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Desperately seeking solution to mushy sticky rice in Jambalaya, Paella, Peas and Rice

I've tried everything that I've read on how to get the rice properly flavorful but distinct firm grains in dishes like Jambalaya, Paella, and Jamaican Peas and Rice but no matter what I try I get sticky mushy rice. I'm diligent about properly rinsing the rice, not using too much water and using the correct kind of rice for the right application all to no avail.

asked by Keiperr over 2 years ago
7 answers 8269 views
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added over 2 years ago

Try a converted rice, problem solved.

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added over 2 years ago

try toasting the rice lightly before cooking it.

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added over 2 years ago

Don't rinse your rice. Be sure to cover the pot and don't peek, and definitely don't stir it. Just don't! I learned this one the hard way...make sure you r flame is low and the liquid is the correct amount and you will be ok. You can check rice that is cooking by itself in the pot at 20 minutes and then add a little liquid or cook a little longer as necessary. and most important of all, no peeking and no stirring.

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added about 1 month ago

Don't rinse. I learned long time ago that first you need to heat oil. When really hit add rice and toast lightly.

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added about 1 month ago

Use a flame tamer to get the lowest possible and well distributed heat source.

Always rinse and soak your rice, always. Talc, impurities and excess starches are found within most raw rice products. Rinse your rice in multiple changes of water, and make sure you drain it well, to ensure you dont introduce more water than you want.
Resting your rice is essential. Once off the heat, the resting period enables the moisture to distribute through the rice.
Again, your rice needs to be cleaned prior to using. I married into a large Chinese family (who mostly use rice cookers) and they all assiduously wash their rice. Thats where I learned to do so. Wasing the rice in fact, eliminates excess starch, its this external starch which causes rice grains to stick together and get mushy. You also need to play with the water volumes added. A process with a proper resting period requires less water.