Rice flour is made from grounded raw rice and is the perfect substitute for wheat flour, which sometimes may trigger irritation in the digestive system. A staple of Southeast Asia, Japan and southern India, rice flour is used in several recipes as a thickening agent. It is also the most preferred ingredient for gluten-free baked products as it is has a unique and sandy texture.
Rice flour contains very low amounts of saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. It is also high in fibre and protein, and is also gluten free. Since it is easily digestible, it is used to make baby food. This flour is a bit coarse in texture hence is also used to exfoliate the skin and remove excessive oiliness. Rice flour is also a very popular ingredient in home-made face masks.
How to Use
It has versatile uses, from baby foods, pancake mix and baked snacks to coatings for fried foods.
A variety of mouthwatering dishes ranging from Japanese to South Indian cuisines are made from rice flour. Example dosa, puttu, mochi, Filipino cascaron, etc. White rice flour is added to shortbread recipe to make it soft and powdery. Whole grain breads are made from rice flour as it is gluten free.