How much water for half a cup of rice?

In this brief article, we will answer the question, “How much water for half a cup of rice?” as well as how to cook rice and tips to keep in mind while cooking rice.

How much water for half a cup of rice?

For half a cup of rice, ¾ cup of water is required. The amount of water required to cook rice would vary depending on the type of rice being cooked.

Let us look at the amount of water required for 1 cup of rice.

Type of rice (1 cup)Amount of water required
White long-grain rice2 cups
White rice (medium)1 ½ cup
White rice (short)1 ¼ cup
Brown rice (medium size)2 cups
Basmati1 ½ cup
Jasmine1 ¾ cup
Sushi rice 1 ⅓ cup
Wild rice2 cups
Parboiled rice2 ¼ cup

Now that you know the amount of water required for 1 cup of rice, let us look at the amount of water required for ½ a cup of rice.

Type of rice (½ cup)Amount of water required
White long-grain rice1 cup
White rice (medium)¾ cup
White rice (short)⅝ cup
Brown rice (medium size)1 cup
Basmati¾ cup
Jasmine⅞ cup
Sushi rice ⅔ cup
Wild rice1 cup
Parboiled rice1 ⅛ cup

How to cook rice?

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of water
  • ½ a cup of white long-grain rice
  • 1 tsp butter
  • Salt to taste

Method

  • In a pot, add water. Heat the water and bring it to a boil. Add the rice along with salt and butter to the rice after it has finished boiling.
  • Allow the rice to simmer and then reduce the heat. Cover the pot with a lid and allow the rice to simmer for a while.
  • After 15 minutes, check whether the rice has been cooked well by touching it. The water present in the rice should have been absorbed as well.
  • Remove the rice from the stovetop and let the rice cool for a few minutes. Fluff using a fork and serve it.

What are some tips to keep in mind while cooking the rice?

  • Wash the rice for a minimum of at least 20 seconds. This would help you in getting rid of the impurities or dirt present in the rice. Using a strainer, wash your rice.

The color of the water in rice should be clear. 

  • If you feel that consuming plain rice is boring, you can swap the water added to rice with vegetable or chicken broth. This would add more flavor to the rice.
  • After the water has been added to rice, the temperature of the boiling water can drop down. For this purpose, reduce the heat to medium and allow the rice to simmer. This can ensure that the rice cooks well.

If you are using induction, the heat might have to be a little high, in the range of 5 (of 9). You might need to experiment a bit in this scenario.

  • Cover the pot with a lid while cooking. Make sure to not take off the lid. Covering the pot with a lid ensures that the rice cooks faster.
  • Focus on how the rice has cooked more than the water. If the rice has cooked well but there is some leftover water remaining, you can drain out the water and then consume the rice.
  • After the rice has been cooked, turn off the heat and let it rest for a while. During the time of serving, use a fork to fluff up the rice. This would prevent the rice grains from adhering to each other.
  • If you want to cook a bulk of rice, the amount of water that needs to be added would also increase. In such a case, make sure to cook using a larger pot.
  • If you are cooking in a rice cooker, make sure to click on the ‘keep warm’ settings after you have finished cooking. This would ensure that your rice would remain warm after cooking and ‘keep warm’ settings do not end up cooking your rice either.
  • If you are running short of time and wish to cook rice, opt for white long-grained rice or basmati rice. 
  • Use a smaller pan to cook rice especially if you are cooking rice in smaller quantities. Smaller pans would heat up faster and help in cooking the rice quickly.

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Conclusion

In this brief article, we have answered the question, “How much water for half a cup of rice?” as well as how to cook rice and tips to keep in mind while cooking rice.

References

https://www.delish.com/cooking/a20089653/how-to-cook-rice/
https://www.kitchensanctuary.com/how-to-boil-rice/