Ways of Cooking Plain Rice

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By Claudia Roden

Published 1986

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By some Middle Eastern standards 500 g (1 lb) of rice is needed to feed 2 people, but by European ones it is usually enough for 6. In my own family it satisfies 4.
It is more convenient to measure rice in teacupfuls because it is the accurate volume rather than the weight that is important in measuring the liquid for cooking. You will find that a large teacup, 225 ml (8 fl oz), holds about 250 g (8 oz) of rice.
In a few countries, though not all, it is considered preferable to cook the rice in stock. A chicken or meat stock left over from a soup or stew, used instead of water, will make a magnificent rice.