What’s 100% broken rice?
100% Broken rice is a grade of rice consisting of grains broken in the milling process. On milling the milling process, it is produced an average of 50% brown rice then approximately 16% broken rice, 20% husk, 14% bran and meal. Further grains break before and after milling in transport. Mechanical separators are used to separate the broken grains from the whole grains. Broken rice may or may not have lower fiber and nutrient content, but generally has a similar energy content to intact rice. The differences for a final user would be in the cooking results basically, not in the nutrient aspect. We supply this product out of India.
Big companies that manufacture extruded snacks in the USA use broken rice as an ingredient. These companies usually require 100% broken rice, which are supplied in 50 kg bags .Very small broken rice is called ‘brewers’ rice’, as use by brewers is the traditional industrial use. Due to the different size and shape of the grains, broken rice has a different, softer texture from “unbroken” rice. Broken rice is also used to make starch which is used as laundry starch and in foods, cosmetics and textile manufacture for example.
Broken rice can also be consumed as part of local cuisine in several countries in Africa, Thailand, and elsewhere in South East Asia, where the broken varieties are often less expensive so are preferred by lower income consumers. In Vietnam, for example, Cơm tấm (what means “broken rice” in Vietnamese) is a popular rice dish with pork. Distributors in Africa resell the product directly in 50 kg bags and the end consumers take it home as it is.