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volume of a column = pi r^2 h -> one inch diameter column -> 3.14 * (.5 * 1)^2 * h=1″ is .7853 cubic inches of water above and beyond the amount of water required to just cover the rice

for a 12 inch diameter column pi * 6^2 *1inch yields 113 cubic inches of water on top of the rice.

for a 6 inch column, 28.27 cubic inches

for 4 inch diameter 12.57 cubic inches

As an asian I can confirm this is the ancient technique for measuring the water for rice.

The clever thing is, because rice and water settles evenly due to gravity, the displacement of the rice in the bowl will always be the same. That is why you need precisely enought water to cover the rice plus one inch of water.

If you do want to measure out the water, it is 2 times the water to 1times the amount of rice.

E.g. 1cup rice, 2 cups water.

I found cooking it in 3min bursts, stiring and checking each time for 3 to 5 times, helps less bubbling over and is good if you are unsure of the power of your microwave.

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