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How to Use a Rice CookerUsing a rice cooker is very easy. It usually keeps the rice warm for a long time after it is ready. One of the main advantages is that you don’t need to check up on the rice as it cooks. You can continue with your day to day routine since these electric cookers comes with an automatic timer that goes off after the rice is ready.
Probably you already knew all about this but what you are not so sure about, is how to cook the rice. Being a Sri Lankan, not knowing how to cook rice would be sad. This article aims at helping you cook rice in your rice cooker in the easiest way avoiding rice burns as well as ruined pots.
Measure the amount of rice you intend to cook with a cup and put it in the cooking pot.
The cup can fit about 180 milliliters that is equivalent to about three quarter of an ordinary cup. If the one you own does not have a measuring cup or you have misplaced it, you can just use a normal measuring cup. A cup of uncooked rice of about 240 ml will generate about one and a half cup of to 3 cups of cooked rice (720 milliliters).
This will depend on the quality of the rice. Make sure the space is enough in order to prevent spill overs.
Rinse the rice.
When you rinse the rice the broken grains will be removed and you can be sure that your rice will not clump together. So if you are one of us who prefers rinsing the rice, pour enough water into the bowl or hold it under the faucet. Make sure to stir as you add water in the process until all the rice is fully submerged. After that drain the water or you can sieve as you catch the falling rice grains.
If the water is still discolored, you might want to consider rinsing the second or even the third time. If the rice cooker you are using has a non-stick bowl, make sure to wash the rice before putting it in. You don’t want your non-stick bowl damaged because replacing one can be quite costly.
Measure the water.
Others adds flavoring in the water before they start cooking so if want to add some flavoring you can go ahead. Butter oil is the most common but of course it is optional. Make sure that there are no rice grains around the pot before you start cooking. If there is any, use some plastic or wooden utensil to move the grains back to the water. If the rice has been left on the sides of the pot, it will burn during the cooking.
Check if your rice cooker has some special options.
Cook the rice in your rice cooker.
When the switch has gone off and the rice is ready, then it is time tom remove the lid so that you can serve the rice. It is recommended that you wait for about 15 minutes before removing the lid because it usually reduce the possibility of rice sticking on the pot. From there you can go ahead to serve the rice with your favorite stew.