For light and fluffy grains, cover a pot with a kitchen towel before placing the lid on the pot while cooking (make sure to fold the towel edges onto the top of the pot to keep them away from the burner).

Doing so will create a better seal between the pan and lid, and the towel will catch the steam. This prevents the condensation that collects on the pot lid from falling back into the pan and onto the grains–which can make them too wet and gummy.

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