For the lovers of long grain rice, jasmine is one of those fragrant options that you should definitely give a try. This rice has always been a great alternative for me whenever I can’t access regular white rice, and this is all thanks to its nutty flavour and a fairly sticky texture. When it comes to preparation, it’s flexible enough in that you can make it using quite a number of cookware just as you would with white rice.
However with rice, we know that you have to be extra careful with the cooking steps you follow in order to have the best outcome. With that being said, you can also cook jasmine rice using a rice cooker, but with that, you have to do it properly, prompting the need to share with you these tips on how to cook jasmine rice in a rice cooker.
Steps on How to cook jasmine rice in a rice cooker
Before proceeding any further, please note that the steps we’re going to highlight revolves around cooking with three basic ingredients, that is: Your jasmine rice, water and salt. You can cook jasmine rice in a rice cooker by just following these three easy steps:
Wash the rice
Many people tend to skip this part, but if you want a perfectly-cooked jasmine rice, I recommend that you wash the rice properly. This helps remove dirt and starch present on the grains, which is what in turn makes the rice fluffy and tasty after cooking. To wash the rice, place it in a large bowl, then cover it completely with cold water.
Once covered, gently agitate the rice with your hands for about 3 minutes. You should be careful when moving your hands in the water so that the rice doesn’t end up broken in the process. The main aim here is to end up with fairly clear water, something that’s not achievable with just a single wash because the water will still be cloudy.
You’ll therefore have to rinse it, but first you have to strain the dirty water, rinse the bowl you were using before proceeding for the rinse. You might have to repeat this process two or three times, until you’re certain that the water is clear. After the final rinse, strain out the water and shake the rice to ensure that excess water is removed.
Get the cooking started
Place your clean jasmine rice in the rice cooker’s pot, then pour clean and cold water over it. When it comes to measurements, jasmine rice calls for the ratio of 1:1 when cooking in a rice cooker. Therefore, it’s important to mark the item you used to measure the rice, so that you pour cold water in equal measures.
The number of cups to use is relative in regards to the number of people to serve, however with jasmine rice you don’t need much because a single cup can make 4-6 servings. For seasoning, you can add in your salt, then stir with a wooden spoon for it to blend in properly. This is however optional, depending on what your needs are. Thereafter, seal it in with the lid and let it sit for an hour as it soaks.
This will in turn give it a good texture once cooking is done. After pre-soaking, power up the rice cooker and get the cooking started depending on what the manufacturer’s instructions are. A number of rice cookers are designed with pre-set settings configured in such a way that the rice cooker will be automatically powered off depending on what you keyed in. However with jasmine rice, let it cook for about 25 minutes
Finish it up
Once you’re certain that cooking is done and the rice cooker is powered off, leave your rice in the pot for about 15 minutes, ensuring that the lid is equally intact as you let the rice sit. After that, use your wooden spoon to mix up the rice a little bit in order to remove moisture that could still be lingering in the rice.
This also spices up the fluffy texture you’ll feel when it’s feeding time by separating the grains individually. When serving, it’s best to use a spatula so that not even a single grains is interfered with for perfect presentation purposes. It’s also best that you enjoy your jasmine rice while warm, the same which can go well with any meat as the main course.
Right there you have it people, cooking jasmine rice in a rice cooker is just that simple.
In addition to the steps on how to cook jasmine rice in a rice cooker that we have seen, you can also get creative in your own way to have an outcome that suits your needs. With this, you can also try using a microwave rice cooker or a pressure cooker depending on what you have in your kitchen. The only thing you should have in mind is that whatever means you use too cook your jasmine rice, just make sure that its unique texture and aroma doesn’t get lost within the preparation process.
That is the only way to ensure that you and your loved ones get to enjoy this great white long-grain rice from Thailand. One thing with a good rice cooker is that it can also double up as a slow cooker, saving you from buying the latter which can be quite costly. This means that you should only pick from the best rice cooker brands, a variety of which you can find here.
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