Lutu-lutuan #1: Kanin (Rice)

Rice is the most common staple food in the Philippines. We have rice on our table for almost every meal of the day – breakfast, lunch, dinner! So I decided that my first post should be about rice. πŸ˜€


Rice : Water Ratio

Regardless where you will cook rice – in a kaldero (steel caldron) on stove top or an electronic rice cooker, it is very important that you cook your rice with the correct rice to water ratio.

Growing up, I never used the cup measurement. They say it’s 1 1/2 to 2 cups of water to 1 cup of uncooked rice.

Here’s how we do it in our household:

  • After washing, level out the rice. Put down your middle finger into the rice until it the tip touches the bottom of the kaldero.



  • Mark it up to the surface of the rice using the tip of your thumb.

  • The water level should reach that mark while the tip of your middle finger touches the surface of the rice.


  • Rice (We usually have 3 cups of white rice good for 4-5 persons)
  • Water


  1. Put uncooked rice in the kaldero or rice cooker bowl.
  2. Wash the rice 2-3 times.
  3. Add water using the ratio above.
  4. Cover and cook. If your using rice cooker, let your rice cooker do the work. If your using stove, bring the water to a boil then turn down the heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until the rice has fully absorbed the water.

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