Buy the bag rice your going to save a lot of money per serving.
When using rice from a bag; the real secret is the ratio of water to rice. Read the back of the bag. Most are two parts water to one part rice. Start with just a 1 cup of rice and 2 cups of water. Taste and adjust from there the next time you make it.
For most of the recipes I make; I want plain rice with just a little salt added. I always use a Rice Cooker. The Rice Cooker keeps the temperature perfect. If you desire rice with a twist in flavor, here a here are a few ideas:
The first is after the rice is cooked and warming. Choose an addition: Green onions, mushrooms, cilantro, bell pepper, peas or any combination of these. Let them steep with the rice while the rice is finishing. Stir well later before serving.
The second is before cooking when you have the water and rice sitting there. Saffron is great. Saffron is very expensive to buy initially; it really only needs a tiny pinch per recipe, so still affordable. Let the rice, water, and saffron set for 30 minutes. Then cook as you normally would.
Cannot afford saffron, but you do not really enjoy plain rice? Use your imagination and spice rack. The concept is the same add the spices before cooking. Paprika, Cumin, Curry, Oregano, Cinnamon, even Ginger and let set for 30 minutes then cook.
If you’re going to stir fry rice or cook in a jambalaya recipe, take an additional step. In a frying pan add a small quantity of oil raise the heat up a little and add the dry rice to the oil. Brown the rice in the oil. This will take several minutes. Add the oil and rice to your rice cooker. For these you want the rice to be tougher, use the ratio of one part water to rice. As soon as the rice is done with the initial cycle (all the water evaporated) immediately add to the wok or frying pan add the remaining ingredients and continue cooking till done.
Bet you never thought we could do so many things with a simple rice base. Enjoy!