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Rice come in many varieties. The main distinction is between long- and short-grain rice.
The grains of long-grain rice (high amylose) tend to remain intact after cooking; short-grain rice (high amylopectin) becomes more sticky. Short-grain rice is used for sweet dishes, for risotto in Italy and many arrossos -as arròs negre, etc.- in Spain.
Rice is cooked by boiling or steaming, and absorbs water during cooking. It can be cooked in just as much water as it absorbs (the absorption method), or in a large quantity of water which is drained before serving (the rapid-boil method).
Electric rice cookers, popular in Asia and Latin America, simplify the process of cooking rice. Rice is often heated in oil before boiling, or oil is added to the water; this is thought to make the cooked rice less sticky.
Rice may be soaked prior to cooking, which saves energy, decreases cooking time, minimizes exposure to high temperature and thus decreases the stickiness of the rice. For some varieties, soaking improves the texture of the cooked rice by increasing expansion of the grains.
Instant rice differs from parboiled rice in that it is milled, fully cooked and then dried. There is also a significant degradation in taste and texture.
Rice is usually found in the rice & beans section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.
Rice is a member of the Cereal Grains and Pasta USDA nutritional food group.
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