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What does layering biryani actually do?

From what I understand, biryani is never stirred except at the end when it is served. Part of the reasons for not stirring is that traditionally during the second stage of cooking, the partially ...
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How (or is there) a way to make my rice more fluffy than sticky? Given my current approach

There are a few variables here: Shorter grain rices tend to be more sticky than longer grain rices, so using a medium grain (my personal choice for the balance) or long grain rice will give you ...
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How (or is there) a way to make my rice more fluffy than sticky? Given my current approach

Here is a simple way to make white rice if you do not have a rice cooker. Measure a generous double the amount of water to rice. Pour in the rice, sprinkle a bit of salt in and stir. Then boil the ...
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How (or is there) a way to make my rice more fluffy than sticky? Given my current approach

I usually like fluffy rice more and use the following method that comes out pretty consistently considering I don't have a rice cooker: Use basmati or jasmin rice, i.e., long grained rice varieties ...
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What does layering biryani actually do?

When I cook a biryani, my goal is to ultimately get a crusty rice layer on the bottom. I use a dutch oven. When ready I flip the biryani onto a serving platter (a tricky maneuver for sure), the crusty ...
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Should I wash the rice before making t'beet (Iraqi chicken & rice)?

Let me give you more specific advice on T'beet/T'bit and rice. Many Middle Eastern rice dishes require washing rice in multiple changes of water, because that's the Persian tradition that ensures very ...
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Should I wash the rice before making t'beet (Iraqi chicken & rice)?

Most rice cultures wash their rice, because white rice may still have a layer of ‘fine bran’. If the rice was stored at higher temperatures or for too long, the little bits of bran can go rancid and ...
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Why are some Chinese rice noodles cooked starting from cold water?

This is not a complete answer, but: bear in mind that rice noodles (and mung bean noodles, etc) do not have gluten. They are held together by amylose, a form of starch. Starch absorbs water readily ...
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Why are some Chinese rice noodles cooked starting from cold water?

When cooking thinner rice noodles, due to their delicate nature, adding them to already boiling water can cause over softening. Starting from cold allows the process to be more gradual and keep them ...
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What does layering biryani actually do?

Adding a historical note, which supplements the other answers on this question: Historically, Biryani only had two layers (see video of making a 1500s biryani here). It consisted of a meat stew (...
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How (or is there) a way to make my rice more fluffy than sticky? Given my current approach

Occasionally it "magically" comes out fluffy. Generally it comes out sticky... would it be possible, given the process I describe, for someone to explain to me how to get fluffy consistently?...
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How much Saffron for Rice?

In my quick test, one thread of saffron weighed about half a microgram on average. When making one cup (4.5 dL) of dry rice I’d generally use about ten threads. So, approximately one microgram per ...
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Does the ratio of rice:water change if rinsed first?

So, I went to the bookstore and looked up the basic rice recipe in Japaneasy. The extra water from rinsing the rice is expected. That's a recipe for cooking on the stovetop by the absorption method, ...
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How (or is there) a way to make my rice more fluffy than sticky? Given my current approach

My method is rather different but it seems to work. I use basmati rice. I usually soak it for around 10 minutes but am not sure if it makes much difference. Probably because I add the rice to a lot of ...
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How (or is there) a way to make my rice more fluffy than sticky? Given my current approach

Using a rice cooker or electric pressure cooker produces better results than other cooking methods, but you can do several things when cooking rice that will make your rice restaurant quality no ...
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How (or is there) a way to make my rice more fluffy than sticky? Given my current approach

I made a careful chart of the various thoughts in the answers here, with a goal of at first extracting ONE method or focus to address the issue Hence, a single factor, or one-factor-at-a-time ...
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Why are some Chinese rice noodles cooked starting from cold water?

In addition to the overcooking or uneven cooking issue, starting noodles in cold water also prevents them from sticking or clumping together. Similar but related conversation over here. That said, in ...
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How to keep rice in sushi-like dishes from drying out overnight?

You can significantly improve the texture of slightly stale rice by sprinkling water on it and then sticking it in the microwave for thirty-ish seconds (the exact time probably depends on your ...
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Does washing rice in a non-stick pot erode the non-stick coating over time?

here is evidence. someone posted on blog. korean probably using rice cooker every day(almost used 4year) and washed rice inside the pot and coating has peeled off. once it started peel off. it will be ...
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How to avoid "Keep Warm" mode on rice-cooker

Since you know exactly how long your cook time is (or at least you should have a relative idea of it), you can just put the rice cooker on a power supply that has a timer-based shut-off mechanism. ...
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How much Saffron for Rice?

Max's answer of 2 pinches saffron to 2 cups dry rice is perfect AND precise IMO. Perfect, because in my 40+ years of making risotto, I have settled on that same amount of saffron. Precise because the ...
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Fastest or most efficient way to cook rice in a pot with a lid?

See here: https://www.thekitchn.com/does-soaking-brown-rice-really-help-it-cook-faster-putting-tips-to-the-test-in-the-kitchen-219644 This says she tested and proved that soaking brown rice for 8hrs ...
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