Last edited: 23 February 2017
It is fairly easy to cook rice successfully in a solar cooker. Not everyone agrees, however, how this should be done. One well accepted guideline is that it is best to use slightly less water than you would when cooking rice on a conventional stove.
Below are some of the diverse recipes people use when cooking rice:
- Take 2 cups of rice (washed rice if necessary). Heat 3 cups of water until small bubbles appear (approx. 90 °C (194 °F)). Put the rice into the water. Leave it in the solar cooker for about 30 minutes before placing it in an insulated box for at least 15 minutes or until convenient to serve.
- One reader uses Jasmine rice from Thailand. The rice is washed in a strainer to remove the rice powder that can otherwise make the final product gummy. The ratio to use is one part rice to two parts water. Just put water at tap temperature and rice in the pot at the outset. About two hours usually does the job.
- The Institute of Cultural Affairs recommends cooking rice like this: Rice turns out very nicely if you mix 3 parts of rice and 4 parts of water. Be careful with salt; it needs about a third less than usual.
- When cooking rice in a solar cooker, one uses somewhat less water than on a conventional stove since none of the water is lost during the cooking process. Just add the rice to the cold water. Heat to boiling in the solar cooker. If you want to use heat-retention cooking, keep the rice in the solar oven for 10-15 minutes more before putting the put into an insulated box. Otherwise keep the rice in the solar cooker until it is done.