Simple and delicious steamed rice makes the perfect canvas for a variety of flavorful dishes.
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If you really want to learn how to cook, then you need to practice the concepts taught in this lesson. We've compiled some "edible exercises" along with some supporting recipes that will help reinforce what was taught in this lesson.
Your first exercise is to steam one cup of plain white jasmine or basmati rice. Follow the recipe below. Bring the rice and liquid to a boil. Reduce the heat to the lowest setting and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Remember to set a timer and walk away – no peeking! Once the rice is done, make sure to rest it as shown in the lesson. Gently fluff and enjoy.
Next, infuse some flavor and make the Cardamom & Cumin Infused Basmati Rice (below). Try an alternative method of cooking by baking the rice in the oven. Place the rice into an oven proof dish. Bring the ingredients in Step 2 to a boil, pour over the rice and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Bake in a preheated 350° F (or 175° C) oven for about 15 to 20 minutes. Let rest, fluff and serve.
Lastly, make some brown rice. Instead of using plain water, use stock for extra flavor.
Now that you know how to cook the perfect rice, make a special dinner for your friends and family. Pick one or two of the dishes below. Keep in mind that you might want to keep the rice fairly neutral in flavor so it pairs well with the robust flavors in many of these dishes.
Also note, if you love rice, you might want to invest in a good rice cooker. It really makes for fool-proof rice cooking.
The steaming and boiling method can also be used to cook a variety of grains.
In partnership with:
Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver