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Cooking Plain Rice

Cooking delicious rice is easy. Follow the instruction here and you too can start to enjoy great tasting rice at home.


Washing Rice
Place the rice in a colander and put it in a bowl of water. Wash the rice by briskly stirring it with your hand. The water will become cloudy. Empty the bowl, and then fill it with fresh water.

Wash the rice again and repeat the process several times, until the water runs almost clear. Let the rice drain in the colander for 30 minutes.


* There are varieties of rice that don’t require washing. (Nishiki "Musenmai" Rice)


Cooking Rice with a pot
Measure rice and water* and put them both into deep, heavy cooking pot. Take care that the pot isn’t too big: a 18 – 20 cm pot with a tight-fitting lid is about right for this recipe.


* Please check the cooking directions on each rice packet. Based on your individual preference adjust the water; increase for softer rice or decrease for al denté rice.
Tamanishiki = 1 cup with 1.5 cups water
Nishiki, Nagomi = 1 cup with 1.25 cups water

Cook over medium heat until the water boils, then reduce the heat. Gently simmer for 20 minutes or until moisture is absorbed. Make sure that the water doesn’t boil over.
Remove the pot from the heat and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Don’t remove the cover during this time.

Fluff the rice with a damp wooden paddle. Drape a kitchen towel over the pot and cover with the pot lid until serving.



Cooking rice with a rice cooker

Measure rice and water*, put them both into a rice cooker and switch on the rice cooker.

* Please check the cooking directions on each rice packet. Based on your individual preference adjust the water; increase for softer rice or decrease for al denté rice.
TAMANISHIKI = 1 cup with 1.5 cups water
NISHIKI, NAGOMI = 1 cup with 1.25 cups water



When the rice cooker is turned off, let cooked rice stand for 10 minutes before opening the lid. This enables the heat to permeate deep inside the rice, and make it fluffy.






Gently stir cooked rice evenly with a spatula. Do not overdo it, otherwise rice will become sticky.