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How to make the classic white rice at home with perfection forever

white rice recipe

If you’ve always thought of white rice as an easy-breezy recipe, you are wrong. Although everyone knows how to make white rice, not everyone knows how to make it just right. Most people tend to overcook it or undercook the rice, which is not the right way of cooking it. 

That is why we are here with the ultimate guide to help you cook white rice like a professional. 

The perfect side dish to all your favorite meals 

 Rice never gets old and boring. No matter how many times you eat it, you’d still want it daily. That is how good they can be. The fascinating thing about rice is that they alone are plain and bland. However, when you combine them with anything, they become heavenly bliss. Yes, you can add anything under the sun with rice to make it flavourful. Meaty foods, dairy food, lots of vegetables, even pulses. Everything you add enhances its flavor, texture, and aroma altogether.

Today, rice is eaten all across the globe with a variety of side dishes. Rice cakes, fried rice with chili chicken, and rice with grilled chicken are classic rice foods to try out. So, you can customize them without thinking twice. Apart from that, these are also easy-to-cook, serve many people together, and cooks instantly. That is why it is a staple lunch dish in every Indian household as well. Finally, you can do rice to anybody without a second thought. 

How to do it right? 

Please bring it to simmer: You have to take a utensil to cook the rice for starters. So, if you have minimal rice, you do not require a large knife. Any small one will do. So, you can adjust the size of the utensil according to the amount of rice you take. That also has a lot to contribute to how early or late it will cook. So, be careful. Once that is done, add water, salt to it and bring it to a simmer. Once the water and salt mix and they start to boil in the utensil, it is time to cook the white rice in them. Then, you add the rice to it. 

Please focus on the time: It varies from the different measurements you take. For example- a cup may take 17 minutes to cook, while more than that would take time accordingly. So, you have to keep checking. If you cover and leave it on the stove, the rice starts to absorb water in the utensil and cook. Once you fluff it with a fork is when you will get the perfect rice. So, all you have to do is focus on it being fluffy. 

Do not overcook or undercook it: Most people who do this do it because they forget about the rice. They underestimate cooking the rice. That is why they either bring it down before time or after it. As a result, most people get partially undercooked rice or even a very sticky one. So, you have to pay attention to as long as it is in the utensil. 

Reheat it right: Put the white rice in a microwave in a safe bowl. Sprinkle some water on the top and wrap a damp, thin towel over it. You do this to prevent it from drying out. If you wish to reheat it in a pot, sprinkle some water and heat it with the lid on for some time. 

Ingredients (4 servings)

  • 2 cups water 
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tbsp butter 
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice 


 Take a saucepan and add salt with water. Let it boil. You can also add butter to it now. 

When the water starts to boil, pour the rice into it. Stir it well. When the water returns to a light simmer, stir the rice once again. Cover it and turn the heat to low. Let it cook for at least 17 minutes properly. 

When the rice is cooked, turn off the stove. Let it sit for some time. Fluff the rice with a fork and let it sit again. 

Then, serve hot with your favorite main dish! 

Frequently Asked Question 

1. Can I use oil instead of butter?

 Yes, any butter substitute will do. 

2. Can I cook white rice in a Saucepan?

 Yes. It works just right in a saucepan. 

3. How many calories does it contain?

 White rice contains around 193.91Kcal.