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How to make fluffy rice
Making fragrant and fluffy rice day after day is a task best left to the experts. Or so we thought. Now get your plain rice just right!
Wash rice in fresh water at least 4 times and soak it for 30 mins. This helps the rice grains expand to their maximum length and also makes them less brittle. Drain the water and set aside.
Meanwhile, in a vessel, bring water to a boil. Add salt, a tejpatta, elaichi and laung for flavour.
When the water boils along with the whole spices for a minute, add the drained rice to it along with a teaspoon of ghee and lime juice or vinegar. While the ghee prevents the grains from sticking, the lime juice or vinegar makes it whiter and firmer.
When the rice is almost cooked—it takes about 8-9 minutes—drain immediately and spread in a wide-mouthed vessel like a paraat (used for kneading dough) or a big rice plate. This prevents the steam from softening the rice further and overcooking it.
Remove the whole spices and bay leaf. Transfer the rice to a bowl once the steam has escaped and keep it covered till you serve.