Preparing arborio rice differs from most other rice preparations in that the liquid is added a little at a time, rather than all at once, and arborio rice must be stirred as it cooks. These steps help to release starches and promote creaminess.
In a heavy saucepan combine 1 cup of rice with 1 1/2 cups (375mL) of water or stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, stirring constantly until liquid is absorbed. Add an additional 3 cups (750mL) of water or broth 1 cup (250mL) a little at a time, cooking and stirring until liquid is absorbed each time. Cooking time is approximately 20 minutes. Use in making risotto, or add finely chopped mint and diced cucumber and serve chilled as a salad.
To reheat rice, for each 1 cup (200g) of cooked rice, add 2 Tbsp (30mL) liquid. Cover and heat four to five minutes on top of range or in oven. In a microwave oven, cook on High about 1 1/2 minutes per cup (200g).