Dominican White Rice

By Tim
White rice is often eaten with habichuelas and if you have ever visited the country you know if you are cooking for Dominicans, knowing how to make habichuelas and rice is a necessity.

White rice is one of the simplest things to cook from scratch, or so it seems. You would think it would be easy to cook, after all it only has three basic ingredients: rice, water and salt. But if you have cooked rice the past you know it can be testy and if not cooked just right it can turn out either crunchy or sticky.

Rest assured there is any easy way of cooking white rice that can get you that perfect fluffy rice every time.

To make perfect white rice, the two to one rule, two cups of water to every one cup of rice, is your best bet. You can still mess it up if you aren’t paying attention, but the two to one rule is closest there is for a written rule. Then normally about a 1/2 teaspoon for every cup of of rice.

So if you are using 2 cups of dry rice you will cook it with 4 cups of water and a teaspoon of salt.

2 cups rice – in Spanish = arroz
4 cups water – in Spanish = agua
1 teaspoon salt – in Spanish = sal

Cook Time – 15-20 minutes

1. Place water and salt in a medium sized sauce pan and bring to a boil.

2. Add rice, stir once and bring to a boil.(important – Do not stir rice while cooking this will cause it to stick together)

3. Bring rice down to a stead simmer and cover the sauce pan.

4. Cook for 15-20 minutes (This part varies depending on your stove and the age of the rice).

5. Check and see if there is excess water, if so remove the lid and cook for a couple more minutes.

6. Fluff with a fork and serve.

Especially when cooking for a Dominican don’t forget the habichuelas, they add a ton of flavor to the rice and turn it into a great meal. Click here to view our habichuelas recipe.