Do you always get into heated discussions about what is best: to wash or not to wash rice before cooking with it? Even the Culy editors are divided on this topic. That’s why we unravel the mystery once and for all: should you wash rice, yes or no?
Washing rice: that’s why
First for the people who never wash rice or have even thought about it: why would you do this at all?
At least not to clean the rice, as was often done in the past (when there could still be stones in between). Because that is really not necessary anymore. But rice can froth a lot during cooking.
For example, white or gray foam may come up from your rice cooker or pan. Not only do you have to clean your countertops: your rice will also start to clump. This is because rice often contains excessive starch. By first washing the rice, you wash off the excess starch and prevent the rice from clumping.
This is useful, for example, if you make dishes where you want the rice grains to remain as loose as possible, such as with nasi goreng .
As always, there is also a no camp on this issue. Because if you’re making risotto or rice pudding, for example, don’t you need those starches to get creamy rice? That’s right.
And that’s how it is: for every rice type and every preparation a different rule applies, as you can see in the video above. In general, you can follow the following guideline: white rice should always be washed, brown rice should not. And do you want to have creamy rice left over, because you make risotto or rice pudding with it? Then you certainly don’t have to rinse your rice first.
This is how you should wash rice
Washing rice is also fastest in a sieve or colander. Hold it under the tap for a few seconds and toss the rice with your hand. Once the water that comes off the rice is clear, you’ll get rid of the excess starch.