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All About Short-Grain Rice

Rice is a versatile food grain that you can use to make delicious dishes. The easy-to-cook characteristic of rice makes it a hot favorite among chefs and foodies. Humans have a deep relationship with this grain, categorized into three types — long, medium, and short-grain.

The short-grain rice, as the name suggests, is small and stout. This variety of rice is popular for its starchy content, making it great for dishes like sushi where grains stick together or recipes like rice pudding that need a creamy texture.

Keep on reading to know more about short-grain rice.

Short-Grain Rice

Short-grain rice has a short and thick shape. As compared to wild or basmati rice, its grains are shorter and broader and appear almost round.  Sushi rice and brown rice are the most commonly available short-grain rice.

Cooking tips for short-grain rice

No matter whether you use an oven, stove, or rice cooker for cooking short-grain rice, we have got some best methods to try out.

Cooking short-grain rice on the stove:

Take 1 cup short-grain rice (white). Pour the rice into a saucepan. Now, add enough water to the pan so that it could cover the rice.

Wish the rice strongly in the water using your hands. Then, pour off the water and repeat this method three to four times.

Drain the rice using a mesh strainer or sieve. After that, return the rice to the pan.  Add one and a half cups of water to the pan, cover it and let it boil over the heat. Once it is boiled, cook the rice over low heat. Cook it until the water is absorbed.

Dry out the remaining water on high heat for 30 seconds. Remove the pan from the stove and let the rice sit for ten minutes. Before serving, fluff the rice with a fork. 

For cooking short-grain brown rice, take 1 cup rice and rinse it using the running water in a fine-mesh strainer. Now put the rice into a small saucepan and add 3/4 cups of water. Add salt to taste. Boil the rice over medium heat; after that, reduce the heat to sim. Simmer the rice for 40 to 45 minutes until the water is absorbed.

Switch off the stove and let the rice sit for ten minutes. Serve the rice after fluffing it with a fork.

Cooking short-grain rice instant pot

Take 1 and 1/2 cups of short-grain white rice in a medium bowl. Rinse it vigorously until the water that you pour off is clean. Next, fill the bowl of rinsed rice with water and let it soak for 20 to 30 minutes. After that, drain the rice using a strainer. Now put the drained rice and water in the rice cooker. Add salt to taste, lock the lid and set it to cook for two minutes.

Once the rice is ready, let the pressure release for ten minutes. After a quick release, the remaining pressure. Serve hot!

To cook short-grain brown rice, take two cups of brown rice. Rinse the rice vigorously using the water. Repeat this process until the water you pour off is clear. Drain the rice using a strainer and put it in the pot with 2 and 1/4 cups of water. Add salt to taste and cook the rice on high pressure for twenty minutes.

Once cooked, set the pot aside and let it cool off for 15 minutes. Then, serve the rice by fluffing with a fork.

Cooking short-grain in a rice cooker

Cooking rice in a rice cooker is pretty easy. First of all, check the manual to see if special instructions are mentioned for short-grain white rice. Now, measure the rice using the cup that came along the rice cooker. Rinse the rice well and drain it. Add the drained rice to the pot and fill it with water. Use 1 cup and two tablespoons of water for 1 cup short-grain white rice.

Set the mode of the rice cooker to white rice and cook. Once the rice is cooked, let it rest in the pot for 10 to 30 minutes. After that, fluff and serve. 

To cook short-grain brown rice, check the manual for specific instructions. Now, take 1 cup short-grain brown rice and rinse it well. Next, add the drained rice to the pot. Add water and salt to taste. Use 1 and 2/3 cups water for 1 cup rice. Set the brown rice mode for cooking. Once cooked, let the rice rest in the pot for 10 to 30 minutes. After that, fluff and serve.

Storing short-grain rice

You can store uncooked short-grain rice with ease in your pantry. You can store it either in an airtight container or in its original packaging.

You can store the uncooked white rice for an indefinite period if you use proper containers. The short-grain brown rice can be stored for up to 6 months in your pantry. However, in a freezer, you can store it for up to 2 years.

That’s all about short-grain rice. Keep exploring our blog section to know more about other varieties of rice, recipes, and more!