Stepping Up Your Rice Game
Rice is an excellent staple food for college students, and indeed for more than half of the world’s population. It is super simple to make: just combine dry rice with water in a 1:2 ratio. It can be mixed with other foods or used as a side dish. With a few additions, it can also become a mouthwatering masterpiece and one of my favorite recipes, as explained below.
Add the following in order to a rice cooker or medium sized pot:
1 cup long-grain rice*. Add some water, rinse, and decant water several times, until water added is no longer cloudy - this helps avoid sticking to the pot.
The Good Stuff:
2 cups peas, carrots, or other vegetables (can be frozen)
3 Tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
½ teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon cumin seeds
4 cinnamon cloves and a cinnamon stick, or just a dash of cinnamon powder
½ Tablespoon peppercorns or some ground pepper
2 cups water.
For a rice cooker, simply press “cook” and come back in about half an hour. Turn off your rice cooker as soon as it is done cooking - keeping it on warm can cause the rice to stick to the bottom and even burn.
For a pot on the stove, bring to a boil with the lid off, then cover and simmer on low heat for 20-25 minutes.
The rice is done cooking when it has absorbed all of the liquid. Remove from heat and enjoy!
* Other rice types may be used here, but have different cooking times. In those cases, follow the instructions on the bag.