Adding flavor to rice doesn’t have to be complicated, messy, and time-consuming. It can be just as simple as adding some vegetable base to your water just like in the Garden Veggie Rice.
This is a very simple recipe, but for anyone that has cooked rice can tell you it can be a little tricky. Typically you add 1 cup rice to 2 cups water. This technique is similar just with one extra step. We will start with 2 ¼ cups water in a large saucepot and add 1/2 tablespoon vegetable base. You want to warm the water over medium-low heat and stir the vegetable base until it disintegrated (no you do not have to stir constantly, just every 2-3 minutes). It should dissolve within 7 minutes tops.
As soon as the vegetable base is dissolved add in your 1 cup rice. Give it a quick stir just to make sure the rice is not all mounted in the middle of the pot and it is all covered with water. Now if your water is simmering, or bubbling reduces to low and cover with a lid. If it is not simmering or bubbling yet, raise the temp to medium high and wait until it just starts to bubble, then reduce to low and cover.
I know that you are thinking up till this point, “What’s so tricky about these steps?” Rice is not like potatoes or pasta, you don’t stir it while it is cooking and you don’t drain the water out when it is done. It absorbs all the liquid in the pot, therefore, if you run out of the water it will burn to the bottom. It is hard to see with the lid on if you are out of the water. However, if you do not cover your pot with a lid the liquid will evaporate and you will be left with hard rice bits. So what do you so? What is the trick?
Practice! The more you make the better you will get. Here is something I wish I knew the first time I cooked rice. The basic cooking time for 1 cup of white rice is 10 minutes and for 1 cup of brown rice is 20 minutes, but always follow the directions on the packaging. I buy in bulk so the 10-20 minute rule is what applies. The best advice is to listen, do you hear the water, do you hear bubbling? If so it still needs to cook. Don’t be afraid to remove the lid at the 8-minute mark to take a quick peek and listen, but if you hear or see water place the lid on right away, and again do not stir.
My final tip is if you just can’t seem to figure out this stove top rice cooking thing, get a rice steamer (also great for veggies and fish). There is no shame in it I have one for those nights I don’t want to think and have too much going on to focus on cooking rice!
There you have it a wonderful flavorful Garden Veggie Rice with no mess or a slew of ingredients, simple and straight forward!
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A simple rice side dish that is full of flavor!
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 1 1/2 tbsp vegetable base
- 2 cups Jasmine Rice DO NOT USE MINUTE RICE or PRECOOKED RICE
In a large sauce pot combine water and vegetable base. Bring to boil over medium-high heat.
Once boiling, reduce heat to low and stir until the vegetable base is completely dissolved.
Add rice to the pot. Cover and let the rice cook according to package directions 20-40 minutes.
When rice is fluffy and there is no more water. Remove from heat. Serve and enjoy!