Coconut rice is an authentic Asian-style side dish. A simple way to add flavour to your favourite curries or stir fries is to serve them up with this fragrant side dish. Why serve with plain white rice when you can easily add flavour with this simple side.
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By using an exact quantity of water, cooking rice using the absorption method (also sometimes called steaming) retains the flavour of the rice. Rinse rice in a sieve under cold running water, running your fingers through the rice to help dislodge the surface starch until the water runs clear. For 1½ cups (300g) uncooked white or brown rice, bring 3 cups (750ml) water for white rice or 3½ cups (875ml) for brown rice to the boil. Add a pinch of salt, then the rice. Return to the boil; cover with a lid. Reduce heat to very low. Cook white rice for 10 minutes and brown rice for 30 minutes. Remove from heat; stand covered for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork. The pan must have a tight-fitting lid for this method to work. If the lid is loose, seal the saucepan with foil or wrap the lid in a tea towel to prevent the steam from escaping.
Types of rice
All rice is long-grain, medium-grain or short-grain. Within these three types, there are many variations – brown rice, white, red, black, fragrant, sticky, creamed rice, firm-cooking and more – that all take slightly different times to cook.