Use less water in rice cookers

Rice cooker: how much water do you need?

Basic rule for the saucepan

If you want to cook our usual parboiled long grain rice in a saucepan using the swelling method, you add one and a half times the amount of water to the rice.

It's easy to do by taking a cup. First measure the amount of rice in cups and then multiply the number of cups by 1.5. The result is the number of cups of water to add.

An example:

2 cups of rice x 1.5 -> 3 cups of water

It works the same way with the rice cooker. At least if you use the rice variety that is common here.

Other types of rice

Other types of rice often need significantly more water than the long-grain rice that is common here. The following table gives an overview of the most common types of rice and their rice-water ratio.

Rice varietyRice: water ratio.
Basmati rice1 : 1,5
Jasmine rice1 : 1,5
Sticky rice1: 1.5 (Caution: soak for at least 2 hours beforehand!)
Mochi rice1: 2.5 (Caution: soak at least 8 hours beforehand!)
Paella rice1: 3 (better use vegetable broth than water)
Risotto rice1: 3 (better use vegetable broth than water)
Red rice1 : 2
Black rice1 : 2,5
Wild rice1 : 2,5

Depending on the type of rice, the cooking time for the rice is also significantly different. Click on the link to see a corresponding table.

Soak rice

Only sticky rice and mochi rice are really soaked. With sticky rice, the later consistency is determined by the length of time it takes to soak. At least 2 hours of soaking is required before cooking, up to 10 hours is common. Mochi rice, on the other hand, is always soaked for 8 hours.

Rice pudding can be problematic in the rice cooker because the milk usually burns there. So it's better to use a saucepan for this dish. You can also add everything to rice that should also be steamed: vegetables, spices, fish. Please note, however, that this can either slightly increase or decrease the amount of water required (in the case of highly watery or frozen foods)