Cooking rice

9 July 2015 / Posted in Vegetables & sides AMC Products

We are often asked how to cook rice in AMC, and when we demonstrate this easy-peasy method to a group they are always impressed. Being able to cook rice is a basic kitchen skill we often take for granted – and it's effortless with the AMC Visiotherm!

Use the method below to cook rice, adjusting cooking time and quantity of rice and water as needed. This method of cooking gives you such well-behaved rice, there is usually no need to even drain any excess water.

 

Rice

Serves 4

250 ml (1 cup) uncooked Basmati rice
625 ml (2,5 cups) water 
salt to taste

Method

  1. Place rice, water and salt in an AMC 16 cm High or suitably sized cookware. Heat over a medium temperature until the Visiotherm® reaches the first red area. 
  2. Reduce heat to lowest setting and keep unit closed during cooking process. The Visiotherm® should stay around the 12 - 2 o’clock position. Cook for 15 - 20 minutes or until rice is cooked to your liking. 

 Tips:

  • Use whatever rice you prefer for the method, keeping the ration of 1 cup rice to 2,5 cups water. Only add a little more water for brown rice and cook for 30 minutes. White rice will cook for 20 - 25 minutes and jasmine rice will be about 10 minutes.  
  • Rice expands to at least double its size when cooked. Keep this in mind when choosing cookware for cooking rice.
  • Extra flavour can be added to rice for a side dish, by cooking it in stock and not just water or by adding 1 - 2 bay leaves during the cooking process.

Rice information

  • Rice is normally categorised as long-grained rice; brown, white, basmati and jasmine rice or short-grained rice: arborio or sushi rice. 
  • Brown rice still has its layer of bran around the grain and is considered to be a healthier rice. The rice has a distinctive, nutty flavour. Brown rice needs a little more water and a slightly longer cooking time than white rice.
  • Basmati and jasmine rice are aromatic rice and delicious to serve with spicy dishes such as curries. These types of rice are high in starch and it is advisable to either wash or soak it in water for 10 - 15 minutes before cooking it. These can also be cooked until almost tender and then steamed to give a fluffy end result.
  • Arborio rice is a short-grained rice used in Italian cooking, especially risotto and puddings. 
  • Wild rice is dark in colour, with long grains, and is seldom used on its own; usually, it is mixed with other rice. It has a strong nutty flavour and is very popular in Eastern cooking, rice dishes, stuffing and salads.