Do You Have To Wash Rice Before Cooking? That’s What Culinary Experts Say

RediksiaSunday, 9 July 2023 | 06:24 GMT+0000
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DIKSIA.COM - , or paddy, is a staple food for billions of people in and .

is also a versatile ingredient in many famous dishes from around the world, including dolmades from Greece, risotto from Italy, paella from Spain and rice pudding from England.

Despite its universal appeal, the question in every kitchen is whether rice should be washed before cooking.

What do the experts say?

In a quote from The Conversation, culinary experts claim that pre-washed rice can reduce the amount of starch derived from rice grains.

This can be seen in the cloudy rinsing water, which research has shown to be free starch (amylose) on the surface of the grain resulting from the milling process.

Rice washing is recommended in culinary circles when you want the rice grains separated.

But other dishes like risotto, paella, and rice pudding (where you need a gooey and creamy effect) skip the wash.

Other factors such as the rice variety, family traditions, local health warnings, and even the time of day affect whether a person needs to wash the rice before cooking.

Is there any evidence that washing rice makes it less sticky?

A recent study on sciencedirect.com compared the effects of washing on the stickiness and hardness of three different types of rice from the same supplier.

The three types are sticky rice, medium grain rice, and jasmine rice.

These different types of rice are either not washed at all, washed three times with water, or washed ten times with water.

Contrary to what cooks would say, this study showed that the washing process had no effect on the stickiness (or toughness) of the rice.

Instead, the researchers showed that the stickiness is not due to surface starch (amylose), but to another starch called amylopectin, which is leached out of the rice grains during the cooking process.

The amount washed varies depending on the rice grain type.

So it's the type of rice – not washed or not – that needs to be considered if you want sticky rice.

In this study, sticky rice was the most sticky, while medium rice and jasmine rice were less sticky and also harder, according to laboratory tests.