a mother calls her family to a meal in Thailand she simply says, "Eat
rice." Rice is an integral part of meals in many countries. Over 29,000
grains of rice can be found in one pound of long grain rice. Lemon juice and
butter can be added at the end of cooking to compliment a meal with fish.
2 cups uncooked long grain or brown rice
4 cups water
1 teaspoon butter or a favorite oil is optional
Place rice in a sieve with small holes, rinse rice in cold water.
2. Rice cooker: Place the rice, water, salt and butter or oil in
cooker. Turn rice cooker on and check when done.
3. Microwave: Place rice in microwave safe dish with a cover,
heat on high 5 minutes, then cook on low for 15 minutes.
4. Stovetop: Heat water and rice in a 3-quart saucepan until
boiling. Reduce heat to low. Cook 20-30 minutes.
Hint: Serve in a large dish or press rice into small custard
cups or a rice mold. Invert on individual plates. This gives a
professional look to your meal. For variety, two teaspoons
chicken or beef base added to the rice adapts the rice to
different meals. Sautéed onions, mushrooms and leftover
frozen green bell peppers may also be added.
Makes 6 servings