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Rules for Cooking Rice

By Cook's Illustrated Published March 2010

If you have trouble achieving perfectly cooked long-grain or basmati rice, try these tips.

For drier, fluffier long-grain or basmati rice, follow these suggestions.

RINSE IT: Rinsing raw grains removes surface starch that will otherwise absorb water during cooking, causing grains to stick.

GRAB A TOWEL: Once the rice is cooked, cover the pan with a clean kitchen towel, replace the lid, and allow the rice to sit off heat for 10 minutes. The towel will soak up steam and prevent stickiness.