1. Use Broth Instead of Water
- Swap out plain water for chicken, vegetable, or beef broth. The broth adds a rich, savory depth to the rice, infusing it with flavors that water alone cannot achieve.
2. Toast the Rice
- Before adding any liquid, toast the rice in a bit of oil or butter until it’s slightly golden. This not only imparts a nutty flavor but also helps each grain of rice stay separate and fluffy.
3. Add Aromatics
- Aromatics are key! Sauté onions, garlic, or shallots in the pot before adding the rice. Then, add herbs like thyme, rosemary, or bay leaves, and spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, or star anise while the rice cooks. These add wonderful fragrance and complexity to the rice.
4. Use the Right Ratio
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