Recipe video above. The key to fluffy jasmine rice is to use less water than usual because it's a softer rice - only 1 1/4 cups for each 1 cup of rice. Most recipes get this wrong and the rice is way too soft/gummy. Rinsing is optional - it barely makes a difference to fluffiness (see comments in post). And it's a pain! Also, if you rinse, you need to reduce water by 2 tablespoons to factor in that the rice becomes waterlogged!1 cup rice = 3 cups cooked = 3 to 4 servings as a side.
Place rice and water in a medium saucepan (one with a tight fitting lid). Bring to rapid simmer with NO LID on medium high.
Turn down to low or medium low so it's simmering gently, then place lid on. Do not lift lid during cook.
Cook 12 minutes or until water is absorbed by rice - tilt pot to check (if lid not glass, then QUICKLY lift lid to check).
Keep the lid on then remove from heat. Stand 10 minutes, fluff with rubber spatula or rice paddle, then serve.
RINSED RICE (Note 3):
Place rice in a bowl, fill with water and swish. Once cloudy, drain. Repeat 2 - 3 more times until water is pretty clear - it will never be completely clear.
Drain rice in a colander, transfer to saucepan.
Add water. Follow cook steps above in No Rinsing.
Use a medium to large saucepan for up to 2 cups. For 3 cups rice+, use a pot.
If lid is not tight fitting or heavy, then you may get bubble overflow - reduce heat if this happens, it will subside as water gets absorbed by rice.
Glass lid is easiest - you can see what's going on inside without lifting the lid, especially useful at end to check if all water is absorbed.
Reason we bring to simmer without lid is to reduce risk of overflow once lid goes on. If you bring to simmer with lid on, you need to be more careful about exactly when you turn the heat down so it doesn't get foamy overflow. Much easier to to lid off first, then lid on when you turn it down.
2. You need simmer, if it sits there doing nothing then the rice bloats and goes gummy.3. Rinsing - only rinse if a) force of habit you can't break b) you bought direct from a rice farm or similar and the rice might need cleaning. Retail rice sold in packets is clean.4. Nutrition per serving, assuming 4 servings.