Rice is magic

If you want to learn to cook, and don’t know where to start, might I suggest the highly prolific, ever-versatile dish that is rice. This food provides an astounding 20% of the world’s dietary energy supply. It’s easy to find, cheap, not to mention quick and to prepare. Rice can be a side character in your meal, or the star of the show. There are so many ways to prepare it, I’m not sure if anyone has tried to count them. And don’t get me started on the different varieties. If you ate a different variety of rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, you wouldn’t repeat a meal for more than 36 years. What do you think about that, Keanu?

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When making the video, I decided to showcase the stove top method, because I thought that would be the most accessible. You need only the most basic of cooking equipment, and pretty much no skill. The stove top method is also kind of like a magic trick. You get the dish started by prepping, adding the ingredients, and bringing the water to a boil. Then, once you put the cover on the pot you do not, under any circumstances lift that lid until the rice is done. What happens in that ~30 minutes is a total transformation. Food magic!

Basmati rice, the variety I used in the video and most often in my own cooking, is a long-grain rice that can be found in pretty much any grocery store in the US. It’s fragrant, reliable, and delicious.

Has all this reading gotten you hungry? Check out the instructional video and ingredient list below:


  • 1 cup white basmati rice
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1.5 tbsp oil or butter
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt (or half that amount of table salt)
  • Pepper to taste

This recipe is for the most basic and standard preparation of rice. As outlined above – there are so many different ways to prepare it. If you’re feeling like you’d benefit from a little extra flavor, you could always add some dried spices, such as onion and/ or garlic powder. Turmeric will make delicious yellow rice! Master this basic recipe, and a whole world of delicious, comforting food will be opened to you!

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