How to Boil Rice

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 Updated 17/03/2017

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When cooked correctly, long grain rice should be dry and fluffy white separate grains. It is the ideal accompaniment for curries and chillies.


  • 1 cup long grain rice
  • 2 cups of cold water
  • pinch of salt
  • saucepan with tight fitting lid
(see measure conversions for more information on quantites)


  1. Put the rice and water into the saucepan and bring to the boil.
  2. Simmer for about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat.
  4. Put the lid onto the saucepan (if it does not fit tightly, place a clean tea cloth over the pan and push the lid down over it).
  5. Leave to stand with no heat at all for about 15 minutes or until all the water has been absorbed and the rice is separate and fluffy.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 2 portions


I boil the water in the kettle first then pour into the saucepan and add the rice. It speeds up the process.
#7 - Peter - 03/16/2017 - 19:02
do i boil the water before i put it on the heat
#6 - shannon d - 11/17/2010 - 12:11
I always rinse my rice in cold water. If nothing else it takes some of excess starch (which makes for sticky rice)out.
#5 - ellie - 09/06/2009 - 05:47
can you tell me if you have to rinse rice,if you dont can you can a bad stomach pauline
#4 - pauline - 09/05/2009 - 13:47
No,no lid until you take the rice from the heat.
#3 - mary - 11/02/2008 - 10:26
so you dont put the lid on the pan while you are boiling the rice for 10 minutes?
#2 - john - 11/01/2008 - 10:37
Always use twice as much cold water as rice.For example 1 cup of long grain rice should be cooked in two cups of cold water.
#1 - Jo - 10/10/2007 - 08:44
How don't have a correct ideea about how much water should be poured in different measurements of rice? Kindly guide me.
#0 - Erum Javed. - 10/10/2007 - 00:33
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