Darn! where is that cup?! Oops, I think I lost it again. What should I do?

Okay, that sounds familiar? Let me give you a trick that my Mom pass unto me. I don’t use cups to measure water every time I cook rice in the rice cooker or in the stove top. Do you know what I use? I use my RING finger. I have an average size hand. I guess. It is not too long nor too short well for Asian size. But this works to almost all sizes maybe not for the tallest person in the world. The technique here is eyeball estimate.

I use the first line of my ring finger as shown below, if I think the amount of rice is equivalent to less than 3 cups of rice. If its about 4 cups of rice then my water would be in between the 1st and 2nd line. These are just an eyeball estimate.

To do this:

  1. After rinsing the rice, put water just above.
  2. You may shake the pot back and forth slowly to level the rice.
  3. Put your ring finger on top of the rice. 
  4. Measure water using below method.

How to Cook Rice without Using a Measuring Cup, showing my ring finger, knuckle method in cooking rice

If I cook rice that is about 1 kilo or equivalent to 5 cups, I use the second or third line of my ring finger as shown below.

How to Cook Rice without Using a Measuring Cup, showing my ring finger, knuckle method in cooking rice

This is just a guide. By using this method, you can cook your rice without using any measuring cup. I won’t say I always get perfect in this method because some rice are not the same. Some rice brands need a little more water. I sometimes like to eat rice that are just a bit soggy. So, I play with the amount of water I put.

Try it first and on the 2nd attempt to cook rice, adjust the water to your liking.

If your rice is under cooked, pour hot water over the rice. Spread it don’t just put in one area (again, use eyeball estimate). Don’t put too much water as it will make your rice soggy. Cover. Continue cooking. If you are cooking in a stove top, make sure the heat is low while waiting for it to cook. If you think you put too much water, you can take some water while it is still boiling.

Try and see it for yourself.

Have you done this method? How did it go? Please share your thoughts.

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  • Nantawan Bennett March 8, 2013, 5:38 pm

    Happy Friday!
    visit and follow from Friday blog hop.
    Would be nice if you can visit and link up my Friday blog hop.
    Have a great weekend.

    • Judy diyAddict March 11, 2013, 5:22 pm

      Hi Nan,

      Yep, I am hopping there again. Thanks for the invite. See you.

  • VFoley March 8, 2013, 5:54 pm

    I dont remember when i used a measuring cup for rice. I use this method too. thanks for visiting and Im following your back!

    • Judy diyAddict March 14, 2013, 10:12 am

      Hi VFoley,

      Thanks for stoppin’ by and for the follow.

  • Meg Hodson March 8, 2013, 9:14 pm

    Again, thanks Judy for visiting my blog.

    Now following you via GFC, G+ and Twitter.


  • Claudia Castro March 10, 2013, 9:20 am

    Thanks for sharing!

    I’ve nominated your blog for a Liebster Award:

  • Feral Turtle March 10, 2013, 2:22 pm

    Great post Judy. Hubby makes rice this way but I am still a slave to my measuring cup. Perhaps I will give it a try tonight!

    • Judy diyAddict March 14, 2013, 1:10 pm

      Hi Karen,

      Thank you so much for visiting! Yeah, give it a try and tell me how it goes.

    • Feral Turtle March 14, 2013, 7:35 pm

      Hey Judy….I think I am knuckle challenged. Although it was pretty good, I still can’t seem to get it as good as his unless I measure. LOL I will keep trying though. I will master this technique!!!!

  • Kelly Johnson March 11, 2013, 2:59 pm

    Thank you for this. :) I love learning new methods.

    • Judy diyAddict March 14, 2013, 1:11 pm

      Hi Kelly,

      Thank you for stoppin by! I hope you give it a try.

  • Rose March 16, 2013, 2:48 am

    You have got to be Pinay – my mom taught me the same method of measuring how much water to put in rice cooker without a measuring cup too. Works every time. New follower. Hope you come by my blog to visit.


    • Judy diyAddict March 16, 2013, 3:17 am

      Hi Rose,

      Oh yes, I am :D I’ll visit you now. see you.


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