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When time is of the essence, Minute Rice is the best choice for preparing a quick and easy pot of rice. In fact, it is often called “instant rice.” Minute Rice is available in white or brown varieties.
Brown rice is the healthier option, but its flavor is stronger than that of white rice. Brown and white Minute Rice are also sold in a bag.
Both types of Minute Rice follow a similar recipe, but brown rice requires a slightly longer time to cook. This recipe is for white Minute Rice that is not prepared in a bag.
1/2 cup of rice per person
1/2 cup of water per person
Salt (to taste)
Butter (to taste)
1) Pour the amount of water required for the portion of rice into the pot. The ratio of water is equal to the ratio of rice. So, if preparing 2 cups of rice, you will need 2 cups of water. Add salt and butter to the water before cooking, if using.
2) Turn the burner of the stove to a high setting. Bring the water to a rolling boil.
3) Once the water begins to boil, pour the necessary amount of rice into the water. Stir briefly to help prevent the rice from sticking into clumps.
4) Remove the pot of water and rice from the heat and cover with a lid. Keeping the heat on can overcook the rice.
5) Let the pot stand covered for five minutes, until the rice absorbs all the water. Steam helps cook the rice. The rice will double in size, so 1/2 cup of raw rice becomes 1 cup of cooked rice.
6) Fluff the rice with a fork and serve.
Cooked Minute Rice can be used as a side or as one of the ingredients in a main dish. White rice’s mild flavor often does not overpower the taste of other dishes. It compliments meat and vegetables.
White Minute Rice can served as-is with just salt, butter and perhaps a dash of pepper. However, spices, such as cayenne, herbs, such as oregano, and cooked beans can be added to make a beans and rice dish.
Curry powder or sauce as well as vegetables, such as potatoes, peas or turnips, can be mixed with the rice to create an Indian side dish. Cold, leftover white rice can be used in fried rice recipes. Stir fry the cold rice with soy sauce, a scrambled egg and vegetables of choice.
Also, instead of cooking with water, experiment with broth, tea or a mixture or half water and half orange juice for unique flavors. The ways to prepare and serve cooked Minute Rice are only limited by your imagination.
Check out a Minute Rice ad from the 1990s:
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