Utterly foolproof rice

Utterly foolproof rice

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(16 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins - 20 mins


Serves 4
You can't go wrong with Sara Buenfeld’s foolproof rice recipe

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  • a mugful of American long grain rice (about 200g/8oz)


  1. Fill a roomy saucepan with water, bring to the boil and tip in a heaped teaspoon of salt – the water will bubble furiously. Pour in the rice, stir once and return to the boil, then turn the heat down a little so that the water is boiling steadily, but not vigorously.

  2. Boil uncovered, without stirring (this makes for sticky rice) for 10 minutes. Lift some out with a slotted spoon and nibble a grain or two. If they’re too crunchy, cook for another minute and taste again. They should be tender but with a little bite.

  3. Drain the rice into a large sieve and rinse by pouring over a kettle of very hot water. Leave to drain well, then tip into a warm serving dish. Serve the rice as it is, or fork through a little butter and parsley to jazz it up.

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19th Jun, 2008
Buy a rice cooker. You will get perfect rice with no fuss or effort, and it keeps rice warm for hours.
12th Jun, 2008
Wash the rice to remove the starch. I usually do 2 - 3 times with any variety of rice, be it basmati or Thai Jasmine and it makes a great difference when it is cooked.
11th Jun, 2008
Should the rice be washed before it's cooked? I use Thai Jasmin rice everyday and it cooks the best when it is thoroughly washed before cooking.
23rd May, 2008
Atlast, my rice comes out perfect - thank you!
19th Apr, 2008
I've struggled to make good rice at home. I followed this, and made the best rice i've ever made! Excellent.
6th Feb, 2008
If you put a lid on and simmer for 2 mins then turn off the heat and leave for 10mins its even better.you'll be helping with saving energy as well
15th Jan, 2008
Finally a way of stopping my rice from sticking together like glue! Although next time I will definately be using a non-stick pan to cook this rice.


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