water is used, and all should be absorbed when complete.

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Rinse rice thoroughly under running water.
Combine one cup of rice with 1 3/4 - 2 cups water in a medium saucepan and bring to the boil.
Reduce to a gentle simmer and cover with a tight fitting lid.
Continue to simmer for ten to fifteen minutes, or until all the water has absorbed.
Remove from heat and allow to sit for at least five to ten minutes before fluffing and serving.

For cold use
If the rice is to be used in cold salads or served cooled, complete the steps above, but after leaving to sit, rinse under cold running water before use. This helps to naturally cool the rice down and prevent sticking and congealing.

Sushi rice

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Who doesn't love some good sushi? Making your own can be a fun and healthy way of enjoying this Japanese delight, but cooking the rice just right will greatly determine the outcome!
Make sure to purchase specially marked 'sushi rice' from your supermarket or Asian food store.
Rinse rice thoroughly under running water.
Combine one cup of rice with 1 1/2 cups water in a medium saucepan and bring to the boil.
Reduce to a gentle simmer and cover with a tight fitting lid.
Continue to simmer for ten to fifteen minutes, or until all the water has absorbed.
Remove from heat and allow to sit for at least five to ten minutes before seasoning with rice vinegar, sugar and salt before using.

Cooking rice no longer has to be the anxiety-inducing exercise it once was. By following our tips above, you will surely blow your family and dinner guests away!

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How have these tips worked for you? Have any insider ideas yourself? Let us know in the comments section below!

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If you Squeeze of fresh Leon juice as the boiling in the water with rice It will seperate and not stick together ?Lee
Wow! Didn't know that leehi!
The trick is to saute the rice in a little butter or oil until it's translucent, then cook as per normal, turn the heat off and leave the lid on a couple of minutes before the recommended cooking time is up and allow it to sit for 5 or more minutes. Perfect rice is the result!
Great addition Clare! I'm vegan so I would be opting for the oil method, but I will be sure to give that a try next time!
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