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Rice is a staple of many people's diets and has been for centuries. Author Yotam Ottolenghi once said, "Rice can play the lead or be a sidekick." It is delicious, affordable and easily accessible. Most adults assume that everyone knows how to cook rice. There are, however, intricacies to cooking rice that every amateur or experienced chef should know. Perfectly cooked rice is a key step in several popular dishes such as sushi, risotto, curries, and stir-fries. Even the most basic of dishes can lend to opening your palate, and begin a culinary adventure.

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1. Rinse Your Rice

No matter which variety of is rice chosen for the meal, it's always important to rinse the rice. Imported rice has traveled a long distance and been repackaged. Washing the rice removes additions that may have gotten mixed in. Additionally, cleaning rice washes away the excess starch before cooking. This step helps to prevent rice from turning out gummy.

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