Master These 6 Recipes And Call Yourself A Rice Pro

We love rice...from our local takeout place. Whenever we try to make it at home, it's either totally burnt, waterlogged, or, for lack of a better word, coagulated. Luckily, Foodiversity: Rice 101 is here to help. Ahead, we'll explain how to cook perfect rice every time (without any complicated measurements), and provide five easy recipes ranging from comfort food staples to takeout favorites to delicious desserts.

Level I: Never Mess Up Rice Again With This Simple Trick

Photographed by Eric Helgas; Food styled by Ali Nardi.
Okay, so here’s the deal: We like to cook rice just like pasta. That’s right, no measuring or two parts this to one part that — just fill up a pot with water, bring the water to a boil, throw in the rice, cook it until it’s al dente, and strain. The difference with rice is this: Once you strain it, immediately throw it back in the pot, cover it, and leave it totally alone for about five to 10 minutes to let it steam (this will ensure your rice is fluffy). Before serving, turn the rice from bottom to top and mix lightly to avoid clumping. Rice experts may roll their eyes, but we promise, this easy execution totally works! It's best with long-grain rice varietals (white, jasmine, basmati, brown, and black rice); if you have sushi or risotto rice, that’s a whole other chestnut, and it’s best to follow package instructions.