– Depending on the kind of rice you use, you may or not need to soak it in water before cooking. I have found soaking my rice in water for 15 minutes or so (until you are able to easily break a grain of rice between your thumb and index finger) helps speed the cooking process. When you do this, you naturally use less cooking water.
– I am aware that, in some recipes, you are almost “forbidden” from stirring the rice. But it worked best for me this way. Grateful to Bobby Flay for this tip.