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this was how every uk person of non-asian descent cooked rice in the eighties iirc

I was thinking about this the other day and idk if rice cookers were even a big thing in British Indian / Bangla / Pakistani households until a lot later than that.

Of course, even with a saucepan, as Uncle Roger says, if you need to drain the rice after cooking you've fucked up.

Scampo di tutti i Scampi (ShariVari), Thursday, 23 July 2020 12:37 (three months ago) link

this was how every uk person of non-asian descent cooked rice in the eighties iirc.


I didn’t click this and was reminded of how I made rice as a student - in a microwave steamer. Very good it was too.

scampos mentis (gyac), Thursday, 23 July 2020 12:38 (three months ago) link

I'll use a saucepan for my lol Mexican style sautéed rice or pilau, but rice cookers rule im

calzino, Thursday, 23 July 2020 13:08 (three months ago) link

Heat a little oil in bottom of pan (with cardamom pods/cinnamon stick if cooking Indian), then toast a cup of rice and pinch of salt to infuse, then two cups water. Give it a stir, lid on until pan boils, then turn heat right down and leave it alone for 20 minutes.

santa clause four (suzy), Thursday, 23 July 2020 13:49 (three months ago) link

that sounds good, but I'd usually add a good chunk of butter before serving.

calzino, Thursday, 23 July 2020 13:52 (three months ago) link

Ooh, some ghee instead of oil would be the real way to go but I never buy ghee.

santa clause four (suzy), Thursday, 23 July 2020 13:55 (three months ago) link

i think last time I got ghee from online tescos rather than local Asian supermarket I didn't check the weight and was disappointed to be paying just short of a fiver for a small little tin of it.

calzino, Thursday, 23 July 2020 14:55 (three months ago) link

My Bangladeshi neighbour keeps me in biryani (she calls it pilaf), chicken curry and (most recently) a huge container full of lamb chops because she ‘always makes too much’. Not complaining, also that’s when I eat ghee.

santa clause four (suzy), Thursday, 23 July 2020 15:11 (three months ago) link

I'm doing my own style biryani tomorrow and will put some chicken in yogurt and spices marinade later. After hearing an Indian master chef who owns restaurants in London talking about how a proper biryani is made, i should be shot for even using the name in vain lol I don't even add any saffron and milk to it these days. But i tell what it is still good food .. honest!

calzino, Thursday, 23 July 2020 15:21 (three months ago) link

lol, btw gbx was right about pasta, you don't need to heat the water first. In fact you can soak pasta in cold water and just quickly microwave it. I would advise against it on pastas you don't want cooked too uniformly (eg farfalle, where the differences in done-ness is key to the texture)

plax (ico), Thursday, 23 July 2020 17:23 (three months ago) link

i make my rice in the microwave and i make perfect rice every time and i don't make a big deal out of it

plax (ico), Thursday, 23 July 2020 17:24 (three months ago) link

very averse to cooking in a microwave (haven't owned a microwave in 8 years so it's just as well)

Temporary Erogenous Zone (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 23 July 2020 17:27 (three months ago) link

I don't really understand rice cookers, cooking rice is the easiest thing you can possibly do, I don't need another appliance in my kitchen

Temporary Erogenous Zone (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 23 July 2020 17:28 (three months ago) link

idk why people dislike microwaves

plax (ico), Thursday, 23 July 2020 17:29 (three months ago) link

Doing rice or pasta in the microwave feels like more faff than doing it on hob where at least you have control over texture.

Matt DC, Thursday, 23 July 2020 17:32 (three months ago) link

my microwave is old and shonky but yeah i think i prefer being able to be hands on

À la recherche du scamps perdu (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 23 July 2020 17:36 (three months ago) link

The only time I've used microwaves is when I was doing this shite night-shift job in Woolwich and I used to microwave a muller rice pudding in the canteen. Yuck!

calzino, Thursday, 23 July 2020 17:44 (three months ago) link

My mum used to kick some made-up bad science that they give you cancer and I think that has stuck with me a bit.

calzino, Thursday, 23 July 2020 17:57 (three months ago) link

it's possible mine does tbf

À la recherche du scamps perdu (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 23 July 2020 18:01 (three months ago) link

if you haven't got space for a proper rice cooker, got one of these microwave lads and it is pretty much on the money every time and involves very little work - https://www.josephjoseph.com/products/m-cuisine-rice-cooker

Hmmmmm (jamiesummerz), Thursday, 23 July 2020 18:01 (three months ago) link

A horseless cart you say? I will not entertain this satanic contrivance

calzino, Thursday, 23 July 2020 18:10 (three months ago) link

my parents in law (korean) moved in for the pandemic. the first time i made rice with them here, my mother-in-law came to the kitchen to watch me do it because she hadn't cooked rice without a rice cooker in decades and couldn't remember how it worked.

𝔠𝔞𝔢𝔨 (caek), Thursday, 23 July 2020 18:35 (three months ago) link

yeah, i literally make rice w. almost every meal and i pour it into a lidded container, cover with water and put in the microwave for 8 minutes and leave to steam for another 8-10. it takes about 30seconds to prepare and the rice is ready and perfect every time.

plax (ico), Thursday, 23 July 2020 20:03 (three months ago) link

i don't know why I would need more 'control'. There are advantages to having a rice cooker but they're mostly if you're making it in huge quantities or want to be able to keep it warm for a long time after.

plax (ico), Thursday, 23 July 2020 20:04 (three months ago) link

that isn't any quicker than doing it on the hob

Temporary Erogenous Zone (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 23 July 2020 20:04 (three months ago) link

it is impossible to scald the bottom if you forget it, its also more energy efficient.

plax (ico), Thursday, 23 July 2020 20:06 (three months ago) link

let us not forget that ur literally ilx-named after a gentleman who sought ill-fated shortcuts in situations of domestic heat-appliance

imago, Thursday, 23 July 2020 20:19 (three months ago) link

oh wait sorry he's the one who shot himself by accident, not ironed his shirt while wearing it, ignore

imago, Thursday, 23 July 2020 20:20 (three months ago) link

v impt distinction

plax (ico), Thursday, 23 July 2020 20:22 (three months ago) link

guys are ye really still talking about rice

Keir Starmer drains his rice after cooking it

— marcus (@marcusjdl) July 23, 2020

scampos mentis (gyac), Thursday, 23 July 2020 20:25 (three months ago) link

he likes his rice like his politics

calzino, Thursday, 23 July 2020 20:28 (three months ago) link

..blanched in his own mediocre tepid piss!

calzino, Thursday, 23 July 2020 20:30 (three months ago) link

I don't really understand rice cookers, cooking rice is the easiest thing you can possibly do, I don't need another appliance in my kitchen

― Temporary Erogenous Zone (jim in vancouver)

i have very, very high standards for rice. i eat rice 3-4 times a day, and i am a gringo cooking for a majority southeast-asian family. a rice cooker is THE device, not ANOTHER device. I use it more than my water pitcher, my stove, my oven. my rice cooker and wok together account for 80% of my calories. i revere good rice, and the zojirushi is my altar.

fwiw i have found that most people will eat bad rice and think it is good rice, or even make bad rice and kinda choke it down knowing that it ain't ideal. but my zojirushi always makes good rice and sings 'twinkle twinkle little star' to me when i put rice in to cook.

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61qwwhvS7cL._AC_SL1000_.jpg

rb (soda), Thursday, 23 July 2020 20:43 (three months ago) link

thank you, although mine isn't that good and only has on and start switches on it but still i get very good results

calzino, Thursday, 23 July 2020 20:48 (three months ago) link

Even bad rice cookers make better rice than most home cooks! I had a $19 on/off rice cooker for years and it was great. This one has fuzzy logic features, so it makes the rice at the right texture even if you try to make bleary-eyed rice at 2am. It also keeps rice perfect for 2-3 days.

I really like this video, because I feel like Uncle Roger is speaking for me.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53me-ICi_f8

rb (soda), Thursday, 23 July 2020 20:52 (three months ago) link

lol that extended version is even better!

calzino, Thursday, 23 July 2020 20:56 (three months ago) link

I suppose if you eat it 4 times a day it makes sense but I probably eat it no more than once a day on average

I've had a cheap rice cooker in the past and it was fine I suppose, no better than on the hob imo

Temporary Erogenous Zone (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 23 July 2020 20:59 (three months ago) link

i’ve recently started making basmati rice the right way - washing it, letting it soak, using the water it soaked in - and the fluffiness is out of this world. insane.

you guys are making me want a rice cooker i’m not gonna lie

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 23 July 2020 20:59 (three months ago) link

washing rice is so essential, just like when you make chips and wash potatoes!

never mind the MSG where is the frigging soya sauce?

calzino, Thursday, 23 July 2020 21:01 (three months ago) link

i have been told that cheap rice cookers suck and u might as well put it in the bin

plax (ico), Thursday, 23 July 2020 21:01 (three months ago) link

Was it DW Winnicott who came up with the idea of 'good enough' rice? I'm with him.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Thursday, 23 July 2020 21:03 (three months ago) link

talking to too many metropolitan elites plax!

calzino, Thursday, 23 July 2020 21:04 (three months ago) link

IME they are finicky and you have to learn their gnostic ways, and there is a very short window of time in which the rice they produce is edible. You might have just six minutes to scoop out the rice before it becomes crystallized and/or gummy. (Usually both).

rb (soda), Thursday, 23 July 2020 21:05 (three months ago) link

I thoroughly rinse my rice before putting it in the 30 quid rice cooker and make the water ratio lower to allow for the amount it has already absorbed, bingo!

calzino, Thursday, 23 July 2020 21:07 (three months ago) link

the insufferable andrew graham-dixon has a 2-part series on rome on bbc four that i can’t help watching. i went there for the first time last year (only 2 days). he’s awful. probably my least favourite bbc presenter with the possible exception of stephen smith, the guy who does gormless “kooky” cultural packages to fill out the running time of newsnight.

anyway, he’s just read a link over some footage of some austere modern buildings in rome. here’s what he said.

“the most famous dictator in italy’s recent history was benito mussolini.”

THE BBC LADIES AND GENTLEMEN. BBC FOUR. THE ONE FOR “INTELLECTUALS”

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 23 July 2020 21:08 (three months ago) link

that said the guy he’s with, georgio locatelli, is totally bananas and amazing

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 23 July 2020 21:09 (three months ago) link

Yeah but what are his views on rice? Is he a basmati man or a parboiled freak?

let them microwave their rice (gyac), Thursday, 23 July 2020 21:10 (three months ago) link

have they cancelled Meades?

calzino, Thursday, 23 July 2020 21:11 (three months ago) link

I love Andrew GD!

Gerneten-flüken cake (jed_), Thursday, 23 July 2020 21:13 (three months ago) link

No-one is worse than Stephen Smith.

Sonny Shamrock (Tom D.), Thursday, 23 July 2020 21:18 (three months ago) link


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