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Basic wild rice

Basic wild rice
Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

Real wild rice, the reedy lake and river grain beloved by the Ojibwa Indians, is a prehistoric pantry staple older than the country itself. Far more than its cultivated cousins, it expresses the flavor of the land that fosters it: ... Read more

Total time: About 1 hour | Makes 4 cups cooked rice
  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Step 1Rinse the rice: Place the rice into a mesh strainer and quickly run under cold water.

Step 2In a medium saucepan, combine the rice, water and salt over medium-high heat. Bring the water to a boil, then cover and reduce to a simmer.

Step 3Cook the rice until most of the water is absorbed and the rice is swollen (some kernels should "butterfly," or split apart to reveal their white pith), anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes, depending on the size and color of the rice. As a general rule of thumb, though, longer and darker rice will take additional time to cook. If some liquid remains after the rice is done, drain it off, as when making pasta.

Step 4Fluff the rice with a fork and cook for one additional minute over low heat to evaporate any excess liquid.


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