I have been cooking the same Mexican rice recipe from my mother-in-law for months. It is different every time! She said it is hard to get right, but I used to do it perfectly. Lately, I can NOT get it right. The recipe calls for extra long-grain rice to be browned in oil til a LIGHT golden brown- oil is removed and veggies and broth is added. Rice is supposed to cook covered (with steam allowed to escape) for not more than 10 min. It used to come out perfect- the grains were cooked, but not mushy. Now, some of the rice comes out crunchy as if the grains are not fully cooked. I can tell by looking at them, which grains are crunchy. I HATE this! The factors that I have thought may be the cause are either not enough moisture, too much moisture, browning too long or not long enough, not removing enough oil, or using the wrong pan which doesn't circulate moisture right or something. When I used to get it right, I was cooking the rice in a skillet with a lid, but I had to get rid of that pan. My new skillet doesn't have a lid and it is bigger. I put foil loosely over the pan, but when I discovered it not coming out right, I thought that it needed a real lid (thinking the shape is important). So then I tried it in a pot with a lid- still not right. The pot is not quite as big as the skillet in circumference, so the bed of rice inside is thicker than in the skillet and of course it is taller, so the lid is higher. I thought maybe the pan dimensions was the cause. I have no idea! I am not a chef, so I don't know if this is a simple issue of moisture amount or if the pan makes a difference. I am going to buy another skillet with a lid, but I don't know if this will fix the problem. If I add water, it seems that I can eventually soften the rice, but then it gets kind of tore up. I don't know what else I could be doing different? Maybe I remove a little more or less of the oil. Maybe my temp is too high and I am not cooking long enough (I sometimes have to stir it or it gets burned which I never had to do before). I don't know! Please help!
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4/19/04 at 11:43am