Stepping Up Your Rice Game

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. 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.

  2. The Good Stuff:

    1. 2 cups peas, carrots, or other vegetables (can be frozen)

    2. 3 Tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces

    3. ½ teaspoon salt

    4. 1 Tablespoon cumin seeds

    5. 4 cinnamon cloves and a cinnamon stick, or just a dash of cinnamon powder

    6. ½ Tablespoon peppercorns or some ground pepper

  3. 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.

--Evelyn Byrd

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