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#1 Wed 23 Jan 13 10:00am

beerforyorky

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Soaking rice

When I was a lad and started cooking rice I was advised by Madhur Jaffrey (who was probably 6 years old at the time) to soak the rice for at least 30 minutes after rinsing (and picking over). I still do that to this day although I've never noticed a Thai do it  (or a Chinese for that matter).

Am I living in the past?

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#2 Wed 23 Jan 13 10:24am

Thistledo

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Re: Soaking rice

No you ain't, beer.  Unless I'm living in that time warp too.  Have always soaked my rice and rinsed it, etc.  However, Tilda's basmati tell you to soak rice, in appropriate amount of cold water, bring pan of water to the boil and tip the rice, together with the water it's been soaking in into the pan.  That's the way I continue to boil it and guess what, I'm still here, lol.

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#3 Wed 23 Jan 13 3:07pm

cohphanta

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Re: Soaking rice

I've never soaked my rice.

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#4 Wed 23 Jan 13 3:40pm

Maree

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Re: Soaking rice

I don't soak my rice. I did once, accidentally and absent-mindlessly and it was mush hmm.


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#5 Wed 23 Jan 13 6:15pm

Pakman

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Re: Soaking rice

I never soaked but I think I may start....

"The soaking breaks down some of the hard-to-digest proteins, making assimilation much easier, and neutralizes phytic acid, which is an anti-nutrient that prevents absorption of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and copper. "
http://www.allaboutfasting.com/soaking-grains.html

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#6 Wed 23 Jan 13 10:23pm

mummza

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Re: Soaking rice

I soak the rice , the rinse it .
It removes some of the starch (and rice dustyness )and helps the rice to say in indervidual grains.

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#7 Wed 23 Jan 13 10:49pm

Maree

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Re: Soaking rice

Pakman wrote:

I never soaked but I think I may start....

"The soaking breaks down some of the hard-to-digest proteins, making assimilation much easier, and neutralizes phytic acid, which is an anti-nutrient that prevents absorption of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and copper. "
http://www.allaboutfasting.com/soaking-grains.html

That explains why my accidentally/forgotten about well(over)-soaked rice was mush when I found it. I had initially started to rinse it, phone rang with an unexpected invite and I only found it when I returned home.


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#8 Thu 24 Jan 13 1:36am

JoyYamDaisy

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Re: Soaking rice

I have sometimes soaked my rice and then it is much quicker to cook. Usually I don't (too unorganised perhaps).

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#9 Thu 24 Jan 13 10:59am

Sandy

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Re: Soaking rice

Never soak rice just rinse it very well.

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#10 Thu 24 Jan 13 11:41am

beerforyorky

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Re: Soaking rice

Does everyone use a rice cooker? Madhur didn't (but they probably weren't invented then). All Thais that I know appear to have one now. That and a Television. Anything else is a luxury.

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