Perfect White Rice
It is possible to make perfectly fluffy white rice on the stovetop. Sauteing the rice first helps keep the rice grains separate. Keeping the pot covered for the entire cooking time traps the steam which is necessary for properly cooking the rice, and is very important. The last 5 minutes off the heat allow the rice to finish in the residual steam, without burning the bottom.
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For a more flavorful side dish, I like to use broth or stock in place of water, and any herbs or seasonings that complement the entree. If you wish to double this, use just 3 3/4 cups water.