Perfect Fluffy Rice
6 tips for perfect, fluffy rice, every single time.
Rinse the rice, drain, and dry with a towel.
Warm the olive oil in a heavy bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Pour in the rice and toss with a wooden spoon to evenly coat the grains. Toast the grains for 5 - 10 minutes until fragrant.
Stir the vegetable broth or water into the rice, and add the salt. This is a good time to add any other spices and herbs you're planning on for flavoring the rice.
Bring to a boil, stir, cover, and reduce the heat to maintain a low simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes without stirring.
Remove the pot from the heat, but keep covered for 10 minutes. Fluff the rice with a fork.
There's always a little variability on cooking time, as it's at least partly dependent on how dry and old the rice is. It's fine to remove the lid at the end of cooking to check on the grains. I bite into one of the top grains to make sure the rice is done, and gently nudge the rice aside in the middle of the pot, using a rubber spatula, to make sure the liquid is cooked off. If it's done, I return the lid to the pot and allow the rice to re-distribute its liquid.
For brown basmati rice, stir an additional 1/4 liquid into the rice, and allow to simmer for an added 10 - 15 minutes.
The calories are for 3/4 cup of cooked rice.