A parboiled is partially cooked rice, and is the most nutritious. The process of parboiling enables the rice to retain its essential minerals and vitamins from original grains. Parboiling alters the grains texture and guarantees for more firm and separated grains after cooking. Parboiled rice is gluten and cholesterol free. One serving of parboiled rice is low in saturated fat and sodium. The rice delivers complex carbohydrates that the body uses for energy.
Rice Cooker or Steamer
• Follow the instructions on the package on how to cook parboiled rice in a steamer or rice cooker. Basically, all ingredients are added altogether before the vessel is turned on.
• Add rice and then water to the cooker along with salt and butter.
• Cover the rice cooker, wait for 15-20 minutes or until the rice gets fluffy, and then serve while still hot.
• Add water into the saucepan, but make sure to measure its correct amount in order for the rice not to get overcooked. If desired, you can add salt and butter.
• Set the pan on the burner and set the heat to high, and allow it to boil for 15-20 minutes. When the water reaches a full boil, add the rice into the saucepan, and then stir. Cover the sauce pan and set the heat to medium-low.
• Let the rice boil for 15-20 minutes or until the rice gets fluffy or soft enough to bite.
• In a 2-3 quart microwaveable container, add two cups of water, 1 cup of rice grain, and a teaspoon of salt and butter. Cover the container and cook it into the microwave for 5 minutes a max heat.
• After 5 minutes, reduce the heat to 40% power, and then cook it for another 20 minutes or until the water has been absorbed by the grains.
How to Cook Parboiled Rice Tips
Rinsing the rice grains before cooking is not recommended at it eliminates all of the essential nutrients it contains. Also, peaking under the cover of the saucepan is not advised at it reduces the steam and interrupts the entire cooking process.
Cooking parboiled rice in a rice cooker is one of the easiest methods as a rice cooker ensures properly cooked parboiled rice. The rice cooker lowers it heat when the rice get fluffy, and then turns itself off when the rice is already cook. Also, it keeps the rice warm until you serve it.
The water cooking ration of parboiled rice depends on the process of cooking. If you prefer to cook parboil rice in a stove top using a saucepan, the cooking water ration is 2 cups of water: 1 cup of rice. If you are going to cook the rice in a rice cooker, the water cooking ration is 2 1/2 cup of water: 1 cup of rice.
You can also add flavor to your parboiled rice if you desire. You can add chicken, vegetable broth, and beef before boiling it. Also, make sure that you container is large enough as the grains expand when they boil.