How to Cook a Pot of Rice
The Old Fashion Way
Cooking rice is really a simple task but it can be, at times, frustrating. It may take a time or two to get it right. Now days they have all the fancy gadgets like rice cookers but for the first timers I'll try to tell you how I remember the way mom used to do it when I was growing up. Believe me I'm not complaining about the rice cookers ( I use one myself ). It really does make it easier. But lets say you don't have one of them. In Louisiana cooking rice is an everyday occurrence. This is my version of cooking rice the old fashion way.
In a thick pot or sauce pan ( not too small but not too big ) add your rice. How much rice you say? Well how many Cajuns are you going to feed? Ok ok you say, as a rule of thumb put 1 part to 2 parts. That is 1 part rice to 2 parts water.
Next you add the water. How much water you say? Well enough water that when you stick your little finger in the water, just touching the rice, the water come to the first joint.
Next add salt. How much? Well I'm not going there again. I usually add 2 teaspoons of salt and a drop or two of vinegar but no more than that. What the vinegar does is makes the rice whiter.
Next you need to bring the water to a boil. When the water boils down to the level of the rice reduce your heat and cover the pot. Continue cooking the rice until the water is all gone. This usually take about 20 minutes or so.
When the rice is cooked it should kind of stick together but it should not be gluey. If that is the case then the rice was not cook enough.