Cooking Perfect Rice with Absorption Method gives us fluffy rice where each grain is separate . This is one of the easiest methods of cooking rice on a stove top .
For the very first week of this Biryani , Pulao Khichadi Festival I shall be sharing the different methods of cooking rice . These will be nothing fancy , just basic cooking methods . I am sure you guys would be wondering as to – how can anyone get away with basic recipes for Mega Marathon ! Well truly speaking I felt these basic recipes are very important , but wait, I am not going to disappoint you . I shall serve this Rice with some curry’s and sides , which will be new recipes. Of course those shall follow later. I have a introduction post where you could check my themes for the coming weeks .Day 1 Basmati Rice cooked with Absorption Method.
Basmati Rice is a type of long grain rice . This is one of the most popular rice used in Indian and Pakistani kitchens . The rice has a nutty flavor and a subtle aroma and if cooked correctly each rice grain is long and separate .
There are different methods to cook rice , each method giving us different results . With our theme Biryani , Pulao and Khichadi Festival let us first learn how to cook rice .
Before we go to any method we must learn the basics of cooking rice .
Rice needs to be washed well , till we see crystal clear water . We should lightly scrub the rice with palms and gently wash , so that the grains remain intact and do not break . The theory goes that rinsing before cooking rice removes excess surface starch and so produces a whiter, cleaner-tasting dish. With long-grain rice this makes the final product more separate and less sticky.
Soaking rice is the second step for making rice . Frankly speaking if I am short on time I do not soak the rice , but in general if rice is soaked for about 30 minutes it definitely gives you a fluffier texture and a better colour. Soaked rice turns out to be whiter than the non soaked ones . But here is a tip to make rice white in either case . Add a few , mind you , just a few drops of lemon and you shall get that sparkling white rice !
Absorption method is the best method to cook basmati rice . One measure of rice and two measures of water is the standard measurement . However it varies with organic , or brown basmati rice where you might require more water . It might vary with the heat of the gas too.
Once the water comes to a boil , salt and ghee are added , though the fat is optional . It helps the rice to separate and prevents them from sticking . It also gives them a wonderful flavour . In about 15 minutes the rice absorbs all water and now is the time to simmer the gas and use a griddle to make the heat even milder . Also the griddle helps in distributing even heat to the pot . A heavy mortar is placed as it serves the purpose of Dum to the rice and helps in cooking the rice right through . After a Dum of 5-7 minutes one can remove a grain and check with your thumb and forefinger . If you feel the rice has not cooked right through , sprinkle some water and let simmer for a few minutes . Once done fluff up the rice with a fork .
There is yet another method to cook rice with the absorption method . After following the basics of rinsing and soaking the rice we have to heat ghee or oil in a pan and roast the drained rice for 2-3 minutes and then add water in the 1:2 ratio . Rest of the method is same .
The absorption method gives us fluffy rice which are packed with flavor . One cup of raw basmati rice swells up and gives us 3 cups of cooked flavourful rice . These can be enjoyed with various curries or lentils .
One can make a variety of pulaos using this method of cooking. Alternatively you could cook the rice first and temper it with cumin , different spices or saffron.I simply added some dissolved saffron in the hot rice , which tasted heavenly with Banarasi Dum Aaloo , Arbi Masala and Bharwan Laal Mirch .
How to cook Perfect Basmati Rice with Absorption Method
1 cup basmati rice
2 cups water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp clarified butter / oil
Wash the rice five to six times , till the water is clear .
Soak the rice in clean water for 30 minutes .
Add 2 cups water to a pan and let it come to a rolling boil .
Add salt , clarified butter and the washed rice .
Let the rice cook on full flame till almost all the water is absorbed .
Remove the rice pot and place a cast iron griddleon the gas . The flame should be on minimum heat .
Place back the rice pot , cover with a lid .
Place a heavy weight on it .
Switch off the gas after 5-7 minutes .
The rice should be done .
Check by pressing a rice grain with your fore finger and thumb .
However if you feel the rice is hard , add a few tsps of water and cook for a few minutes .
Fluff it with a fork .
Here are some rice which has been cooked by the Absorption Method