Fluffy rice is the texture of rice pilaf, and it’s nice to make fluffy rice for a lovely side dish to any meal. PBS Test Kitchen is a television show that tests recipes to get them just right then shares the secrets with the TV viewers. This process takes a bit more work but the extra time needed is worth it!
Step 1: Decide what rice you want to cook. Choose a long grain rice that you like, such as basmati, which is a delicious, fragrant rice.
Step 2: Decide how much rice to cook. This is the amount of dry rice you want to cook, such as 1 cup of dry rice. Measure the rice.
Step 3: Rinse the rice. Place the rice in a bowl and add several inches of water to cover the rice. Swirl the rice with your hands. Much of the starch in the rice will be released as shown by the cloudy water.
Step 4: Strain the rice pouring out all of the water.
Step 5: Rinse the rice several more times until the water is clear. Usually four rinses does the trick. Let the rice drain.
Step 6: Measure the water to cook the rice. Ignore the rice package directions that say to use a 2 to 1 ratio (such as 2 cups water to 1 cup of dry rice). To get fluffy rice, use a 1.5 to 1 ratio. That is, use 1.5 cups water for 1 cup of dry rice.
Step 7: Cook the rice according to the time listed on the package directions.
Step 8: Remove the pan from heat. At the end of the cooking time, remove the pan from the heat and take the lid off. Place a clean kitchen towel on top of the pan and replace the lid. The towel will absorb excess moisture from steam that usually lands on the lid and drops back down in to the pan of rice. Let the rice rest for 10 minutes.
Step 9. Fluff the rice and serve.