Parboiled Rice

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    • Recently, almost 1,000 tonnes of parboiled rice are reportedly held up at the ports in Tamil Nadu since last month following the Central government order that levied 20% duty on raw rice exports and banned export of broken rice

    About Parboiled Rice

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    • Parboiled rice refers to rice that has been partially boiled at the paddy stage, before milling.
      • However, there is no specific definition of parboiled rice of the Food Corporation of India or the Food Ministry. 
    • Parboiling of rice is not a new practice, and has been followed in India since ancient times. 

    Are all rice varieties suitable for parboiling?

    • Generally, all varieties can be processed into parboiled rice, but it is ideal to use long slender varieties to prevent breakage during milling. 
    • However, aromatic varieties should not be parboiled because the process can make it lose its aroma.

    Benefits

    • Parboiling makes rice tougher: this reduces the chances of the rice kernel breaking during milling.
    • Parboiling also increases the nutrient value of the rice.
    • Parboiled rice has a higher resistance to insects and fungi.

    Disadvantages

    • The rice becomes darker and may smell unpleasant due to prolonged soaking.
    • Setting up a parboiling rice milling unit requires a higher investment than a raw rice milling unit.

    Source: TH