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How to cook rice step by step

by Aklima Akter Rumee

Cooking rice is not that difficult if you know the right tricks. Follow our step-by-step guide to cooking perfect rice every time. You will also see how easy it is to cook different kinds of rice like arancini, red, and black, as well as soaked and sprouted versions. If you are wondering how to make perfect boiled or steamed rice, this article can help you as well. Armed with these simple tips on how to cook rice perfectly every time and a few insider secrets, you’ll be enjoying perfectly cooked and fluffy white rice in no time at all!

Change the water and rinse your rice

The first thing you should do when cooking rice is to change the water. This removes any impurities that might be present in tap water. You don’t need to change all the water, just the amount that is required for the rice you’ll be cooking. The standard ratio is 1 cup of water for 1 cup of rice. You should also rinse the rice with water before cooking it. This removes the excess starch from the rice, which can otherwise make the rice sticky during cooking and make it clump together. The rice will be less sticky and fluffier, which is exactly how we want our rice to be!

Don’t use too much water

This might sound counterintuitive, but it’s important to use the right amount of water when cooking rice. Too much water in the pot will result in soggy and sticky rice, while too little water will result in undercooked rice. When cooking white rice, you should use one part rice and two parts of water for each serving. For example, for one serving of rice, you would need two cups of water. Make sure to use enough water so that the water level is above the level of the rice in the pot. When cooking other types of rice, the ratios are slightly different. Arancini rice, for example, should be cooked with one part rice and one part water. This is because arancini are smaller than white rice and has a higher starch content.

Use a small pot and a heavy-bottom pan

The size of the pot and the material of the pan you use to cook the rice will affect the way the rice turns out. Small pots are ideal for cooking rice because the rice will be surrounded by water and not by air. If the pot is too big, the water will evaporate more quickly and the rice will be drier. Plus, if the pot is too big, the rice might stick to the bottom and burn more easily. Similarly, the material of the pot is important. Cook the rice in a heavy-bottom pan, as this will prevent the rice from burning or sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Use the right kind of rice

You might assume that any kind of rice will work when you are cooking rice, but this is not the case. Not all types of rice are created equal: they have different amounts of water, textures, and flavors, which is why some rice varieties should be used for certain dishes. We’ve compiled a list of the most common types of rice. Make sure to use the right kind of rice for the right dish! Besides the right cooking method and the right type of rice, there are a few more things you can do to make sure your rice is fluffy. Avoid overcooking the rice. If you are cooking white rice, stop the cooking process as soon as the rice is done—the center of the rice should be slightly soft but not mushy. For other types of rice, you may require a longer cooking time.

Using a spoon to lightly stir the rice

There are three main ways to cook rice. Whether you use a rice cooker, a pot, or an oven to cook the rice, you need to make sure that you stir the rice occasionally. This is important for a few reasons. Firstly, it will help you to determine when the rice is done—you can easily see if the rice is still wet or if it has turned into a solid mass. Secondly, stirring the rice helps to distribute the water and steam evenly throughout the rice. This means that the rice will be more evenly cooked and won’t be too mushy in some spots and undercooked in others. Finally, stirring the rice helps to prevent the formation of clumps. This is especially important when cooking white rice, as certain techniques can result in sticky rice.


Cooking rice is not difficult if you know the right techniques. The first thing you should do is change the water, as this removes any impurities that might be present in tap water. We also recommend using a small pot and a heavy-bottom pan, as well as the right kind of rice. You should also use a spoon to lightly stir the rice, and avoid overcooking it. These are just a few tips that will help you to cook perfect rice! These tips and tricks will help you to make sticky rice, regular rice, or any other rice dish perfectly. We hope you enjoy your perfectly cooked rice!

Cooking rice

Serves: 4 Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 68 calories 20 grams fat
Rating: 5.0/5
( 2 voted )


  • 1 to 2 cups rice (depending on the type)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (not necessary)
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