Cooking rice and quinoa is something it took me a while to figure out, because I always had a rice cooker. When I decided to downsize my kitchen things, I decided that a rice cooker was out, because I had to wash the same amount of dishes using it (bowl +lid) and it had limited use. It sounds silly now that I make rice in a pot all the time, but there was a long time where I rarely made rice, because I was scared of it and wasn’t sure if I would mess it up. Now I know that it’s almost impossible to mess up rice/quinoa, and I make both ALL the time in 15 to 20 min, and almost always while I’m cooking something else.
Oh, and, side note, rice is a great place to add in veggies during picky streaks or in general: shredded cooked cauliflower, carrots, zuchinni, etc. You can even easily cook rice with red lentils mixed in for a super simple no fuss meal. (just treat the red lentils as additional rice and cook accordingly)
- 1 cup white rice (basmati, preferred) or white quinoa
- 2 cups water
- pinch of salt, optional
- Rinse rice/quinoa well and drain all excess water
- Optional: for quinoa, toast lightly in pot until excess water is dried off and quinoa becomes aromatic
- Add in 2 cups water (basically always a 2:1 ratio) tilting pot around to get all the rice/quinoa sticking to the side of the pot
- Optional: add a pinch of salt and swirl around
- Cover and turn heat on high until just boiling* (if you have a glass lid, you can just see it, otherwise wait until you hear it or just take a quick peak every few minutes)
- Once boiling turn to low (ALL the way low works just fine)
- cook for 15-20 minutes without opening the lid (15 for basmati rice and 20 for quinoa, but even this timing is forgiving)
- At the 15 or 20 minute mark, open the lid and use a fork to dig to the bottom of the pot and turn some of the rice/quinoa over. If it looks pretty wet give it a few more minutes. If it's dry, turn off the heat, fluff up the rice/quinoa with a fork and replace the lid for at least 5 minutes or until ready to eat.
**This looks like a lot of instructions, but doing it a few times will really solidify all these steps and it'll just feel like rinse, bring to a boil, simmer, done.