I was making dinner one night and my friend asked me what I was doing and I told him that I just put the rice in the rice cooker. His response? “Ewwww, you didn’t wash it?? You’re dirtyyyyy!” And I was in a defensive mode and tried to tell him that I did wash it. Then I became curious. Why do we wash our rice before cooking it??
So… being a natural nerd, I decided to do some research. At the time, which was a few months ago, I had a rather difficult time finding the answer. Now? It’s insanely accessible on Yahoo Answers! *sighh.
Anyway! Back in the day, we washed rice to get rid of twigs and dirt and such. This is still the case for some countries. In the United States, however, (now I feel like I’m writing a paper… I apologize!) washing rice takes away the vitamins and proteins.
After learning this, I still wash my rice. Washing rice actually makes it cook evenly and be less sticky in the end. So yay texture! :D