The absorbed method uses a specific ratio of liquid to rice. Use a heavy-bottomed pan with a tight fitting lid. The heavy bottom distributes the heat evenly and prevents a scorched bottom and burned rice. The tight-fitting lid keeps in the steam, essential to infusing the rice with moisture and gelatinizing the starch.
Most white rice varieties cook perfectly with a ratio of two cups liquid to one cup rice. Basmati rice needs one and three-quarter cups liquid to one cup of rice and brown rice two and one-half cups liquid to one cup rice. Rice expands to about three times its original size and one cup raw rice makes three cups cooked rice, so use a pan according the size of the cooked rice.
The method is easy. Simply bring the cooking liquid and a pinch of Kosher salt to a boil, stir in the rice, return to the boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and cook, without peeking, for the specified time on the package. Because steam is a part of the cooking process, it’s important not to remove the cover until the rice is almost done, check at the minimum cooking time. Continue cooking a few more minutes if there’s still liquid in the bottom of the pan.
Cooking rice with the absorbed method doesn’t mean you can add flavor. Before bringing the water to a boil, saute aromatics in a little oil or butter, add herbs and/or spices and then follow the recipe. A simple yellow rice dish only needs a pinch of turmeric stirred in with the rice.
For this blog I used Carolina brown rice (a long-grain rice). I served a lemon chicken with it and because the sauce was so flavorful, I made the rice plain, pouring the sauce over everything. I used a roasted chicken stock, which is why the sauce is dark.
Bring water and salt to a boil.
Measure the rice.
Stir in the rice.
Return to the boil.
Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook according to package instructions.
- 1 cup rice
- 2 cups cooking liquid
- pinch Kosher salt
- Bring water and salt to a boil.
- Stir in the rice.
- Return to the boil.
- Reduce the heat to low, cover and cook according to package instructions.