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