Guess what, you may be cooking Jasmine Rice incorrectly the whole time! You need LESS water than regular white rice to make it fluffy rather than gummy. Read more to know the tips of making the best Jasmine Rice for you and your family!
1. Use Less Water
Majority of the people are unaware that jasmine rice is softer than most white rice, which means you’ll need less water to cook it so it’s soft and fluffy on the exterior rather than sticky.
While ordinary rice is prepared with 1.5 cups of water per cup of rice, jasmine rice need to use only 1 1/4 cup water (the guideline for white rice is 1 1/2 cup water to 1 cup rice).
2. Don’t rinse your rice!
Even if you don’t rinse your rice, it will be fluffy if you use 1 1/4 cup of water for every 1 cup of jasmine rice. Rinsing results in a barely noticeable increase in fluffiness. Only rinse if you get your rice directly from a rice farm. If you buy rice in shiny plastic packets from the shop or retail store, it should already be clean — and with less starch.
But if you can’t break your asian habit, you can follow these steps:
- Fill a bowl halfway with water and add the rice.
- Drain after swishing with your hand.
- 3–4 times more – the water will never be fully clear.
- Drain in a colander and cook according to the recipe.
How to cook Jasmine Rice?
- Combine water and rice in a saucepan and bring to a rapid simmer over high heat. The entire surface should be rippling, with bubble edges and white foam
- Cover and reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 12 minutes. Do not open the lid! Allow the rice to finish cooking for 10 minutes. If you skip this step, the grains will be damp or wet in the middle and slightly hard
- Use a rubber spatula or a rice paddle to prevent the grains from splitting apart or breaking as Jasmine rice is softer than most white rices.