Good boiled rice for one

To all hungry, lonely guys who are left with a fridge with Friday nights curry in, still fresh in it’s doggy bag sitting on the middle shelf with some beer and you get that uncontrollable hunger that only Fridays great takeaway can satisfy.

Now rather than going out for more boiled rice.

  • Measure 60ml of long grain or basmati rice into a fine sieve and wash off the starch, if you don’t have a sieve use a cup and fill with water, stir the rice and pour off as much of the water as you can through your fingers (try not to loose too much rice!).
  • Put the washed rice into a non-metallic container with a lid, at about 3 pints capacity.
  • Add to the rice, a pinch of salt, a desert spoon of cooking oil and boiling water, about 2.5 times the volume of the rice i.e. 150ml or however you have measured it.
  • Place two pieces of kitchen roll on a dinner plate, put the container of rice on it.
  • Place the whole lot into the microwave and put on full power for about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from the microwave after the PING and remove the lid.
  • If it’s gone well, fluff up the rice with a fork and leave while you reheat Friday’s curry, serve using the warm plate from under the rice.
  • OR, if it’s not gone well and is a little watery, empty the rice into a sieve and pour boiling water over it, or just drain off as much of the water through a tiny gap in the lid, leave open to let the rice dry while you reheat Friday night’s curry, serve using the warm plate from under the rice.
  • OR, if the rice is a little too dry for your taste make a note to add more water next time or cut down the cooking time.

If no microwave:

  • Use a large pan on the stove only this time use about 4 times the volume of boiling water to rice.
  • It is important to check that the rice and water are simmering not boiling madly.
  • When most of the water appears to have gone (about 4 to 5 minutes) take off the stove and leave for a minute while you reheat Fridays curry.

Whatever you have done, make a note of it so next time you can improve it.


  • Microwave.
  • Measure.
  • Rice, salt, cooking oil.
  • Cooking container about 3 pint, maybe a casserole, plastic microwave dish or similar.
  • Dinner plate.
  • Kitchen roll.
  • Knife & fork or spoon.

Good Luck.

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