Question about Jasmine rice

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  1. highlander01

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    Given how much starch this rice puts out do you rinse your rice after cooking or leave it as is?
     
  2. gunnar

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    rinse it before you cook it - try two good rinses and it will come out much better looking.
     
  3. radha8

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    I have never rinsed the rice after cooking it - but I always rinse it 5 or 6 times (until the water is clear) before I cook it. 

    Also, I'd love to hear from anyone that wnats to share their method for "perfect", fluffy basmati rice... :)
     
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  4. phatch

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    Depends on the source of the rice. Packed in US I don't rinse before cooking. Packed outside, I usually rinse before.

    I wouldn't rinse afterward. And jasmine rice is traditionally served a little sticky. It's a chopstick culture afterall.
     
     
  5. Guest

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    I never, never wash Basmati rice before and no rinsing afterward....you want to keep the integrity of the butter smell it naturally has and a little stickiness is good...when Im cooking I add a little olive oil and a chicken cube ... add some roasted pine nuts on top after its served...
     
  6. boar_d_laze

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    Jasmine and basmati are similar but are not the same rices. 

    A pantry can only hold so much and there are only so many different rices you can use.  We don't use Thai Jasmine too often, but when we do I usually don't rinse it.  More often than not I use it as the foundation for eating food on rice in a bowl -- Chinese style with sticks -- and it's nice to have it clumpy.

    I'm not an expert on Thailand, Thai food or Thai culture, but when I do see Thai people eating rice it's more often with a spoon than sticks.

    We usually do rinse basmati which I often use as for pilau or pilaf -- and for those we especially like to mix an aged Indian basmati like Zebra (which we hold for an extra year few months), with a fresh, inexpensive American type like Faraon or Texmati.  For things like arroz con pollo, I'll up the percentage of the American type; but for a regular side dish -- more aged Indian.

    BDL
     
  7. chefkc

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    I rinse a few times, then soak for 30 min. before cooking  Perfect basmati.  I also prefer imported Indian basmati.

    EDIT - SORRY-- I somehow mixed up that this ? was for jasmine and not basmati.

    Ahh - JASMINE - yes, rinse prior (until water goes clear), and not after.  
     
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  8. mieketsai

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    i leave it as it is . it tastes good~
     
  9. radha8

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    I'm surprised that many people don't wash their rice before cooking it...I've been cooking thai and indian for many years and  have never 

    heard any cooks say to not wash it first?
     
  10. highlander01

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    Do you rinse before basically to just make sure it's clean or does it also get rid of excess starch?
     
  11. phatch

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    You usually do so for cleanliness.

    Fortified rice should not be rinsed as you wash off all the added vitamins and minerals. I don't think most here are buying fortified rice.
     
  12. greyeaglem

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    When I cooked for a boarding school that had mostly Asian students, one of the mothers showed us how to prepare the jasmine rice. She told us to "scratch" the rice. We would put the rice in a shallow pan with some water and run our finger tips through it much like scratching a person's back. We would do this with 3-4 changes of water. The water would never be clear, but at first the starch would look like milk. Then we filled the pan with water so it stood about 3/4" above the rice. We cooked it in a steamer for 20 min. but you can also cover it and put it in the oven. It will still be plenty sticky, but not gloppy. Too much water is what will really ruin it.
     
  13. left4bread

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    Well, since everyone is putting in their 2 cents:

    I don't rinse jasmine rice.  It's the only rice I eat anymore, and I don't rinse it. 

    I use organic rice.  Not worried about trace amounts of dirt or insects (extra protein /img/vbsmilies/smilies/smile.gif).

    I rinse other rices though, for starchy reasons.

    I don't really see an excess amount of starch given out from this rice compared to others.  It always flakes nicely for me.

    And day-old cooked jasmine rice separates just by staring at it (for fried rice).

    Perhaps your rice to water ratio is off?  Well, we all have our ratios.  Mine is 2:3.  Boil until you see air vents.  Cover and LOW heat for 12 minutes.  Depends on the age of the rice, but that's what I use.

    Oh, and I should note that I have rinsed the heck out of jasmine rice before cooking in the past before deciding that it is unnecessary.  I can't see a difference.
     
  14. observer360

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    I like Tilda basmati or jasmine, for best flavor.  Rinse twice before cooking, to get rid of excessive starch.  Rinsing after cooking takes away the starch to which sauces will cling.  Two methods of cooking:  2:1 water:rice, cooked with bay leaf, salt, bit of butter, cardamom and cumin;  or excess water completely covering rice during cooking, with no flavorings, then drain off the water after cooking.  Which way depends on what is served with or over the rice.  The starch in the rinse water has uses, too, says the book Cooking For The Maharajas.
     
  15. norcalbaker59

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    We Asians always wash our rice before cooking--always. The type of rice determines how it's handled and cooked. Of jasmine rice, jasmine new crop is the best. Unlike the jasmine rice in the grocery store, new crop is from the current growing season. It will be labeled New Crop with the season year. As such, it was very fragrant and flavorful. And unlike the old crop rice, it not as dry, and much softer. So it's more fragile. It's washed with care. And it's cooked with less water. For Jasmine, the preferred method is steaming, not boiling the rice.

    Americans usually add too much water and way over cook their rice. The amount of water is determined by the type of rice.

    Asian rice is stickier, but sticky isn't mushy, gummy and clumpy. Grains of properly cooked Asian rice will cling together, but the grains retain a spring and wholeness.


    @observer360: Tilda is old crop and as such, dry, bland, and without fragrance. It's really grossly over-priced grocery store quality rice. You can purchase far superior rice for a lot less at the Asian market.

    @chefkc: you cannot soak jasmine. It will turn to mush if soaked. Basmati can be soaked. Persians soak basmati for a couple hours minimum; but ithey prefer an overnight soak. If you like basmati, I encourage you to try a Persian dish westerners call jeweled rice (Javaher Polow). I served this at a huge family celebration that included people who did not speak English. Non English speakers were coming up to me say, "Rice, Rice!" And shaking their head in approval. That was nearly five years ago, and just last week my brother asked me for the recipe because someone that attended the party wanted it.

    This is not the recipe I used, but its similar. I like to let the rice rest in the pot for an hour or so after cooking to let the flavor develop. If you can get a good caramelization on the bottom, you will be in for a treat,

    http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-iranian-jeweled-rice-recipes-from-the-kitchn-194680
     
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    Ever since I attended the Sorbonne University with classmates from all over the world, I became a firm believer that if one wanted to start a world war, just initiate a discussion on the proper way to prepare rice!

    I prepare basmati exclusively and it's rinsed a couple of times and presoaked for two minutes prior to cooking.  Mixed into the rice will be either black peppercorns or crushed cardamom seeds.  With the water evaporated, I add some saffron that's been crushed and soaked in water and on top of it I add a chunk of butter.  The rice then steams for several minutes and is stirred to distribute the butter/saffron mixture just prior to serving.
     
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  17. rpooley

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    I rinse rice mostly because unless I can be very sure of the source, there is a possibility it has been processed with talc.
     
  18. chrislehrer

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    The Japanese tend to be very focused on new rice well-rinsed.

    Chinese tastes are much more varied. There are serious gourmets passionate about fresh and rinsed, and others just as passionate that rice must be drier initially, and they may or may not believe in rinsing.

    As Kokopuffs says, this is the kind of issue that can start a war.
     
  19. xmdp

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    I use a heavy bottomed pot, bring liquid and rice just to a boil, cove and turn off the heat, leaving he pot on the burner as it slowly cools to serving temp. It seems to cook the rice perfectly every time and no need to keep an eye on it. Time the start of cooking to about 25 minutes before needing it.
     
  20. norcalbaker59

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    I think to some regard that is true. Certainly the most popular Japanese rice, koshihikari Is best consumed within a year of harvest. Some will insist it be consumed sooner.

    But it really depends on the cultivar. In this case, the discussion is about jasmine rice. And with jasmine rice, new crop is essential to the quality. Throughout Southeast Asia new crop jasmine is prized for both its flavor and fragrance. Both of which are lost when the rice is stored for 18 months or more. That's why new crop is always labeled with the harvest year. If in export the rice is delayed getting to retailers, the label date gives the consumer a way to gauge how much the quality may be effected.