I usually use 1.5 cups of water for every cup of 'white basmati' rice.

Today I used 4 cups of water for 1 cup of 'brown basmati' rice and it came out a bit watery. however i did add more of the water after one round of cooking so maybe that had something to do with the visible water in the rice cooker?

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    Where did you get a 1-4 ratio? Have you looked at your rice cooker's guide on this?
    – Catija
    Jan 30, 2018 at 23:13
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    To add to Catija's comment, rice cookers usually have lines directly on the pot (something like this) and if not I imagine the manual would have an explanation. Have you looked at those? Or are you intentionally ignoring them for brown rice?
    – Cascabel
    Jan 30, 2018 at 23:16
  • Actually it doesn't specify anything for brown rice. It says 1:1.5 for just rice. I got the 1:4 from a guide on the internet. Jan 31, 2018 at 0:39
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    Was it for boiling and draining? I've never seen anything near that high even for brown rice.
    – Cascabel
    Jan 31, 2018 at 1:20
  • no it was a guide on how much to add to a rice cooker when doing brown rice. however it seems a lot of mentions online are saying less. perhaps ill just have to do trial and error and work it out. can we just say 1:2 rice to water ratio is enough? Jan 31, 2018 at 1:33

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A little experimentation with each machine is in order as boiling time and amount of steam lost varies.

A good starting point for short-grain brown rice is to cover by inch. 2 inches if rice is to be rinsed and further steamed.


Overall It depends on the machine/pot you're using. At work we determine it by comparing the amount of water that is above the rice but at home I do a 2:1 ratio, both come out about the same. You just need to figure out your machine and/or pot.

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