Know How Much Water To Add To Cook Rice Right

Fluffy rice is the goal, not a soggy mush.

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When it comes to meals, most Pinoys need rice for a meal to be complete. That means we need a bowl of rice and its satisfying heft with every meal! From the popular portmanteau "tapsilog" that marries all three components of our favorite breakfast into one word to the hearty sinigang, adobo, or nilaga we end the day with, you shouldn't end up having to waste your time cooking rice again just because it wasn't cooked right. 

It's quite easy to remember how to cook rice. If you measure your rice and your water, you shouldn't have a problem. 

Measurements are important in cooking, but even more so in baking.
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If you're just about to cook rice, the trick to measuring rice to cook is to use the same measuring cup for both your rice and your water. You need the same measurement for both so you have perfectly measured rice and water. 

The first step is always washing the rice. Washing the rice removes any dirt, rice husks, or even pests that might have mixed into the rice while it was stored. Washing the rice also removes excess rice starch so you don't end up with super sticky rice. It should be a quick rinse or two until the water is moderately clear. 

Once washed, drain as much of the water from the rinsed rice as possible before measuring the correct ratio of water to rice.          

Check out our handy little table so you know what the ratio of water to rice. You will have no trouble serving perfectly cooked rice every time with this:   

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Type of Rice Amt of Rice = Amt of Water
Sinandomeng  1 cup = 1 cup
Dinorado 1 cup = 1 cup
Whole Grain 1 cup = 1 cup
Malagkit 1 cup = 1 2/3 cups
Brown Rice 1 cup = 2 cups

However, on the off chance you do not cook rice right, there are a few things you can do. If you didn't add enough water, just add as much as 1/4 cup more water, place the lid back on, and cook it again until fluffy. 

If however you accidentally added too much water, remove the lid immediately and allow the still-hot water to evaporate and steam out of the cooker. You can partially save it this way. 

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Try any of these fantastic rice recipes that use the most common white rice varieties we have access to. Use either sinandomeng, dinorado, or even whole grain for these recipes:  

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The sticky rice, or malagkit, is important to the texture and consistency of these recipes: 

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Brown rice is naturally nutty, so it's wonderful when served with other dishes that complement that taste such as these recipes: 

Rice doesn't have to difficult to cook. What matters is that you temper the amount of water you use when cooking it so that you don't end up with a consistency that you weren't aiming for. With this handy table to check every time, cooking rice will be easy every time. 

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