Sometimes, a person can get very annoyed when, after purchasing a bag of rice, only to realize that once at home there are no cooking instructions.
And, being a novice at cooking, one is stuck.
On the other hand, sometimes there are cooking instructions that one follows right down to the last detail and the rice still does not come out right.
The reason for that is sometimes the instructions tell you to put 1 cup of rice to 2 cups of water.
Bring water to boil then put the rice in the pot, cover with the lid, reduce the heat for 18-1/2 minutes or 20 minutes and 18.5 seconds, so let us synchronize our watches, and hope that the water has already evaporated and the rice cooked.
If you hit the jackpot, maybe you end up with good tasting rice.
Obviously, different varieties of rice have different cooking time periods and with each stove being different electric stoves give off different heat proportions to gas stoves, therefore, the instructions on the bags can be way off from reality.
You may end up with very soft rice, which is yucky, and right off the bat you hate the taste.
Or, it is so hard, some people call them bullets and your dentist will love you.
The fact is you do not need a Masters Degree, or a Ph. D. to figure it out.
We still, did, however, ask the top expert in the rice business, the master in rice cooking, the Man for all Seasonings according to the Business Journal Magazine to solve our problem and give us his opinion on this matter: which is very serious.
Mr. Goudas told us that there are people who cook rice very well and he always learns from them.
But for people who have no idea and they want to experiment with the grain, he states: Irregardless of the variety, brand or country of origin, a beginner should do the following:
The recipe below is two-fold: for the absolute beginner who wants to cook just rice and persons with some experience in utilizing the frying pan and being a little creative.
We can almost guarantee you that once you have completed this recipe you will love it forever.
You may create this dish using a variety of rice: white, parboiled, basmati, scented, tai tai, arborio, etc., etc.
Rice with Mixed Vegetables and Tuna
1 cup of rice (enough for one person)
1 can Mr. Goudas Mixed Vegetables
1 can Mr. Goudas Tuna (Flakes or Chunks)
5 tablespoons Mr. Goudas Crushed Tomatoes
3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Soya Oil
4 or more parts water (if using 2 cups of rice, use 6 or 8 cups of water)
salt to taste
2 tablespoons of Mr. Goudas Trinidad Hot Sauce
Put the pot on the stove.
Add the water.
Turn the stove on.
Bring the water to a boil.
When the water begins to bubble it is boiling.
Add that cup of rice and salt to taste.
Let the rice boil until it is tender to your taste.
Every so often taste one grain
It is also quite entertaining to watch the rice boiling, jumping up and down and, since you do not cover the pot, use the lid as your steel drum instrument, a fork as the drumstick and get into the rhythm as you watch the grains bubbling all the while singing the song with the words similar to:
Goudas Rice is very nice.
Goudas Rice is very nice.
It is good for pelau* or Chinese fried rice.
So take my advice and buy Goudas Rice.
In the last few seconds, add can of mixed vegetables.
Stir gently to ensure vegetables are mixed into the rice.
Remove from heat and drain.
The next step is to prepare the tuna.
In a large frying pan, heat olive oil.
Add chopped onions and saute for a minute or two.
Add 1/3 cup of water, 4 or 5 tablespoons of crushed tomato, hot sauce and 1 can of tuna.
Cook for 3 or 4 minutes until tuna is completely heated and to allow the onions and tomato flavour to penetrate it.
Do not allow all the sauce to evaporate.
Place a bed of rice of a flat dish and garnish with the tuna, tomatoes and onions.
Enjoy each mouthful.
We know you will definitely be cooking this dish again and again and again.
(We would like to point out that the above recipe is based on tuna.
However, you may substitute it with already cooked chicken or beef left over from yesterday.
*Pelau is one of the national dishes of Trinidad and Tobago.
It consists of rice and green pigeon peas cooked together in the same pot with you meat (chicken or beef).
Of course you use Mr. Goudas Rice and Mr. Goudas Green Pigeon Peas.
Spyros Peter Goudas
Σπύρος Πήτερ Γούδας
Please Note: Rice is an ingredient used in thousands of recipes all over the world. In this website, we have mentioned the use of various types of rice in the following recipes