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Step #7: Replace Lid and Switch off Heat.
The Final Step: 'Steaming' the rice.
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Step #7: When all (or most) of the rice-water has been absorbed, replace the lid and switch off the heat. Allow the pot to sit undisturbed for another 10-15 minutes, or until you're ready to eat. The residual heat inside the pot will 'steam' the rice and any remaining water will be absorbed, leaving your rice well done and tasting pleasantly sticky.
Tip: Keep the lid of your rice pot on until you're ready to eat - it will stay warm and delicious for up to 2 hours. If you have an electric stove, don't remove it from the switched-off burner, as the residual heat will also help keep the pot warm. This is a great tip if you're throwing a dinner party, as you can make the rice well ahead of time and leave it to stay warm while you get on with making the rest of the meal.