4th Grade - Math

LESSON PROBLEM: Measurement: How do you cook a perfect plate of rice?


Rice is a great tasting food. It is packed with complex carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals and has no fat. No matter where you are in the world, you probably eat rice fairly often.

Rice is easy to cook. It takes little preparation to get it just right. If you follow the instructions given here, you can make a perfect plate of white rice every time. Careful measurement, adequate cooking time and the correct amount of cooking liquid are very important in preparing rice. Refer to the table below whenever you make white rice.

1 Cup Uncooked Rice Liquid (cups) Cooking Time (mins.) Cooked Rice Yield (cups)
Milled White Long Grain (1) 1 3/4 - 2 15 3 to 4
Milled White Medium Grain(1) 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 15 3
Parboiled (1) 2 - 2 1/2 20 to 25 3 to 4
Brown (1) 2 - 2 1/2 45 to 50 3 to 4

Cooking Directions
Combine one cup of rice and the cooking liquid in a 2 - 3 quart saucepan. (There are four cups in a quart.) Place the saucepan with the rice and water, over high heat. Heat the rice to boiling. Stir once or twice. Then reduce the heat to simmer, cover the pan. Cook for the amount of time listed on our chart. If the rice is not quite tender or the liquid is not absorbed, replace the lid and cook for 2 - 4 minutes longer. Fluff the rice with a fork.

For perfect rice keep these three hints in mind.

Measure rice and water amounts accurately and carefully. (When measuring liquids with a measuring cup, place the cup on a flat counter and look at the amount measured with your eye on the same level. Your liquid should be just at the measurement line.)

Watch the clock. Rice taken off the burner too soon will be hard and will not be cooked enough. If it is taken off too late it may burn.

Keep the simmering rice covered. It's the steam that builds up that cooks the rice!

You may be cooking a different amount of rice than what is in the chart. All you have to do is adjust the amount of cooking liquid. If you are making two cups of uncooked regular milled rice, you will use double the amount of liquid, about four cups. Remember that rice triples in size when it cooks. So one cup of uncooked rice yields three cups of cooked rice. Make sure that the pot you are using is large enough. Below are some measurement equivalents that you should know.

2 cups 1 pint
4 cups 1 quart
2 pints 1 quart
4 quarts1 gallon


With your parent or guardian's help, make your first pot of rice. Follow the instructions in the

STUDY GUIDE carefully.

How did it come out? Did you put a little too much water in? Or not enough? Or was it just right?!


Compare cooking the perfect plate of rice to comparing the perfect plate of grits. What is different about cooking rice and cooking grits?


  • parboil
  • simmer
  • broth
  • boil
  • season

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