Here are the simple instructions on how to make Japanese rice at home with a rice cooker.
For stovetop cooking method (not using a rice cooker), click here.
If you need to make Sushi Rice (seasoned with sushi vinegar seasoning) to make sushi, click here to get the recipe.
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- 1 rice cooker cups uncooked Japanese short grain rice (1 rice cooker cups = 150 g or 180 ml, see Notes)
- 200 ml water
- Put rice in a large bowl. Rinse the rice and discard the water immediately. Rice absorbs water very quickly when you start washing, so don't let the rice absorb the unclear water. Repeat this process 1-2 times.
- Now use your fingers to gently wash the rice in a circular motion.
- Rinse and discard water. Repeat this process 3-4 times.
- Let the rice soak in water for 30 minutes and then drain completely.
- Transfer the rice into the rice cooker bowl. Add water (good water, do not use warm or hot water) to 1 cup for "White Rice" (In this case, I use 3 cups of rice, so I add water till 3 cups line.). And click to start (I use "Softer" option for our liking).
- Once the rice is done cooking, let it steam for another 10 minutes. Fluff the rice with a rice paddle.
Rice cooker cup: This is NOT same as 1 cup (240 ml). 1 rice cooker cup is 180 ml.
- 1 rice cooker cup (150 g of rice) will make 330 gram of cooked rice, which will be about 2 bowls of rice and you can make 3 rice balls (typical Japanese rice ball size is 110 gram each).
Equipment you will need:
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