3 Methods How to Cook Parboiled Rice With Ease

Brown rice is a great source of carbohydrates packed with all the vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients washed away when milling white rice. This leaves your whole brown rice with all its oil and nutty flavor.

If you are not a fan of brown rice, then white rice sucks! The same process that gives you white rice takes out the some of the essential nutrients from it! Well, there is a great alternative for brown rice if you don’t like it.

You may want parboiled rice instead. How to cook parboiled rice? Well, let’s find out soon!

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What Is Parboiled Rice?

You may have heard about converted rice. Parboiled rice and converted rice is the same thing. Rice paddy undergoes a special process to preserve the nutrients from the bran, germ, and husk by forcing them to enter the grain.

The process is called parboiling or partial boiling. Wole rice paddies are soaked in water, steamed, dried, and then milled. This results to a glassy brownish rice. Converted rice often has shorter cooking time and is chewier than regular milled white rice. This makes them an even more convenient choice!

How to Cook Parboiled Rice

Now, let’s answer that question! Rice, in general, is cooked in pretty much the same way. They just sometimes vary in the ratio of water and the length of time to cook. You can easily adjust the texture of your rice to your liking by adding more or limiting water.

There are three popular ways to cook parboiled rice. You can cook it on your stovetop, a steamer or a rice cooker. Depending on what is available in your kitchen, you can freely choose to go whichever method is convenient to you! It’s not that hard!

The Saucepan Method​

If you don’t have a steamer or a rice cooker at home, cooking parboiled rice in a saucepan is your best choice. I’m sure you got a saucepan at home! C’mon, let’s do this!

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Measure the water.

Some varieties of rice require more or less water than the others. Follow what is written on the label to get a tender result. If you want your rice a little sticky and fluffier, (take a mental note of this, too much water will give you a mushy rice!) add more water.

If you want it chewier and tender, skimp on an ounce of water. It takes about ¾ to 1 cup of water for every cup of rice. Throw a pinch of salt to bring out the flavor.​


The Steamer Method

Using an electronic steamer, you can also cook a hearty steamed parboiled rice.

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Set-up steamer.

Set up your steamer according to the specifications provided by the manufacturer.

  • Pro Tip: Here’s an awesome hack. Instead of placing water over the steamer and waiting for it to heat up, put boiled water instead. This way your water will already be steamy as soon as you place it!

The Rice Cooker Method

The easiest method is using a rice cooker. Well, a rice cooker was specifically designed for this purpose! If you love rice and cook it often at home, having a rice cooker will give you convenience!

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Set up your rice cooker.

Set-up your rice cooker and follow the instructions on the manufacturers manual. Setting it up is quite easy. Just plug it, and the rice cooker has to pre-set cooking temperature optimized for cooking rice.

It has an automatic feature that switches to low heat when cooked to keep your rice warm.


Final Words

Rice is a good source of carbohydrates. Brown rice has the same contents but has the bran and germ intact which is packed with vitamins and minerals! But not everyone is a fan of bran rice. You may want to try parboiled rice if you don’t like the flavor of brown rice!

Serve it hot for dinner and your family and friends will surely enjoy it! Stir fry and barbecue are awesome with it! I hope I have answered how to cook parboiled rice clearly and help you make that perfect fluffy rice! Had fun reading this post? Share this to your friends! Don’t hesitate!

If you want to clear something out, or if you have questions, leave a comment below, and I will get back to you as soon as I can!

Kristin Ryals
 

My name is Kristin, and I'm a housewife with big love for cooking. When I'm not bringing on the Food Network and attempting to become America's Next Top Chef, I'm browsing online for unique recipes to awe my friends with. Outside of the world of cooking (as if there is one!), I enjoy reading, skydiving, live music, and of course, shopping!

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