How to Cook Parboiled Rice: Which Method is the Best?

If you don’t like eating white rice or brown rice, then the parboiled rice might be your best bet. But, how to cook parboiled rice? This article will let you learn how.

Looking for a healthier option than brown rice or white rice? If yes, the best alternative is the parboiled rice. You can choose this kind of rice and gain numbers of nutrients than what you get out of consuming white rice.

 It also a lot easier to digest along with a better taste compared to brown rice. You only need to learn how to cook parboiled rice.

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Parboiled Rice

Parboiled Rice

What is Parboiled Rice?

Let us learn a bit about parboiled rice. It is a kind of grain which was boiled in the husk before being dried then sold. Parboiled rice is a recently-harvested rice which is steamed and soaked.

This steaming process would allow the rice to absorb the nutrients which might be lost once the hulls are removed.

So as a result, the grains are firmer and also less sticky. This kind of rice doesn’t only cook in a shorter period, but it is also a lot more nutritious.

To distinguish it from white rice and brown rice, this kind of rice has a light yellow color. Once cooked, it offers a creamy white color. And it also has a drier consistency if compared to white rice.

How to Cook Parboiled Rice: Different Methods to Consider

You know exactly that rice is somewhat easy to prepare, right? So, any rice might only vary based on the water ratio and the length of the cooking time. With regards to parboiled rice, you can choose from the three popular methods.

These methods include the saucepan method, the rice cooker method, and the steamer method. And you can freely choose which method you will use depending on what is available in the kitchen and of course, the method that is convenient on your part.

Now, let’s discuss them one by one.

Parboiled Rice

Parboiled Rice

Rice Cooker Method

Let’s begin with the easiest method, and that is the use of rice cooker. This kitchen appliance is designed for cooking rice, right? So having a rice cooker at home is a great convenience especially if you love cooking rice a lot often.

For the steps on how to cook parboiled rice in the rice cooker, consider the following:

STEP

PROCEDURE

STEP 1

Set up the rice cooker.
Of course, you need first to set up the rice cooker and also follow the instructions in the manual. The process of setting it up is easy. You only need to plug it and pre-set the cooking temperature that is optimized for cooking rice. 

Rice cooker also has this automatic feature which switches to low heat once cooked to keep the rice warm.

STEP 2

You can choose whether to soak it or not.
To lessen the length of cooking time, you might soak in your rice. But, you might also opt not to. 

STEP 3

Rinse the rice gently.

Strain the rice over the running water gently. You have to make sure that you don’t wash off all the vitamin fortifications.

Parboiled Rice

Parboiled Rice

STEP 4

Put rice and water in the removable pot. 
Use preferred rice and water ratio and add a pinch of salt. It would be enough to add just a few pinches of salt since you don’t want the rice to be too salty. Adding salt is about bringing out the flavor. Then, turn on the rice cooker and wait. 

STEP 5

Stir the rice. 
You have to give it a gentle stir after a few minutes for even heat distribution. 

STEP 6

Wait for the rice to cook. 
Wait for the rice cooker to switch to keep warm automatically. Only wait for a few minutes up until all the water, as well as the bubbles, have already evaporated. 

STEP 7

Serve the rice hot. 
Fluff then serve the rice hot! Apart from keeping it from burning the bottom of the non-stick pot.

Steamer Method

Parboiled Rice Recipe

Parboiled Rice Recipe

With the use of an electronic steamer, cooking parboiled rice is indeed a healthy choice. Just follow these steps:

STEP

PROCEDURE

STEP 1

Set up your steamer.
You have to set up the steamer based on the specifications being provided by the manufacturer. 

STEP 2

Wash the rice.
Rinse the parboiled rice gently with the use of a strainer. You don’t have to pre-soak the rice before steaming it as this might take a longer time as well as soaks the rice for a long time, mainly. If you want a softer rice, pre-soaking might be needed.

STEP 3

Consider the use of a steamer-safe container.
There are electronic steamer sets that would include a tray for rice. Put the rice on it and then add water. And you wouldn’t want to put too much water since the water would also be absorbed by the rice once it cooks.
A part of water for every part of rice is considered as a good ratio. And don’t forget to add a few pinch of salt.

STEP 4

Steam the rice and leave it.
Put the tray on the steamer and wait for around forty minutes. It would take a longer time to cook parboiled rice in the steamer. This would leave you time to prepare which perfect stir fry as you wait for the rice to cook.

STEP 5

Check the consistency.
You have to test the rice from time to time to check for doneness. And some varieties would cook a lot quicker. So there is a need for you to make sure to test once it’s already done. Once done, it must not have this grainy core. 

STEP 6

Serve your parboiled rice hot.
Don’t fret about burning the rice with the use of this method. You transfer it to serving plate then fluff and smell that nutty goodness!

Saucepan Method

And for those who don’t have a rice cooker or a steamer at home, the use of a saucepan is a great way to cook parboiled rice. The steps to follow are as follow:

Parboiled Rice

Parboiled Rice

STEP

PROCEDURE

STEP 1

Pre-soak the parboiled rice.
Once you have time to prepare this earlier, go ahead then soak the rice for an hour before cooking it. This would lessen the cooking time a bit. Once you don’t have enough time for this, proceed to step 2. 

STEP 2

Rinse the parboiled rice gently.
With the use of a strainer, you have to rinse the rice over running water gently. If you wash it thoroughly, it would actually remove the fortified vitamins. However, if you are sure about the sanitation of the parboiled rice brand, then skip this step. 

STEP 3

Measure the water.
There are some varieties of rice would need more or less than the others. You only need to follow what is written on the label to get the tender result. Add more water if you want the rice a bit fluffier and sticky.

 

On the other hand, skimp an ounce of water if you want the rice to be tender and chewier. It would only take about ¾ to a cup of water for every cup of parboiled rice. And throw a pinch of salt for bringing out the flavor.

STEP 4

Bring the parboiled rice to a boil.
Set fire to high then bring it to a boil. To distribute the heat evenly, give it a little mix. 

STEP 5

Simmer.
Simmer the rice for around 15 to 20 minutes. And wait up until all the water has already reduced. 

STEP 6

Serve and enjoy!
Serve your cooked parboiled rice hot! Transfer the rice to a serving platter and fluff it.

Cooking Parboiled Rice Tips

You might want to learn some cooking tips too! Consider the following:

Parboiled Rice

Parboiled Rice

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    Rinsing the rice grains before cooking is not advised since it would eliminate the essential nutrients.
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    Do not peek under cover of your sauce pan as it would reduce the steam and will interrupt the cooking process.
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    Always base the cooking ratio of the parboiled rice on the process of cooking.
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    You might also add flavor to the rice once you want like adding vegetable broth, chicken, and beef before you boil it.
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    And make sure that the container is big enough since the grains would expand as they boil.

Final Thoughts

So you have learned different methods on how to cook parboiled rice now. But, which one will you consider? Well, again, it depends on whether which one is available in your kitchen. If you have a rice cooker, then it is the easiest option to consider. 

Whatever method you use, make sure that you follow the steps correctly and enjoy a delicious and healthy option when it comes to eating rice. Watch this video for more help:


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Lita Watson
 

Hi there! I’m Lita, and I’m absolutely in love with cooking blogs. I’m a beginner in cooking and i try my best to make it quick and easy. Even though, it’s not always quick and easy to keep up with fancy dinners… so i keep learning and blogging about quick and easy ways to create delicious and yummy foods for my two kids and a wonderful husband.

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