Cooking rice isn't hard. Many people in western Europe are using a simple cooking pot while some have moved on to the cooking method that is favoured in Asia: the rice cooker.
No matter which one you are using, the question of the optimal water-rice ratio remains.
In this article we will give you the broad pointers of how much water you should use for great rice texture and taste. For the rice nerds among you, we have just what you need. Extensive tables of our recommendation for practically all kinds of rice, quinoa and bulgur in different cooking appliances.
Cooking rice in a pot
For best results we recommend using 1 part rice and 1.5 parts water to cook white rice like Basmati, Jasmine or Sushi. For wholegrain a.k.a. brown rice, use a rice : water ratio of 1 : 2.5.
Cooking rice in a rice cooker
Premium rice cookers make effective use of the hot steam to cooke rice to perfection and thus need a little less water compared to a regular pot. Use rice-water in a ratio of 1 : 1.25 for white rice. For wholegrain rice use 1 : 1.75 with the mini rice cooker or 1 : 2 with the big one.