I was so excited after reading the instructions for this rice cooker by Aroma, who makes an amazing variety of different cookers, that this one actually calls for different amounts of water depending on whether you are cooking white or brown rice. Hello, don’t the rest of the manufactures get that there really is a difference? Brown rice requires more liquid to cook properly. Do yourself a huge favor and be sure to follow the directions and rinse the rice thoroughly.
I cannot emphasize this particular instruction enough, because it really does make a difference and not only prevents spill over of liquid but also keeps the rice from burning or sticking to the bottom of the cooking vessel. Another huge hint is to add a teaspoon of cooking oil per two measured cups of dry rice. I use safflower oil, because it doesn’t affect the flavor of the rice, plus it’s the same oil I use in the wok.
This is indeed a small little cooker, good for only one or two people, especially if you are cooking brown rice where the maximum amount of uncooked rice is 2 cups, resulting in 4 cups cooked. Since we are now empty-nesters, this is perfect my husband and me.
I made 2 cups of brown rice in about 40 minutes last night and 4 cups of brown rice in 45 minutes today. Both batches of rice came out perfect! Then I let the unit cool off completely and made 4 more cups of rice and steamed frozen haricot vert during the last 10 minutes of cook time. OMG(osh!) When we order in Thai or Chinese food, we will never have a need to order rice again. This little wonder cooks it up in the time it takes for delivery.
Update 12/23/16: so still very much in love with this little rice cooker! I think this has been the best, bar none, appliance I have purchased in a while. This little wonder just cooks it’s little heart out! It makes perfect rise every time. Again, the real key is to rinse the rice.
Update 09/12/17: Still awesome!!!