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Title: Has anyone tried boiling rice in a microwave?
Post by: Wowbagger on August 09, 2019, 08:08:08 pm
We are cooking curry but because our kitchen is being refurbished and we are without a proper cooker, I am cooking the curry in a large cauldron on a single-"burner" induction hob and I have a basin in the microwave with basmati rice and water. I was wondering how long it was likely to take and how successful I am going to be.
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Post by: JennyB on August 09, 2019, 08:25:00 pm
Never tried boiling it in the microwave,  but my usual method is just to put it in twice the volume of cold water, bring it to the boil, then take it off the heat and let it stand. Ten minutes does basmati, twenty does brown.
Title: Re: Has anyone tried boiling rice in a microwave?
Post by: hellymedic on August 09, 2019, 08:32:20 pm
I've not done microwave rice and timings vary with the power of your machine and the size of its load.

Bring basin to boil with oven on FULL, watching like a hawk.

Switch to medium-low for 15 min.
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Post by: Jaded on August 09, 2019, 08:33:32 pm
Rip the packet top halfway across, then pop in microwave for however long it says for your MW power.
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Post by: rafletcher on August 09, 2019, 08:42:18 pm
Basmati cooks quickly, 6 minutes in boiling water. Ham’s method sounds right.
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Post by: Canardly on August 09, 2019, 09:15:58 pm
We are cooking curry but because our kitchen is being refurbished and we are without a proper cooker, I am cooking the curry in a large cauldron on a single-"burner" induction hob and I have a basin in the microwave with basmati rice and water. I was wondering how long it was likely to take and how successful I am going to be.
Being able to eat edible food whilst having a kitchen refurb is a considerable success in itself. BTDT.
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Post by: fuaran on August 09, 2019, 09:19:48 pm
Good excuse to buy a rice cooker.
Title: Re: Has anyone tried boiling rice in a microwave?
Post by: Kim on August 09, 2019, 09:24:28 pm
At atmospheric pressure water boils at 100C, regardless of how it's being heated.  Cooking rice in a microwave is close enough to a pan on the hob as makes no difference, though it may take slightly longer to come to a boil.  IME main problem with this approach is that it ties up the microwave.


(When I was a PSO, I had a flatmate who lived on microwaved rice and sweetcorn.  Approximately once a week he'd burn a fish-finger or two under the grill to go with it.  I've not been able to abide the smell of sweetcorn since.)
Title: Re: Has anyone tried boiling rice in a microwave?
Post by: Canardly on August 09, 2019, 09:32:51 pm
TBH nowadays for convenience we use Basmati microwavable rice fairly often and at 2 mins a portion it is very convenient and a  lot less faff. Catering for a group of peeps silmultaneously is a lot more problematic of course.
Title: Re: Has anyone tried boiling rice in a microwave?
Post by: Canardly on August 09, 2019, 09:35:36 pm
PSO?
Title: Re: Has anyone tried boiling rice in a microwave?
Post by: Kim on August 09, 2019, 09:37:22 pm
TBH nowadays for convenience we use Basmati microwavable rice fairly often and at 2 mins a portion it is very convenient and a  lot less faff.

I prefer rice cooked properly, but those are extremely convenient, and we tend to keep a few in the cupboard for emergencies and attacks of CBAness.
Title: Re: Has anyone tried boiling rice in a microwave?
Post by: Kim on August 09, 2019, 09:37:40 pm
PSO?

Penniless Student Oaf
Title: Re: Has anyone tried boiling rice in a microwave?
Post by: Canardly on August 09, 2019, 09:49:10 pm
I would describe you as many things, but Oaf would not be one of them.  :-D
Title: Re: Has anyone tried boiling rice in a microwave?
Post by: Wowbagger on August 09, 2019, 11:39:16 pm
It worked surprisingly well, but as Kim said it took a long time to come to the boil. Had I boiled the water in the kettle first it would have been fine.

The curry was generally well received and the quantities were sufficiently industrial that there is plenty for the freezer.

In a week's time we will have our spanking new AEG cooker with induction loveliness.
Title: Re: Has anyone tried boiling rice in a microwave?
Post by: nicknack on August 09, 2019, 11:45:28 pm
I always cook rice like this. It's usually Aldi's basmati. Put rice in covered pot with double quantity of water. Bung in microwave. Rice for 2 takes 15 min in our ancient micro.
Title: Re: Has anyone tried boiling rice in a microwave?
Post by: bludger on August 10, 2019, 12:02:31 am
My uncle does rice beautifully in a microwave. Another guy in my club is from Singapore and microwaves his too, his hot tip is to really really thoroughly wash the rice, as in 5-6 times.
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Post by: T42 on August 10, 2019, 08:22:21 am
PSO?

Penniless Student Oaf

I've felt like that all my life.
Title: Re: Has anyone tried boiling rice in a microwave?
Post by: Johnny Faro on August 10, 2019, 08:25:51 am
Indeed it must be possible. I've never done it but once a teenage son of one of our friends came round and for whatever reason it came up we didn't have a microwave. His question was how do you cook rice? We now have a microwave but I've yet to cook rice in it.
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Post by: Mrs Pingu on August 10, 2019, 10:12:37 am
I think I would done it the other way round and cooked the curry in the micro and the rice on the hob. Or cook the curry on hob and then keep warm in the micro while the rice cooks on the hob.
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Post by: rr on August 10, 2019, 11:26:17 am
Cooking rice is more about mass transfer (getting water into the grain) than heat transfer, heating it accelerates the process. Any method that gets basmati rice in contact with twice its volume of around boiling water for around 10 minutes will do.
I'm told that soaking it in cold water overnight will also work, but I am wary of this due to the ability of rice to grow some very nasty toxins.

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Post by: caerau on August 10, 2019, 12:07:44 pm
Why not just chuck the rice in the curry?  Home made biriani, lovely.
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Post by: Cudzoziemiec on August 10, 2019, 12:26:30 pm
I think I'd have boiled it for a couple of minutes then left it to soak in the boiled water with the lid on for another 10 or so, freeing up the hob for the curry.
Title: Re: Has anyone tried boiling rice in a microwave?
Post by: rafletcher on August 10, 2019, 01:16:41 pm
I think I would done it the other way round and cooked the curry in the micro and the rice on the hob. Or cook the curry on hob and then keep warm in the micro while the rice cooks on the hob.

Yep, curry on the hob, then set aside for the 5 or 6 minutes the rice takes would have been my method.
Title: Re: Has anyone tried boiling rice in a microwave?
Post by: Vernon on August 10, 2019, 10:58:01 pm
I use the (hob) method given by Madhur Jaffrey: bring the rice to the boil in twice its weight of water (125g rice, 250g water for two) in a saucepan with a close fitting lid. When boiling, stir once, put the lid back on and take it off the heat. It will be ready to eat in 25 minutes, fluff with a fork before serving. You can probably do the same with the rice in a bowl in the microwave.
Title: Re: Has anyone tried boiling rice in a microwave?
Post by: ian on August 12, 2019, 10:12:31 am
I just add the rice to well-salted boiling water and let it boil for a minute and then take off the hob and let stand for the required amount of cooking time. Before serving, I rinse it through with boiling water from the kettle. Job done.
Title: Re: Has anyone tried boiling rice in a microwave?
Post by: Valiant on August 16, 2019, 12:55:30 am
I do it a fair bit, 2 to 1 ratio, 8-10 minutes.
Title: Re: Has anyone tried boiling rice in a microwave?
Post by: Vince on August 16, 2019, 11:22:09 am
We had a special microwave rice cooker as a wedding present. It had a pressure seal on the lid.

We never used as we didn't get a microwave until much later, by which time the seal had gone AWOL.

Title: Re: Has anyone tried boiling rice in a microwave?
Post by: ian on August 16, 2019, 12:26:16 pm
Honestly, bring it to the boil and leave it. It works. And there's no risk of overcooking to a stodgogeddon.