rice flour

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Also Known as
Chawal ka atta

Rice that has been ground into a very fine powder is Rice Flour. Rice flour is primarily made from polished broken rice and is therefore usually whiter than wheat or rye flour, it is usually ground more finely also. Rice Flour can be made from short grain rice which when grinded is very fine in texture whereas rice flour made from long grain rice is used to make a soft, light bread and other baked goods. Depending on the variety of flour used, the consistency of the foods may range from very light and soft to somewhat gritty in texture. You can even grind rice flour into a coarse flour or to a fine powder.

How to select:
It is easily available at any grocery store. It is also available at any flour mill shop. Just check on the quality of the rice used. It should be white in colour and free flowing. Sold in fine, medium or coarse grades for different uses.

Culinary Uses
" Non-glutinous rice flour is used as the basis of a variety of noodles, pastries and sweets. It cannot however be used in baking; although rice flour contains a high starch content, it does not have the protein called 'gluten' of wheat flours.
" It is used also as a binder and thickener.
" As a coating for frying and roasting it adds crunch.
" Rice flour is used to make batters, dough, crepes, pancakes, sauces, puddings and some desserts.
" Khichu is one dish prepared by boiling cumin, salt, green chillies and then adding rice flour and stirring it. Once cooked, it is relished by pouring little oil and sprinkling red chilly powder on it. A Gujrati dish, best for growing kids and aged people.

How to Store
Rice flour keeps longer in a cool, dry cabinet if stored in a sealed plastic or glass container. The refrigerator is a very good storage area for flour, but the use of a sealed container is even more important to prevent the flour from absorbing moisture as well as odors and flavors from other

Health Benefits
" Low fat, Low salt, No cholesterol
" A good source of vitamins and minerals such as thiamine, niacin, iron, riboflavin, vitamin D, calcium.
" Being low in fiber is extremely soothing to the digestive system.

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