Well for the second time around, don't know what happened to the first review, but I do know , this recipe does exactly as it says it does!! It is perfect rice, every time. I have used it 3 or 4 times already, it is beautiful, each piece separate rice. Added veggies the first time and came out with a lovely rice pilaf, and made it into a very nice salad and used it to stuff tomatoes. Just an all round useful, quick recipe to have around. Thanks for sharing Mirj, am using it often!!
I halfed the rice recipe. I added 1/2 cup of chopped up vegetables (green onion, green and red pepper and a bit of celery and two mushrooms) which I cooked in 1/2 tbsp. butter in the microwave for 2 1/2 minutes. I omitted the onion soup which may have been a mistake. We felt the rice was just a bit tough but I will certainly make it again and perhaps add just a wee more liquid the next time. For this reason I just gave it 4 stars but I think with a little help it would definitely end up being 5 stars. The one thing I liked was that the rice was not sticky.
you may find that covering the bowl with a dampened tea towel allows it to vent a little better . i usualy go 5 min. on high and then 12 min. on medium heat.I never make rice on the stove anymore!
This is a lot eaiser than cooking on the stove.. worked out very well. It did take 19 minutes on high, but my microwave is older than Barb T, and always takes longer.
I had high hopes, but this took me twice as long as listed here and the rice was still a little...er, toothy. I used what I think was a basmati rice (that's what I get for buying in bulk and storing it in unmarked jars in the pantry). It may also be that my microwave simply does not have the power. I did the instructions twice, and then the rice was cooked. I'm hopeful that this will work and I will try again with another rice. We have a rice cooker, but my rice is either burnt or too sticky in that thing -- only Troy has the right touch, and he's not always around.
Wile I love the end result, getting there is quite messy. Yesterday I made a single recipe in my largest mixing bowl (the really big kind) and I still had spill-over while cooking. I suppose it doesn't deter me enough, because I will make this again and have already made it several times before. I'd just like a neater way to do it.
This is "EXCELLENT", Mirj Momma! It was mom's b'day y'day(14th Nov'2002) and I made this for dinner for some guests and our family. Came out beautiful! I used 1 cup rice, 2 cups water and 1/2 tsp. salt. The only step that I slightly altered was step no. 9- I added cold water to the rice instead of dumping it into a strainer(I dont have a big strainer), stirred once, and then drained the cold water. I made plain white rice as per this recipe and every single person at the dinner table, right from a 6 yr. old kid, to my dad - all praised it! My dad told me to cook rice daily this way rather than the stove:) THANKS, Mirj Momma, for this "every grain separate rice"! It's truly 'foolproof'! Update: I've made this several times since I first reviewed it. I share it with my pigeons and crows, O my, they love it. You have to watch them nibbling on each grain, something I can spend hours doing when I feed them everyday. Sometimes when the mother in me rises, I make small round balls of the rice(i.e. the cooked rice) and roll it in a mixture of lentils(red, green, black, white and yellow) and then I put out these balls of rice and lentil for the crows and pigoens. They "feast" on it, it's like Biryani for them;)
I was skeptical about microwaving rice, but I recently found out I was pregnant and can go from nauseous to starving pretty quickly. Rice seemed like a safe bet not to upset my stomach but I didn't want to wait for it to cook. I'm surprised at how well this came out in only 12 minutes! Definitely a keeper, thanks so much!
I wanted to update and say that I make rice like this all the time now! It's been perfect every time!
I had no problem with this! I didn't even do the strainer step. It was amazing perfect rice, I was skeptical about it but it worked. I normally use a rice cooker but this is even less trouble than that. Everyone should give it a try.
NOT FOOLPROOF!! I did the exact instructions and covered my rice, but inmates after 5 min of cooking, I opened the microwave and all the water from the rice had boiled out all over my microwave! Now it is making funny noises....