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How to cook rice

Rice is the main ingredient in lunch meal of India. Stove top open pot draining method of cooking rice is explained in this post. Open Pot Draining Method cooked rice is healthier compared to the other methods as starch is drained!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
AuthorSharmilee J


  • 1 cup rice ponni pulungal rice - parboiled rice
  • 4 cups water


  • To a mixing bowl - add rice soak in water. Keep covered for 10 mins though this step is optional it ensures fast cooking. I sometimes forget to soak and add rinsed rice as such too.
  • Rinse well atleast 2-3 times, drain water and set aside.
  • Boil 4 cups water when it starts to boil rigorously, simmer and add drained rice.
  • Give a quick mix. Let it cook in low medium flame.
  • Keep checking, cook until rice is easily mashable but not too mushy. At this stage, switch off.
  • Gently remove from flame using a cloth. You can either drain using a colander or drain using the traditional method. I have shown the colander just for your reference. I usually drain like this : First pour the excess water to a vessel.
  • Seal both sides using clips. Slant it over the same bowl leaning on the wall. Keep it in the slant position for at least 20 mins for all the excess water to drain completely. Now take out the clips.
  • This starch water can be used for drinking as such or used to season iron utensils or rinsing your hair or starching your cotton clothes etc, it has many more uses like this, Set aside to use. Now take the rice pot and fluff the rice. Rice will be grain separated and soft.
  • Serve rice hot with any curry of your choice.


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  • The time for cooking can't be predicted as it depends on the rice variety and age of the rice.
  • I use ponni pulungal arisi.
  • I have used lid with holes but you can use regular fitting lid too but make sure you slant the lid for the water to drip.
  • Also while slanting make sure to lean on the wall for support.Be careful as it will be hot, I usually use a cloth.
  • If you don't have a proper lid then you can drain using a colander too as I've shown in the steps.
Nutrition Facts
How to cook rice
Amount Per Serving (125 g)
Calories 338 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 0.2g1%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.2g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.2g
Sodium 28mg1%
Potassium 106mg3%
Carbohydrates 74g25%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 0.1g0%
Protein 7g14%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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