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Golden Day Basmati Rice is always fluffy and never sticks, guaranteed. Some people are afraid of cooking rice, but the truth is that cooking rice is as simple as cooking pasta! It’s very straightforward and all you need is good rice, like ours! With our easy to follow guide choose the type of rice that you want to cook and the method that you want to use and you’ll never mess up rice again! The easiest methods are open pan or microwave.


Open Pan (or excess water) is where rice is cooked in lots of water just like potatoes or pasta, then drained in a colander. Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of salt (optional). When boiling, tip in 250g/300ml (for 4 servings) of rice. Return the water to the boil then stir well. Lower the heat to a fast simmer and cook according to the variety. Drain in a colander and allow to stand for 5 minutes before fluffing with a fork and adding a little butter or oil (optional).


Covered Pan (or absorption) is where the rice is cooked with a measured amount of water in a covered pan. The rice absorbs the water completely and is not drained. Place 250g/300ml (for 4 servings) of rice in a medium pan. Measure in cold water (1 measure dry rice : 2 measures water). The water to rice ratio can be altered to obtain the required rice texture. Add to 1 teaspoon salt (optional). Bring to the boil, stir then cover and turn the heat to ‘low’. Cooking time depends on the grain, so check with the chart below. Do not lift the lid to peek. At the end of the cooking time, remove the pan from the heat, still covered, and stand for 5 minutes. The surface of the rice will have small holes in it, this is quite normal and it should be fluffed with a fork before serving, a knob of butter can be added if desired. This cooking technique is not recommended for Wild Rice.


Like all starchy foods, Golden Day rices take about the same time to cook in a microwave as if cooked conventionally. However, there is no need to drain or wash pans afterwards. Follow this cooking method for all Our rices. Check the chart below for timings. These vary according to power – 650W, 750W. There is no need to stir rices during cooking. Original Pure Basmati and brown rices benefit from rinsing and soaking prior to cooking – for best results rinse and soak for 30 minutes first, then drain well. Place 250g/300ml (for 4 servings) of rice in a deep microwaveable bowl. Stir in a measured amount of boiling water (1 measure dry rice : 2 measures water). Add half a teaspoon of salt and a knob of butter (optional). Cover with cling film allowing a tiny vent on the side. Do not pierce film. Cook on Full Power – 6 minutes (750W) or 7 minutes (650W). Turn power to medium (350W). Stand cooked rice for 5 minutes, then uncover carefully and fork through grains.

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