If you soak your rice over night, especially the brown red etc. it absorbs the water better and stays moist longer. If you heat the water turn it off and let the rice set in it for a few hours before you cook it it will absorb almost as well.
Why are you using oil to cook rice? Oil isn’t required bro. I always just cook mine on the stove top, 1 cup of rice and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, lower to a simmer, cover, and 15 minutes later it’s done. It’s always a 2:1 water:rice ratio, so however much you want to make just use that ratio. Add oil after cooking if you’re looking to add fats, or just drink the oil and leave it off the rice lol. I can’t be of much help with the microwave, I don’t cook anything in mine, it’s just used for warming/reheating. If my home didn’t come with a built-in microwave I wouldn’t even have one lol.
2 cups of water and a drop of olive oil in a pot. Bring to boil, add 1 and 1/2 cup of dry rice ( i do jasmin ) boil on low with a lid. Literally only takes a few min. The water will evaporate and the rice done.
You don’t need a rice cooker bro, just use a pot, it’s super easy. Rice is such a staple that I don’t even think about how to cook it. Take a pot with a lid, add one part rice to two parts water, add a bit of salt or whatever seasoning you might like to use (you can add “better than boullion”, spices, substitute stock or broth for water, etc), cover and bring it to a boil, reduce heat to low once it reaches a boil, and cook for 15 minutes. You now have perfectly cooked rice, flavored however you want.
A rice cooker is easy, sure, and it’s nice to have one, but it’s completely unnecessary.
If you add just a little extra water...not to much..it will make nice moist rice. Problems people have with rice as it's dry and becomes monotonous. Chicken base, you can blend up stewed tomatoes and add a couple tablespoons. A tablespoon or two of cream of chicken. Obviously soy sauce ..Sriracha things of that nature. Teriyaki sauce there's a lot you can do with rice. I myself eat a lot of Spanish rice. A rice cooker is a no brainer. If you're going to cook on the stove it's the same recipe but do not I repeat do not lift the lid ever. In fact some women will beat your ass for lifting a lid
Add 2-3 tbl oil to a sauce pan and heat on medium high. Add some garlic and onion and sauté for 30 seconds. Add 1 cup rice and sauté while stirring another minute. Add 2 cups of chicken stock and let boil,cover, and turn down to medium low. Cook for 7 minutes, stir, recover and cook another 7 minute s