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Query from: sri, USA, 04/26/04
Topic: COOKING      Submitted on:
How can I cook soft rice ? This rice needs to be really soft and easily mashable with hand for my 10-month old. I used to use a pressure cooker for it, but I don't have one now. I have an electric rice cooker, but I think I cannot cook such soft rice with it. My only other option is to cook rice separately on stove. Is that possible ? If so, do I get soft rice this way ? Are there any other methods of getting soft rice ? Thanks

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Response from: Badshah .,   
Council Member on
Dear sri, The best rice for baby foods is short-grain; short-grain brown rice works quite well. If you prefer brown rice to refined rice, home-made is best because instant baby brown rice often smells a bit rancid, and rancid oils are not healthy to eat.

--INGREDIENTS 1 cup short grain brown rice 5 to 6 cups water

--COOKING Cook on a very low heat, or, better, in a slow-cooker, for hours, or until most of the water is absorbed.

--PREPARATION For a young baby, it's best to mush the rice. A food processor works best for this.

Freeze what you don't need in the next two days, in ice cube trays, baby food jars, Avent 4-ounce bottles (they are short and fat enough to work well), or by dropping blobs onto wax paper and later bagging the frozen blobs.…

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Response from: Yogi Gupta,   
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In yesteryears, the rice was always cooked on top of stove. Stove top cooking as a matter of fact is more nutritional than cooking in pressure cooking. for Baasmati Rice, it also retains the aroma better. 1. Rice One cup 2. Water 2 1/2 cups 3. Salt pinch 4. 1 teaspoon oil Wash, rinse rice and let it remain soaked in water. In a separate pot bring water come to a boil. Add salt and oil. After water comes to a boil, add rice. Start 12 (twelve) minutes timer. After the water comes toa boil again, let it simmer on medium to low heat. Don't cover the rice pot while simmering.Shut the heat off. You may still see water in rice, don't worry. Cover the rice. Let it stand 6 minutes. It is done.…

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Response from: Bhargavi Kethineni,   
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Dear Sri, You can get a microwave rice cooker (Plastic one) that is available in the supermarkets and cook it.In order to get soft mashable rice just add little more water than the regular measurement and cook for more time.Again just soak the rice 2 hrs or so before cooking.As you said you can even cook in the steel vessel on the stove.By cooking in this way, you will come know at which point the rice is soft. If you don't know how to cook the rice on the stove here is how we do it.Soak the rice in cold water for 2 hrs before cooking.Just in a steel vessel approximately heat 2 1/2 or 3 glasses of water for one glass of rice.Once the water gets boiled then add the rice and cover it with lid.After the rice is half cooked remove the lid and keep the flame in low or medium.Then cook until you feel that the rice is soft.You can check this by taking some rice in hand and pressing with fingers.Once the rice is cooked there will be some extra water left with the rice in the vessel.Just drain out that water and after draining out cover the rice with a lid so that it absorbs all the heat in the vessel and rice becomes soft.This goes very well with ghee, dal or rasam.Hope this helps!.

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Response from: Kamala Swaminathan,   
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Take a heavy bottomed vessel. Pour 5 or 6 glasses of water and bring to boil. When it starts boiling, add half of washed rice and stir it with a laddle. Reduce the heat and stir now and then. Cook the rice till soft. You can check this by taking the rice in a laddle and take one rice and press it with your fingers. If it is very soft. Remove it from stove and drain the excess water. Close with lid. This way you can get very soft rice which can be mashed very easily.

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Response from: katy subbu,   
Council Member on
Hi Sri, It is difficult to cook soft rice(small quantity) in a rice cooker. If you have no pressure cooker you can buy one from an Indian store or you have to cook it on stove. roast rice till light brwn in color and store it. when cooking add little more water than for normal rice. you can even grind the roasted rice and store. This way you can easily smash it and also it is easily digestable for the kid. Good Luck.

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Response from: Usha Gurnani,   
Council Member on
You have to add more water to make the rice soft.

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Response from: friend for you,   
Council Member on
Well, You can cook soft when you add really more water to the rice while cooking in electrtic cooker. Or you can try cooking with little more water over stove or microwave. If you feel that it still not soft you can mash cooked rice a blender before feeding.

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Response from: parvathi Dodda,   
Registered Member on
Hi You can use microwavw cooker. You get small one for $5 and big for $8. You just add little more water. Alo you get pressure cookers in sears, goldsmiths, walmart etc for about $25 to $30 for small one.

The quickest way is to dry roast rice and dal seperately in a pan till light gold color. Don't burn. Cool and make it into powder. Keep in airtight container. When ever you need mix 1 spoon of powder to 1/4 cup of water and microwave it for a minute. That is more soft and no need to grind. I used to cook in pressure cooker and grind it. But now I use this powder method which is more convenient for me on the weekdays. In India theyb say that roasted rice and dal are better digested by infants. Hope this helps.

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Response from: Erica Venugopal,   
Featured Member on

You can also cook rice in the microwave. Be sure that you have a vessel that is appropriate and also has a LID. Keep the lid closed, so that the steam gets into the rice. If it is not cooked soft enough, add a bit more water and cook it longer.

You could cook the rice in your rice cooker too. Add more water than normal to the rice itself and you will get a softer product.

Best wishes.

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Response from: U UK,   
Council Member on
Cook rice in an open pan with more water then needed, this will make rice more soft.

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