How To Cook Parboil Rice

Rice Cooker/Steamer Method

  • Most packaging has an instruction on how to cook rice using the rice cooker or steamer because this is the preferred way. The rice cooker can detect when the rice is cooked and will just automatically turn itself off preventing you from overcooking it.
  • You can add all the right proportions of the ingredients. Then 2 cups of water to 1 cup or rice into the vessel before turning it on.
  • Cover the rice cooker and wait for 15-20 minutes for the rice to cook.
  • When the rice is fluffy, serve it while it’s hot.

Stovetop Method

  • Add the right amount of water (2 ½ cups) into the saucepan.
  • Set the saucepan on top of the burner and wait for it to boil. It will usually take 15-20 minutes for the water to reach a full boil. When the water is in full boil, add 1 cup of rice and constantly stir it. Set the heat to medium-low to prevent overcooking.
  • Add some butter or oil to taste better
  • Allow the rice to boil for another 15-20 minutes until it gets fluffy enough to eat.

Microwave Method

  • Add 2 cups of water and 1 cup of rice in a 3-quart microwaveable container. If you prefer, you can add 1 teaspoon of salt and butter.
  • Make sure to cover the container and cook it for 5 minutes at maximum heat.
  • After 5 minutes, make sure to reduce the heat to 40% and let the rice cook for another 20 minutes until all the water is absorbed.

Pro Tips for Cooking the Perfect Parboiled Rice

  • It all starts with the rice grain. While there are many types of rice, not all of them are the same. Choose the good quality long grain parboiled rice to get that good separation. The short-grained variety is usually starchy and will give you that sticky result.
  • Wash the rice well to remove all the excess starch. Remember that it’s the starch that makes the rice sticky and removing a lot of it at the washing stage will already ensure that you will get a well-separated grain.
  • Soak the rice for 30 minutes to ensure a fluffy result. Make sure not to soak it too long because you will also damage the grain. Soaking time varies with different varieties of rice but 30 minutes is the accepted average.
  • Boil the rice in a rapidly boiling water. While stirring is important, avoid over doing it because it will break the grain and you will have sticky rice issues in the end.
  • After five minutes of rapid boiling, test the texture of the rice. If the rice grain breaks into three parts, reduce the heat to medium-low and allow the rice to cook to a fluffy consistency.

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