As rice is part of our daily meals, it can become cumbersome to always have cooked rice in the home kitchen. It is economical and nutritious to cook as well. The process to prepare rice and cook it, can become tiresome! So I was looking at buying a new rice cooker as in the past many have not worked and I had to dispose of it. I wanted one with a ceramic bowl and with a long term guarantee. Not so easy, as I have been searching the internet. Instead I came across a post from one celebrity chef who cooks everything in the microwave, so I have decided to utilise my microwave and found a recipe for cooking rice quickly. Here is the recipe

1 cup of rice – wash well till water is clear

Add 1 plus 1/4 cups of water and a pinch of salt.

Place in a microwaveable container with lid, pyrex dish with a glass lid. Stir through.

Microwave for 5 minutes on high. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before removing lid.

Remove lid and stir lightly with a fork.

If its too dry, add a little more water, stir through and microwave for a further 2 minutes.

As a tip – 1 cup uncooked rice can feed upto 2 adults. If you need to increase the amount to 2 cups, use the same ratio of rice and water. Keep in mind the size of your cooking container to allow for the rice to cook and expand as well.

With a variety of rice grains – Jasmine, Basmati, long grain, short grain, you will need to adjust the amount of liquid you add to cook with and the result – either the grains will be soft or grainy.

Also its a good idea to stir through cooked rice to separate the grains, while it is still hot.

With microwave cooking, the benefits are a reduction of cooking time and washing up extra dishes, as you can cook and serve from the same container.

Steamed rice can be used to serve with curries, stir fried meat and vegetables, dhal or made into a fried rice, rice pudding, rissoles, etc.

The cost of rice is quite economical as a small quantity can feed many people starting from $4 per kilo to less (depending which country you live in). 1 kilo of rice fills about 6 cups of uncooked rice.

I hope you find this recipe helpful!