Cooking rice is one of the basic building blocks of cooking, specifically vegetarian and vegan cooking. Here are a few tips to get you started.
- 1 cup of plain uncooked rice (brown, white, jasmine, etc.)
- 2 cups water — or other cooking liquid
- pinch of salt,
- 1 tablespoon of butter — or other oil/fat
- Fill a medium saucepan with rice, water, salt and butter and set to medium heat.
- Cook until there is no water left in the pot (because the rice has sucked up the water).
*You can sub out the water for other cooking liquids to create a flavored rice. For example, if you wanted to use 2 cups of vegetable broth instead.
*Feel free to sub out the butter for sunflower or olive oil.
*You can also add other spices such as thyme or parsley, you can create a variety of flavor profiles.
Some other types of rice I’ve made using these ratios:
- Mexican rice – 1/2 cup of salsa to 1 1/2 cups of vegan “chicken” broth and (I use Better than Bouillon) and 1 tablespoon of butter.
- Indian rice – 2 cups of veggie broth, sunflower oil/coconut oil instead of butter, and a spice blend of curry powder, garam masala, ground coriander, and cayenne pepper (1/4 teaspoon of each).
- Garlic Butter (a.k.a. Sick Day Rice) – 2 cups of vegan “chicken” broth, butter and a spice blend of poultry seasoning, garlic powder, and onion powder (1/4 teaspoon of each).
…the possibilities are truly endless!