How does the rice cooker work? 

In this brief article, we will answer the question, “How does the rice cooker work?” time required to cook in a rice cooker, the amount of water to be used, and steps to cook rice in the rice cooker.

How does the rice cooker work?

Rice cookers work by adding boiling water into the cooker along with the addition of uncooked rice. The boiling water makes the uncooked rice softer and tastier to consume.

Rice cookers also work automatically as in you do not need to worry about the water boiling over.

What is the time required to cook rice in a rice cooker?

The time required to cook rice would depend on the amount and type of rice that you cook. 

A Rice cooker though can detect the amount of rice being cooked and switch it off automatically. Generally, it would take approximately 20-30 minutes to cook rice in a rice cooker.

How much water should be added to a rice cooker?

The amount of water that needs to be added to the cooker to cook rice will again depend on the type of rice and the amount of rice being cooked.

Given below are the amounts of water that need to be added depending on the type of rice.

Type of riceAmount of water that needs to be added to the rice cooker
Long grained white rice1 ¾ cup
Long grained brown rice2 ¼ cup
Parboiled rice2 cup
Medium grained white rice1 ½ cup
Basmati1 ½ cup
Short grained white rice1 ½ cup

If you are planning to cook quinoa, you would require 2 cups of water to cook it.

How to cook rice in a rice cooker?

Follow the simple steps provided below to cook rice in a rice cooker.

  • Measure the amount of rice that you need to cook. Add the rice to a bowl.
  • Rinse the rice thoroughly with water to remove the excess impurities and starch present in them. You can rinse the rice till the water turns clear if desired.
  • Add the rice inside the pan of the rice cooker. You can place a rice napkin to help in cleaning up quickly.
  • After adding the rice, add the required cups of water depending on the type of rice and the amount of rice that has been added to the cooker.
  • Keep the pan of the rice cooker inside the cooker. Close the top of the cooker. If you wish to add any spices, oil, or salt you can add them now.
  • Turn the cooker on after plugging it in. Many cookers would have a light in front of them which would light up when the cooker is turned on.
  • When the light of the cooker has turned off, you can be ensured that the rice cooker has finished cooking the rice. Sometimes, the cooker might also beep or the switch might flip up by itself to indicate that the rice has finished cooking.
  • Let the rice rest for 15 minutes in the cooker. You can press on keep warm mode in the cooker. This would help in removing the remaining moisture present in the rice or evaporate the water present in the rice.
  • Using a rice paddle, serve the rice.

Does rice need to be washed before placing it in the cooker?

Yes, it would be better to wash the rice before adding it to the cooker. This would help in removing any impurities present in the rice. If the rice has been fortified with vitamins or minerals, you might need to check the package of the rice to see whether it can be washed or not.

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What are the benefits of cooking rice in a rice cooker?

  • Cooking rice in a rice cooker will provide you with fluffy rice. Many a time when rice is cooked with water, it turns mushy and sticky but cooking it in a rice cooker would not turn the rice mushy and make it non-sticky too.
  • If you wish to prepare rice in bulk and are struggling with it, the rice cooker comes in handy. This can be of great use especially when you have to prepare meals in a jiffy for guests or friends.
  • You need not worry about your rice being over-cooked or undercooked in a rice cooker. The rice cooker stops automatically after cooking rice.

Conclusion

In this brief article, we have answered the question, “How does the rice cooker work?” time required to cook in a rice cooker, the amount of water to be used, and steps to cook rice in the rice cooker.

References

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