Perfect fluffy rice with crispy base

Each nationality has its own method of preparing rice, perhaps because the rice is cooked to suit the type of sauces that it is eaten with. When I was growing up in Iran, we always had light and fluffy rice with gorgeous crispy base of bread or potatoes. The rice was always accompanied with delicious spicy sauces and/or with a variety of kebabs.

This recipe is for plain rice, it is light and fluffy and if you get the timing right, the grains should be beautifully separated. In future recipes, I'll introduce you to other flavours to add to your rice.

 



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FLUFFY RICE INGREDIENTS

This recipe is a generous quantity for two. Adjust the ingredients according to the number of people you're cooking for.

120g (4.2 oz) basmati rice per person
1/2 tsp salt
40ml vegetable oil
1 thin slice of bread - In this recipe I'm using home made bread with seeds. Use any type of bread you wish.

 

The ingredients

The ingredients

Left:Soak rice for at least an hour. Right: soaked rice rinsed and put in a pot to cook

Left:Soak rice for at least an hour. Right: soaked rice rinsed and put in a pot to cook

Put the rice in a bowl and soak for at least an hour. The more the rice is soaked the faster it cooks. At this stage the water is quite cloudy. Rinse the rice three or four times until the water is clear(ish). Choose an appropriate pot, suitable for the amount of rice you've soaked. Put the rice in the pot and cover with at least two/three inches of water above the top level of the rice.

Add the salt and one desert spoon of the oil, then bring to boil. Because the rice is already cooked, it should not take more than 3-4 min to cook. After 3 minutes, try a few grains of rice, they should have a slight bite to them. In other words, soft on the outside and very slightly chewy in the centre. DO NOT over cook, it will get mushy and sticky. The rice will cook further later on when steaming.

Rinse rice under cold water

Rinse rice under cold water

When you've tested the rice as above, remove immediately from the heat and rinse under cold water to stop it cooking further for now.

Put a desert spoon of the oil at the bottom of a non stick pot (choose the size of the pot depending on the amount of rice you're cooking). Place the thinly sliced bread at the bottom of the non stick pot. Here I'm using a rice cooker, but the recipe works perfectly fine with a good quality non stick pot.

Add the rinsed rice to the non stick pot. Pour over a spoonful of the oil.

With the handle of a wooden spoon or any round but thin spoon handle, create a few breading holes in the rice. This allows the steam to circulate through the rice. Wrap the lid of the pot in a clean tea towel and place it over the pot. Cook for 3-4 min on high heat and as soon as some steam is formed inside the pot, reduce the heat to very low and cook for 20-25 min.

Heat up a large flat dish bigger then the diameter of your pot. Place the dish on the top of the pot and turn it upside down. The rice should come out like a cake and the bread at the bottom of the pot should be golden and crisp.

Serve with your favourite sauce or indeed BBQ of your choice.

This recipe will have a crispy bread base. You can also use very thinly sliced potatoes instead of bread. Both are great and provide a bit of crunch/bite to the meal. I am cooking for 2 in this recipe. If you are cooking for more, you'll be using a larger pot, therefore use enough bread to cover the base of the pot.

 

ENJOY...


RECIPE WITHOUT PHOTOS


FLUFFY RICE INGREDIENTS

This recipe is a generous quantity for two. Adjust the ingredients according to the number of people you're cooking for.

120g (4.2 oz) basmati rice per person
1/2 tsp salt
40ml vegetable oil
1 thin slice of bread - In this recipe I'm using home made bread with seeds. Use any type of bread you wish.

Put the rice in a bowl and soak for at least an hour. The more the rice is soaked the faster it cooks. At this stage the water is quite cloudy. Rinse the rice three or four times until the water is clear(ish). Choose an appropriate pot, suitable for the amount of rice you've soaked. Put the rice in the pot and cover with at least two/three inches of water above the top level of the rice.

Add the salt and one desert spoon of the oil, then bring to boil. Because the rice is already cooked, it should not take more than 3-4 min to cook. After 3 minutes, try a few grains of rice, they should have a slight bite to them. In other words, soft on the outside and very slightly chewy in the centre. DO NOT over cook, it will get mushy and sticky. The rice will cook further later on when steaming.

When you've tested the rice as above, remove immediately from the heat and rinse under cold water to stop it cooking further for now.

Put one desert spoon of the oil at the bottom of a non stick pot (choose the size of the pot depending on the amount of rice you're cooking). Place the thinly sliced bread at the bottom of the non stick pot. Here I'm using a rice cooker, but the recipe works perfectly fine with a good quality non stick pot.

Add the rinsed rice to the non stick pot. Pour over a spoonful of the oil.

With the handle of a wooden spoon or any round but thin spoon handle, create a few breading holes in the rice. This allows the steam to circulate through the rice. Wrap the lid of the pot in a clean tea towel and place it over the pot. Cook for 3-4 min on high heat and as soon as some steam is formed inside the pot, reduce the heat to very low and cook for 20-25 min.

Heat up a large flat dish bigger then the diameter of your pot. Place the dish on the top of the pot and turn it upside down. The rice should come out like a cake and the bread at the bottom of the pot should be golden and crisp.

Serve with your favourite sauce or indeed BBQ of your choice.

This recipe will have a crispy bread base. You can also use very thinly sliced potatoes instead of bread. Both are great and provide a bit of crunch/bite to the meal. I am cooking for 2 in this recipe. If you are cooking for more, you'll be using a larger pot, therefore use enough bread to cover the base of the pot.


SOME USEFUL INFORMATION

I'm very fond of rice and the smell of cooking rice always takes me back to my childhood. This article provides information on advantages and disadvantages of eating rice. In my opinion, everything in moderation is good for you.