I thought I would contribute to the health and well being of space community with a couple of posts on cooking to get things cooked well. This first one will be on perfect microwave rice. Later posts will include how to cook and peel a perfect “hard” boiled egg. And then some on fish, seeing as New Zealand has a solid history built on fish. Hell, even our northern island is a giant fish that a god caught.
But first the rice….
So for this I use a simple microwave steamer. Very cheap, about $11 at most stores. Now the rice, the healthiest is brown rice, but I don’t like the texture, so the second most healthy choice and the one I use is basmati. If I am just making myself a snack I will use 1/3 cup of uncooked rice. For a small meal 1/2 cup of uncooked rice, and for a meal for my family one cup of uncooked rice. You should rinse this under cold water until the water runs clear. This makes for a fluffier rice. Lastly you want to add double the water you have of rice, so for 1/3 of a cup uncooked rice, add 2/3 cups of water and so forth. Then you put it in the microwave on high. Eight minutes for 1/3 cup rice, ten minutes for 1/2 cup of rice, and fifteen minutes for one cup of rice. Once it beeps, open the lid, fluff the rice up and replace the lid. Leave it to stand for the same time it was in the microwave to finish cooking.
Before adding to the microwave you can add flavour to the water. A teaspoon of sugar for sweet rice. Garlic, turmeric, or other herbs and spices. Experiment and find your perfect blend.
So to conclude;
1/3 cup uncooked rice – 2/3 cup water – eight minutes in microwave – stand for eight minutes.
1/2 cup uncooked rice – one cup water – ten minutes in microwave – stand for ten minutes.
one cup uncooked rice – two cups water – fifteen minutes in microwave – stand for fifteen minutes.
Enjoy some nice fluffy rice.