Thursday, May 29, 2008

White "fried" rice

This is the simplest kind of rice, it is the base for all of the other preparations.

Ingredients (1 to two persons)
1 Cup of rice
1.75 Cups of boiled water
Oil (I prefer olive oil, but you can use your own favorite)
Salt, pepper

Boil the water, do not let it boil long just let it reach the boiling temperature.
Put the rice in a small pot and add the salt and a little bit of oil (2 teaspoons should be enough for one cup). Heat it and let it there for 2 to 3 minutes while stirring with a wooden spoon. The secred is to avoid the rice to get burn, so watch it carefully, as soon as you notice some rice grains getting really white, lower the fire and move to the next step).
The next step is to add the boiling water to the pot and put the lid on top of it. Let it cook on a medium to low fire for about 10 minutes. Try to avoid looking at the rice every minute since it will loose the pressure.
Open the lid after 8 minutes and take a look at the rice, at that point, there should be very little water and the water should be boiling. Close the lid and wait a few minutes until the water is gone. Be aware that if you wait too long the rice will burn and stick to the bottom, if you do it before time you risk the rice to be still not fully cooked.
If everything goes perfect, you should have a very nice rice that goes wonderful with almost any dish you want to prepare. For extra taste you can add a few slices of garlic to it (according to your personal preferences).

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