Cook rice in a pot

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Cook rice in a pot

Rice. Simple cooked rice in a normal household pot. The essential ingredient of Japanese cuisine and part of many dishes.
Prep Time5 mins
Rest Before Cook30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Rest After Cook15 mins
Servings4 people
INGREDIENTS
  • rice 200 ml
  • water (1.2-1.5 times of rice volume) 240 ml
INSTRUCTIONS
  • Put rice and water in a pot and wait at least 30 minutes.
  • After soaking rice in water, cook on low/middle heat. Keep the lid on during cooking. There will appear a soft boiling sound after a while, wait until the boiling sound stops and turn off the heat. After cooking it's good to wait a little, like 10 minutes, before opening the lid.
NOTES
Rice is pretty popular in Finland. It is many times served with some meaty sauce but in other ways also. For example, during Christmas a dish called rice porridge, riisipuuro, is traditionally made. Rice porridge is topped with seasonings like cinnamon, sugar or sweet fruit or berry soups. I´ve also found out that these little pies called karjalanpiirakka are very popular all year around. Maybe even the most famous pie in Finland? They are filled with thick rice porridge. Finnish rice consumption differs a little from the way rice is consumed in Asia.
 
Puuroriisi, it means rice for porridge, can be bought for approximately 1e/kg, it is produced by many companies. For food purposes long grain rices are typically used. The rice for porridge is a short grain rice, similar to Japanese rice. Of course, the sweetness and stickiness are different from Japanese rice, but in my opinion it's good enough to eat with thick taste food like curry or don.
We can purchase Japanese rice in Asian markets or supermarkets, and it costs about 10e/kg. Japanese rice is also grown in other countries, and those kinds are cheaper than imported rice from Japan, and the taste is between Finnish rice and Japanese rice.
 
In Japan, it's common for people to wash rice with water before cooking. Like a natural instinct. Not such a common habit in Finland I think. Why is there a difference and how should it be done?
The reason why people wash their rice:
1.In the old days harvesting and cleaning techniques were not that efficient, so people washed the rice to make sure it is clean from trash.
2.Wash off dust.
So, to be honest, it's a habit stuck from the old days. Farming and harvesting is far more advanced nowadays, there is no need to wash rice for that reason. What comes to dust, if you buy rice from the supermarket it is highly reasonable to assume it’s dust free. If you also store it in a sealed container or bag, no dust can fall on it. I don't wash rice and I don’t see why you should either.
 
In Japan, a unit called “go” is used to measure rice. An unique unit just for rice. It can be found in electric rice pots also, but I didn’t bring an electronic rice pot or a “go”-cup from Japan. I use ordinary measurement cups or sometimes just some random cup. Measuring is very simple, every cup of rice needs 1,2-1,5 cups of water.
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