|Boiled White Rice
We Nigerians are known for our love for Rice.
Nigerians just love rice and I bet you’ll agree with me that fried rice and party jollof rice are more appealing to the eyes, if the rice grains are separated, ”non-sticky”, non-soggy” or one-one”(as we say it locally).
So, if you’ve never gotten it right, here’s a no-fail method I use.
– 500 gram long grain white Rice
– 800 ml water ( to parboil the rice)
– 600 ml water ( to cook the rice )
– 1 teaspoon Salt (optional)
Parboil the Rice
– First, place the clean white rice in a pot.
– Pour in the 800ml water and leave to boil. The water should completely cover the rice (twice the level of the rice is ok).
– When the water in the rice begins to boil and you notice the whitish (starchy contents) coming out of the rice,put of the heat.- Now,
run some cold water into the pot, stir thoroughly and pour the rice into a big sieve
Pour the rice back into the pot and repeat the process(that is,run more
cold water and transfer to sieve).
This process helps to rinse off the
excess starch in the rice
Tip: You can also scrub the rice with your hands if you bought the rice at the local market– Leave the rice in the sieve to strain out the remaining water.
At this stage, what you have is a ”parboiled rice”, which can be used for preparing jollof rice, fried rice or Coconut rice.– Now, pour the 600ml of water into a pot and let it boil, until it starts to bubble.
Pour in the parboiled Rice and salt, mix thoroughly and leave to boil on medium heat, until the rice is done cooking.
Tip: the trick is to make sure that the water in the pot is very hot and at the same level as the rice.
The rice should be tender without becoming soggy.
If the rice is still hard after the water has dried up, add just a little water and simmer on low, until done.
Below are some sauces/stews to go with your white rice.
* All Rice Recipes
By Nky Lily Lete
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