“Be it jasmine rice, normal rice, millets or quinoa – cook them in no time”
Making rice in a rice cooker is convenient and easy, especially if you are making large quantities of rice.
It isn’t rocket science to use an electric rice cooker… All you have to do is follow some general rules and ratios to get perfectly cooked and fluffy rice every single time.
In this article, we have provided a detailed step-by-step guide on how to cook rice in an electric rice cooker.
Note: Even if you are new to cooking, you can easily understand and implement these steps. And moreover, this recipe is fail-proof.
Before going into the main process, first let’s check out the preparation tasks.
Things Required to Cook Rice in Electric Rice Cooker:
- Rice cooker
- Rice paddle
- Measuring cup
Importance of Rinsing the Rice Before Cooking:
Rinsing rice before cooking is the best way to remove chemicals and pesticides along with excess starch on the rice. It helps to cook the rice with a perfect texture. But too much rinsing will clear off the minerals and vitamins in the rice. So, prefer to wash the rice (or any grains) 2 – 3 times.
How Much Water is Required to Cook Rice?
The type of rice you are cooking will decide the amount of water required and time to cook food in a rice cooker. In general, cooking a medium quantity of rice will take around 25 – 30 minutes.
Note: Make sure to use the right quantity of water while cooking rice, or else it will become too dry or too wet to eat.
Here is a table that lets you know how much water is required to cook 1 cup of rice (of different types) and quinoa.
|Type of Rice/Grains||Required Amount of Water and cooking time|
|Short Grain White Rice||1 ¼ cups 16 to 18 minutes|
|Medium Grain White Rice||1 ½ cups, 15 minutes|
|Long Grain White Rice||1 ¾ cups, 12 to 15 minutes|
|Parboiled Rice||2 cups, 25 minutes|
|Basmati (or) Jasmine Rice||1 ½ cups, 15 to 20 minutes|
|Brown Rice||2 ½ to 3 cups, 45 minutes|
|Quinoa||2 cups, 15 minutes|
How to Use an Electric Rice Cooker:
Till now, we came to know about the basic information required to start the process. But now, let’s get into the actual topic of how to use an electric rice cooker to cook rice in a detailed procedure.
- Take the required quantity of rice in a bowl.
- Rinse it off a couple of times to remove starch and pesticides.
- Transfer the rice from the bowl to the rice cooker pan.
- Then add enough water as per your rice type to the cooker pot.
- Wipe off the outside and edges of the rice cooker pot before placing.
- Place this cooker inside the rice cooker and close the lid/top.
- Let it soak for about 30 minutes to reduce the cooking time and to cook it perfectly.
- In case, if you want to add spices (like cardamom pods or bay leaves), salt, oil or butter to the rice. Then add it to enhance its flavor.
- Stir using a wooden utensil to remove the rice grains around the pot to water.
- Plug-in the rice cooker and keep it in cooking mode.
- Allow it to cook completely till the cooker comes to the warm mode by flipping the switch up or turning off the light or making a sound.
- Let it sit for at least 5 minutes in warm mode to remove excess moisture and to get a perfect texture to the rice.
- Use rice paddles to serve the rice and enjoy it.
Tips to Consider while using an Electric Rice Cooker:
Have a look at some of the tips to consider while cooking rice in an electric cooker.
- For every 1 cup of uncooked rice in a rice cooker, it provides 1 ½ to 2 ½ cups of cooked rice. So, make sure to leave enough space to prevent its spilling while cooking.
- Over-rinsing of the rice (more than 2 – 3 times) will remove vitamins and minerals in the rice. So, avoid too much rinsing of rice.
- Make sure that rice should submerge in the water to prevent it from burning while cooking.
- Avoid using the cooking pot/pan of the cooker on a cooktop or oven.
- Read the instruction manual carefully before operating this electric rice cooker.
- If you find the cooked rice is mushy or dry, then reduce/add water level of about 1/4 cup from next time you’re cooking to have a perfect texture.
- Always use a protective measuring while removing the hot cooking pot and never remove the cooking pan while it is in working condition.
- If the cord/plug is damaged or broken, then avoid using this appliance and unplug the cooker every time while cleaning or not using it.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Ans: Yes, it is completely safe to cook rice in an electric rice cooker. It consumes power to generate heat for cooking rice without producing any UV or other harmful rays. It improves the bioavailability and digestibility of macro-nutrients in the food. But don’t hold food in a cooker for more than 5 hours.
Ans: Although, they are burnt stains left on the inner vessel of the rice cooker. It is easy to clean those tough stains, stick – on leftovers, and burnt marks. Simply, fill the cooker with hot water and let it sit for a couple of minutes to loosen the food particles and scratch it off. Use baking soda and vinegar to remove hard or old stains on the cooker.
Ans: Electric rice cookers will look the same from the outside but the difference is the material used in making the inner pot. In general, the inner pot is made with stainless steel or non-stick coated aluminum. A few manufacturers use aluminum coated stainless steel material for making the inner pot.
Ans: The capacity of the rice cooker should match with your requirement/number of members in your family. For instance, a family of 3 – 4 members should require a rice cooker with 1 liter capacity. Whereas, 1.5 liters capacity suits perfect for a family with 4 – 5 members and a cooker with 2.2 liters capacity is best for a family with 7 members.
Cooking food in an electric rice cooker is completely safe, quick, and convenient, especially while preparing in large quantities. Hope the above information will help you to know how to use an electric rice cooker for perfect cooking.
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