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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

I Hate Rice!!!

So I used to think I hated rice!  Turns out what I really hate is short, white, sticky, instant, bland rice.  What I love is well prepared, well seasoned, well flavored rice.  So here is my full proof method:

First, use Basmatti rice.  It is a longer grain and takes 20 minutes to cook but so much better than Minute Rice.  Second, in place of water, use chicken broth.  1 cup rice, 1 can chicken broth, some vegetable oil and 20 minutes is all you need.

Put a little vegetable oil in the bottom of a non stick 2 quart saucepan.  I don't measure this, just one twirl around the pan but if I had to guess I'd say it is around 1/2 Tbsp.  Next, turn the heat on high and add 1 cup of Basmatti rice.  Stir it to coat with oil and cook on high for about 2-3 minutes, don't walk away or let it burn, you will hear a little popping noise but we are trying to toast these rice kernels and add some flavor so that is okay.  When the rice starts to look a little translucent on the ends dump in your chicken broth.  Since the pan and rice are already very hot it will just take a minute or two until the broth is at a nice boil.  Now, cover that pot, turn the heat as low as it will go and let it sit for 20 minutes.  That's it.  I guarantee you will have yummy perfect rice every time and it is a great base for things like fried rice.....which is coming at you tomorrow!

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