Perfect Parboiled Rice – Cooking rice is easy, all you need is three ingredients but at times, you overcook the rice or undercook it, make it salty, or use less salt. Today I am sharing my way of cooking the perfect parboiled rice.
Parboiled rice is a forgiving rice, you can not ruin the rice as quickly as you can with regular rice. If you over boil it, unlike regular rice it will not turn mushy so quick.
If you undercook it, all you have to do is add hot water and let cook some more and it won’t stick together. You’ll love having it with Chicken Adobo.
How to Make Parboiled Rice
Long grain basmati rice is the rice I love to use in cooking, but after trying the parboiled basmati rice, it became my favorite.
As a food blogger, parboiled rice if cooked properly will look great in pictures and that’s another reason why I prefer using parboiled rice.
Parboiled rice has more nutrients than normal basmati rice.
The process of making perfect parboiled rice is almost the same as cooking the usual basmati rice but there are fewer chances of messing it up, in a way it is a forgiving rice.
Easy Perfect Parboiled Rice Recipe
In this recipe (and it is an easy parboiled rice recipe), I will teach you how to make Basmati long grain parboiled rice.
The amount of salt is measured to be perfect so is the water and the timing, you will enjoy cooking parboiled rice after this post.
I am using the boil and drain method in this recipe, it is faster and more convenient.
Hopefully, in the near future, I will be sharing other methods of making different types of rice.
If you like to add flavors to your white rice, then these two recipes are try worthy.
What is Parboiled Rice?
Parboiled rice (also known as converted rice) is long-grain rice that has been steam-cooked before it is dried. What this means is that the rice is partially boiled in its inedible outer husk before it’s processed further.
This is an ancient practice as well from some African countries, dating back thousands of years, as it made it easier to remove the husk from the rice!
Not only does it make storing the rice more efficient, but it also adds nutrients to the rice making it a healthier option! It’s also easier to cook than regular rice and has a better texture. Win-win situation, I’d say!
What's the Difference between Parboiled Rice and White Rice?
Both white rice and parboiled rice are quite similar, yet different. They’re both extra-long grain rice, but the difference comes from the way it is processed.
The processing method for parboiled rice adds a more yellow color, and it also has a stronger taste than regular white rice. The way it is processed also adds more nutrients to the grains and makes it more like brown rice.
I’d say if there was a health continuum for rice, parboiled rice would rest between white and brown rice. Since these days rice is also enriched with more nutrients at times, it makes parboiled rice sometimes even closer to brown rice in terms of nutrient value. This is perfect because it’s also way easier to make than brown rice and takes less time!
Potential Health Benefits of Parboiled Rice
Parboiled rice comes with many health benefits, and for a good reason! Since the rice is partially boiled in its husk before being processed further, some water-soluble nutrients are transferred into the rice kernels.
In this way, nutrients that are usually lost while processing white rice are still retained in the kernels of parboiled rice. It results in rice that is higher in terms of protein, calcium, fiber, potassium.
An interesting fact is that parboiled rice is a lot higher when it comes to thiamine and niacin than white rice, which are essential b vitamins that our bodies require for energy.
However, parboiled rice is lower in magnesium and zinc than white and brown rice. Sometimes this difference is not so significant, as many rice these days are further enriched with many vitamins and minerals including these, as well as iron and folate.
Since parboiled rice has approximately twice the amount of fiber compared to regular white rice, it is a much better option for people with diabetes! It prevents spikes in blood sugar while simultaneously providing better nutrition.
Overall, due to the parboiling process, this type of rice is a better source of fiber and an excellent source of carbohydrates for our bodies. It’s just a no-brainer to use this instead of white rice every time you want to have a bowl of rice!
Steps to Make the Perfect Parboiled Rice
- Wash: Start off by washing and rinsing the rice until the water is almost clear.
- Soak rice: Next, we’ll soak the rice in warm water for at least 20 minutes. Soaking it will allow the rice to be cooked perfectly, so don’t skip this step!
- Boil water: In a saucepan, boil water and add salt and olive oil to it.
- Add rice: When the water comes to a rolling boil, add the rice, let it come to a boil again.
- Cook: Cook the rice on medium-high heat for 14 minutes.
- Drain: Now drain the rice. Return the rice to the pan and cover.
- Cover rice: Keep the rice covered for at least 15 minutes before serving.
Perfect Parboiled Rice
- 1 cup uncooked parboiled long grain rice or basmati parboiled rice.
- 1 leveled tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 7 ½ cup water
- Wash and rinse the rice until the water is almost clear.
- Soak rice in lukewarm water for at least 20 minutes.
- In a pan, boil the water, add salt and olive oil.
- When the water comes to a rolling boil, add the rice, let it come to a boil again.
- Cook the rice on medium-high heat for 14 minutes.
- Drain the rice. Return the rice to the pan and cover. Keep the rice covered for at least 15 minutes before serving.
- Washing the rice is crucial unless its package says it’s been washed before packing or mentions (washing not required) on the box.
- Make sure the water reached a rolling boil or else the rice will turn sticky and starchy.
- Instead of olive oil, you can add regular oil or unsalted butter.