As discussed in one of our previous posts on matta rice, some varieties of rice are healthy and worth including in your diet. Same thing goes for steamed as well as boiled rice. They are both healthy (not as much as the matta rice) and are worth being a part of your diet. As rice is a nutritious base with the versatile ability to be a part of a number of dishes, it can be cooked as well as steamed before use in any recipe.
Many consider steaming and boiling of rice one and the same but, this isn’t true and it has several differences that you will learn with this post. Most of the diet cautious people are confused whether to eat steamed rice or the boiled rice like the way they are spoilt in choosing a type of pathiri like chatti pathiri, mutta pathiri and many more. With this post you will get a much-enhanced understanding of which kind of rice will suit you the best.
Difference Between Steamed Rice and Boiled Rice
Here is a detailed description and understanding on both types of rice and how are they different from each other.
- The country of origin of both the types of rice is different – steamed rice is a Chinese speciality and boiled rice is an Indian speciality
- In the making of steamed rice, the rice is cooked by absorbing the water from the vapors created in the container while in the making of boiled rice, the rice is submerged in water and is cooked with that water
- The texture of steamed rice is little stickier as it continuously tries to absorb water whereas for boiled rice are fluffier and firmer as they get the required water while they are submerged
- Cooking rice by steaming process takes longer time than cooking rice by boiling process. This is because it takes time for absorbing the moisture and then getting cooked whereas it takes lesser time while the rice already submerged in water
- But when we talk about vitamins and other minerals in rice, it is preserved while the rice is steamed and most of it gets lost while the rice is boiled. There are several other foods from where you can get enough vitamins like the orithal thamarai herb.
- When compared in terms of calorie count, steamed rice has comparatively higher amount of calories than the boiled rice. This is because, when we boil rice, we first rinse and soak it, this removes the starch from the rice and eventually the carbohydrates in starch also washes away – giving us rice with less calories.
- The main benefit of boiled rice is the least amount of starch where you can easily cut down on calories by soaking and rinsing the rice. But this rinsing and soaking of rice reduces the mount of nutrition available in the rice. So, whichever suits best to you – less calorie content or higher nutrition content, you can choose how you want your rice to be prepared.
The best form in which we prepare our rice at the Toddy Shop is that we initially part-boil the rice and then steam them to get the maximum benefit of rice’s calorie as well as the nutrition content.