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Welcome to our big parboiled rice test 2021. Here we present all the parboiled rice products that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet.

We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best parboiled rice for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should be aware of if you want to buy parboiled rice.




Summary

  • Parboiled rice is a type of rice that has remained particularly rich in nutrients due to a special production process.
  • This type of rice is suitable for diabetics, pregnant women and various other allergy sufferers, as it has a low glycaemic index and is low in histamine and nickel. In addition, rice does not contain gluten.
  • This rice is particularly suitable as a side dish for meat and vegetable dishes. For sushi, paella and risotto, however, you should go for round grain rice, as it absorbs liquids better.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying parboiled rice

What is parboiled rice and how do I recognise it?

Parboiled rice is the result of a method of producing rice called "parboiling".

This special process retains up to 80% of the vitamins and minerals in the rice grains that are lost in white rice.

Basically, parboiled rice is long grain rice. This means that it has a grain length of 6-8mm.

You can recognise parboiled rice by its slightly yellowish colour, which disappears after cooking. (Image source: Moritz320 / Pixabay)

The special features of parboiled rice include its strong flavour and its comparatively short cooking time.

Another characteristic of this type of rice is its consistency: due to the special production process, it is more of a grainy variety.

Is parboiled rice suitable for me?

The choice of rice type depends on your individual preferences. Do you prefer long or round grains? Do you prefer grainy or sticky rice? If you are diabetic or expecting a baby, you should consider other things besides your preferences.

As a diabetic, you should eat foods with a low glycaemic index (GI), which means that your blood sugar will rise slowly. Parboiled rice is particularly suitable for you in this case, as it has a GI of less than 55.

Parboiled rice has the advantage that it contains more nutrients than white rice when you are pregnant.

It is also often seen as a compromise between white and wholemeal rice. So you can safely choose parboiled rice if you are expecting a child. In addition, parboiled rice is low in histamine and nickel and contains no gluten. This makes it suitable for many allergy sufferers.

What are the ingredients of parboiled rice and how healthy is it really?

When it comes to nutritional information, a basic distinction is made between cooked and uncooked or raw rice.

Below we have included a table with the nutritional information for 100g of cooked parboiled rice. The following values are approximate, as they can also differ with regard to the brands.

Composition Quantity
Calorific value 511kJ
Calories 122 kcal
Protein, proteins 2.24g
Total fat 0.16g
Carbohydrates 27.22g
Total fibre 0.48g
Minerals 0.18g
Total sugars 0.08g
Vitamin B1 0.08mg
Magnesium 10mg

Below we have also included a table with the approximate nutritional values for 100g of uncooked parboiled rice.

Composition Quantity
Calorific value 1,478kJ
Calories 311 kcal
Protein, proteins 3g
Total fat 0.1g
Carbohydrates 74g
Total fibre 1.2g
Minerals, salt 0.02g
Total sugars 1g
Vitamin B1 0.44mg
Magnesium 28mg

In summary, parboiled rice is rich in B vitamins, minerals and trace elements, including magnesium and iron. The fact that this type of rice is husked also means that phytic acid, which hinders the absorption of minerals, is not a problem.

However, small amounts of the pollutant arsenic can also be found in rice. The inorganic arsenic is toxic and can lead to diseases such as cancer if rice is consumed in large quantities over a long period of time. However, washing the rice can reduce the arsenic content.

What can I (not) use parboiled rice for?

As already mentioned, parboiled rice is a rather grainy variety due to the special way it is produced. However, if you do not soak the rice before cooking and stir it several times, it will become stickier.

As long-grain rice, parboiled rice is suitable as a side dish for meat and vegetable dishes.

For rice pudding, sushi and risotto, however, we recommend ordinary round grain rice, as it absorbs liquids better and has a more suitable (sticky) consistency.

Sushi rice must be soaked before cooking until the water runs off clearly. Special sushi rice is best suited here. (Image source: Maria Ionova / Unsplash)

Parboiled rice is also not so suitable for Spanish paella, as it absorbs neither liquids nor flavours. Here, too, round-grain rice has the better qualities.

However, there are many recipe ideas for parboiled rice, such as curry rice salad, rice with sweet corn or coconut soup with rice and pollock. We have included a collection of various recipes for parboiled rice in the further sources (1).

How much does parboiled rice cost?

Parboiled rice is considered a relatively inexpensive type of rice. Nevertheless, the prices per kilogram can vary greatly depending on the supplier or brand.

The following table gives you a rough overview of the offers and their price ranges.

Product price range
1kg parboiled rice approx. 2.4€-3€
1kg parboiled rice organic approx. 5€-10€

When looking at these figures, it should be noted that there can also be advantageous prices if you buy larger quantities.

Is there an alternative to parboiled rice?

Not all rice is the same. In fact, there are more than 100,000 varieties of rice to choose from around the world, each with different characteristics and flavours.

You can decide what you want to try according to your personal preferences.

Basically, a distinction is made between long-grain, medium-grain and round-grain varieties, each of which is suitable for special dishes. For example, there is round-grain sushi, risotto and paella rice.

There are also special varieties such as wild rice, basmati or jasmine rice. Basmati rice is considered the noblest variety and is particularly aromatic and rich in nutrients. Jasmine rice also has a strong, floral aroma.

The healthiest variety is brown brown rice, which tastes nutty and keeps you full for a long time. The so-called black rice is also healthy and even contains anti-inflammatory substances.

There are also some special types of rice, such as red rice - a natural and wholemeal rice variety.

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate parboiled rice

In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate parboiled rice. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular parboiled rice is suitable for you or not.

In summary, these are:

  • Quantity
  • Cooking bag
  • Cooking time
  • Organic seal

Quantity

The big advantage of online shopping is the quantity offers, which are only sold selectively in supermarkets. In general, you can save money in the long run by buying larger packages.

Prices can vary greatly depending on the supplier. Brands that offer organic products are among the more expensive suppliers.

If you prepare rice as a side dish, you need about 60g per person. As a main course, you need a little more, between 100-120g per person. (Image source: Ducken99 / Pixabay)

Since rice keeps for a long time and cannot spoil if stored correctly, we recommend that you buy the larger packages.

Cooking bags

In general, you can choose between rice with and without cooking bags.

A big advantage of the cooking bag is that even beginners can cook successfully, as the rice in the cooking bag cannot burn or stick.

However, parboiled rice with cooking bags tends to be more expensive than loose rice. If you already have cooking experience, we recommend the cheaper loose rice as it also prevents extra waste.

Below we have listed the main advantages and disadvantages of cooking rice with cooking bags:

Advantages
  • The rice does not burn or stick together
  • The rice remains loose and does not need to be sieved
  • Flavours remain in the rice.
Disadvantages
  • If used incorrectly (e.g. with too little water), the cooking bag can release harmful substances
  • The bag ends up as additional waste
  • Rice in cooking bags is more expensive.

Cooking time

You can find online offers of parboiled rice with cooking times between 5 min and 20 min.

However, we recommend that you choose a supplier based on the quality of the rice rather than the cooking time. Please read the next section for more information.

You can also use a rice cooker to prevent overcooking and burning.

Organic seal

Some brands offer organic parboiled rice. This means that no artificial flavour enhancers are used and the rice is produced in an environmentally friendly way.

A rice plant can measure up to 120cm. A stalk consists of 10 to 20 panicles, each of which can contain up to 200 rice grains. (Image source: Sasin Tipchai / Pixabay)

The organic seal confirms that no genetic engineering, artificial fertilisers or other pesticides were used in the production process. This means that this variant of parboiled rice is less polluted.

In addition, products from controlled organic cultivation mean that the environment is protected during farming. However, due to the more complex but also more sustainable cultivation, organic products are more expensive.

Facts worth knowing about parboiled rice

How is parboiled rice produced?

The special "parboiling" process uses unhusked rice from the growing regions of China, India or Southeast Asia, also known as paddy rice.

Before the parboiled rice is on your table, however, a few intermediate steps are necessary:

  1. The paddy rice is soaked in several steps, during which the vitamins and minerals in the silverskin are released.
  2. Then the rice is treated with hot steam, pressing the ingredients into the inside of the grain. Another steam treatment strengthens the surface structure of the rice grain and seals it.
  3. At this point, the grain is dried.
  4. Finally, the rice is hulled and polished.

How do I prepare parboiled rice correctly?

In principle, there are three different ways to prepare rice. We have put together a table to give you an overview of the three methods.

Method Result
Water method After adding 5-6 times the amount of water, the rice is cooked for about 20 minutes. After that you sieve it. In this way, the rice becomes particularly grainy, but the ingredients are literally washed out and lost.
Steaming method Here the rice is cooked in a steamer over steam and remains dry and fluffy. This requires about 30 minutes of cooking time.
Swelling method Here, double the amount of water is added and brought to the boil. Then the rice is taken off the cooker and swells for about 20min. Unlike the water method, the ingredients are retained here.

How long can parboiled rice be kept?

Rice can be kept forever. Dried and packed airtight, parboiled rice keeps for a very long time.

The only type of rice that can go bad is brown brown rice, which can spoil due to its increased fat content.

How does Parboiled Rice work for fitness training?

Parboiled rice is preferred to white rice among athletes because it is one of the healthier and more nutritious of the husked rice varieties. It also contains long-chain carbohydrates, which keep you fuller for longer.

However, for muscle building or bodybuilding, exercisers tend to prefer the more expensive brown rice, which contains even more nutrients.

Did you know that you don't have to give up rice to lose weight? In fact, you can have a small portion at lunchtime and benefit from the energy boost.

The important thing is to leave out the sauce, which really gets in the way of weight loss.

Is parboiled rice suitable for my dog?

If your dog has stomach problems, you can add rice to his diet. Parboiled rice is good for this as it has more nutrients than white rice.

It is important that the rice is properly cooked when you serve it to your dog.

Does parboiled rice help with diarrhoea?

Diarrhoea is often accompanied by nausea and vomiting, which causes your body to eliminate many important nutrients. Rice is a real miracle cure for this, helping you to bind the water in your body and restore salt.

The best rice for diarrhoea is wholemeal rice, which contains the most nutrients. But parboiled rice also provides you with enough vitamin B, iron and magnesium for diarrhoea.

Why is parboiled rice comparatively cheap?

Besides production and transport costs, marketing and profit margin also determine the price of a product. However, supply and demand are also included in the price determination.

Since there are rice varieties that have a better reputation, such as basmati rice, in this case the demand is greater and the product is more expensive than parboiled rice, for example.

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