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How to cook the perfect jasmine rice

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017


Rice that’s too soggy or too dry…we’ve all been there. Save the disappointment and let me show you how to cook the perfect jasmine rice, every single time!

First, make sure that you rinse the uncooked rice 3-4 times until the water runs clear. This is crucial to get rid of excess starch that makes it soggy. Add it to the saucepan/pot and it’s ready to be cooked.

But how much water do you add? Some people recommend 1 cup of water per 1 cup of rice. However, my tip doesn’t involve any measuring cups (it’s particularly useful when out camping)! Place the pan on a flat surface, put the tip of your pointing finger on top of the rice. Add water until the level reaches your first knuckle. That’s how much water you should use. This trick is quite well known in Thailand, as rice is often tilted straight from the bag into the pot without any measurement.

Tips: This only applies to jasmine rice. For other types of rice, you might have to adjust the water level. As a general rule, brown rice is thirstier than white rice.

Put the pan on high heat and cover until the water starts to boil. Give it a stir and leave to simmer on medium heat until all water has evaporated. Once done, stir it again to make sure the rice isn’t stuck to the bottom of the pan. Now it’s nice and fluffy and ready to be served.