Rice or beans that have been cooked so as to be firm but not hard. “Al dente” also describes vegetables that are cooked to the “tender crisp” phase – still offering resistance to the bite, but cooked through.
I always thought the question: “how would you like your pasta cooked?” was ridiculous, “I would like it cooked for god sake!” “What do u mean how? …until its not raw?…”
Turns out I was the ridiculous one (but don’t tell the guy I scoffed at)