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Cooking Rice in Traditional Rice Cooker

 Published 2023-May-02   Updated 2023-May-02

- Submitted by Dahlia

(Stove-top Rice Cooker, Rice Draining Cooker, Water Draining Rice Cooker)

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The stove top rice cooker is a traditional vessel used in South India. In fact one of my grandmother used to make rice using this method only. Well, I am not taking about the pressure cooker or the electric rice cooker. I am talking about the Stove-top Rice Cooker. Many wold not have seen this cooker at all. It is very easy to cook using this cooker and drain the excess liquid. Even beginners can use this rice cooker easily. 

After pressure cookers started becoming popular, this rice cooker slowly disappeared from the shops. I personally always prefer to use the traditional draining method to cook rice. It comes out perfectly and separated. I have this rice cooker and thought of sharing it here so that it may be useful for those who are looking for simpler ways to enjoy rice after draining the excess starch.

This rice cooker almost looks like a idli cooker. It has a draining vessel inside the cooker. Rice is cooked in lot of liquid and then the draining vessel can be easily lifted up to get rid of the water.

Cooking Rice in Traditional Rice Cooker

Preparation Time: 2 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Serves: 6


  • Rice – 2 cups
  • Water – 8 cups
  • Salt – 1 tsp


  1. Take plenty of water in the rice cooker and bring it to a boil.

    Cooking Rice in Traditional Rice Cooker Cooking Rice in Traditional Rice Cooker

  2. In the meantime, wash the rice and soak it in some water for few minutes.
  3. After the water comes to a rolling boil, add salt and the soaked rice.

    Cooking Rice in Traditional Rice Cooker

  4. Cover the rice cooker and let it cook for about 15 minutes. You can open and check if the rice is cooked by pressing between your fingers.

    Cooking Rice in Traditional Rice Cooker

  5. After it is well cooked, switch off. Now just remove the draining liquid out and place it in the sink till all the liquid drains out.

    Cooking Rice in Traditional Rice Cooker Cooking Rice in Traditional Rice Cooker

  6. Perfect fluffy rice is ready to be served.

    Cooking Rice in Traditional Rice Cooker


  • You can also cook pasta, quinoa etc. using this rice cooker using the same method.

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