Last night we had a Young Women's activity where Larissa from Mexico taught us how to make some native dishes. Part of her enchilada recipe (which I lost- ah!) included rice. Her rice cooking method stunned me and led to the entire group giving their methods for cooking rice- all different! I remember watching Dad make rice once in CA and being amazed by his method as well. So, how do you cook rice? I want to know.
Here is how Larissa did it last night: She put the rice in a big pot with olive oil, stirred the rice around to coat it with oil and then let it fry for a while on medium heat. When she was satisfied with the frying of the uncooked rice, she filled the pot with water (2:1 water to rice) but her last cup of liquid was thick tomato sauce (!!) then she put about a cup of salt in, stirred only the top, as not to disturb the rice, and made us all test the water from the spoon to see if it was salty enough (uh...yeah!) She waited until it all came to a boil, turned the heat to low and covered it until whenever.
Here is how I make rice: First, I usually only use Basmati rice and I mix half brown and half white. I rinse the rice until the water runs clean (put the rice in a pot, fill with water, stir stir stir, drain, repeat until the water is clean) then put the cooking water in, some salt maybe some broth, sometimes herbs, and always butter. Then I turn on the rice cooker and wait for it to tell me the rice is cooked :).
Seriously- how do you cook rice?