White Rice

What kind of white rice do you use and how do you cook it: stove, rice cooker, microwave, anything else? I grew up in Bénin and in my house we cook white rice on the stove. When I moved to my first apartment in the US I bought a rice cooker and I used it for a good 6 years. Suddenly It seemed like cooking rice became easier that way. Haha. Then I moved to Chicago. Here in my apartment I have a very small kitchen, so I had to choose between getting a deep fryer and a rice cooker. I went with the deep fryer which means I had to start cooking rice on the stove. When I tell you, it is the best decision I made – I’m not even lying: RICE ON THE STOVE TASTES BETTER y’all. While back home we wait for the water to boil before adding the washed rice, here I combine all my ingredients into a pot at once like you would in a rice cooker. It’s the Easiest – Most Delicious – Best White Rice – PERIODT. Rice is probably the most consumed food in the world, especially in Africa. There are so many different types of rice and today my favorite one is Basmati – it used to be Jasmine. I love it because (1) it is not sticky and (2) you just can’t not nail cooking it. Would love to know what your favorite rice to cook is, but I hope you give this recipe a try as well.


  • 1 cup white rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • A couple slices fresh onions
  • A dash of salt


  • Medium size pot
  • Fork
  • Spatula


  • Add all your ingredients into a medium size pot and mix well
  • Bring to boil
  • As soon as the mixture begins boiling, reduce the heat completely and let the steam do the rest of the work
  • It takes anywhere between 15-20 min to cook the rice, depending of the type of rice being used
  • Allow to cool down
  • In the meantime, cut fresh parsley; then mix into the cooked rice to give it a little green color
  • Serve and enjoy!


  • If you use a rice cooker, the same method will work as well.
  • Try this beef heart stew to go with your white rice. I’m sure you will love it.


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One Response

  1. Hi! Love the history of food you present as well! With this rice, do you turn OFF the heat altogether, and just let the rice steam in the closed pot for 15-20″? Thanks and rock on! Lauren

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