How To Detect Adulteration In Rice?
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Adulteration of rice is the worst among all the contaminations. Unfortunately, one can find many such incidents being shared on social media and news channels. Although like hot coffee, the news looks desirable for a few hours and later, we all forget about the best quality of food products. Therefore, before cooking rice, check whether it is adulterated or not through these five easy tips. 

Methods for detection of common rice adulterants are:

  1. Burn rice: Burn some rice with the help of a matchstick or lighter. If they are plastic rice or contain even a tiny amount of plastic ingredients, you will get a different burning smell. This is because plastic rice can't be cooked, and it hardens when it gets boiled. When the rice water (maand) extracted from it becomes thick, it looks like plastic. This is an easy way through which one can know whether rice has a plastic or not. 
  2. How to check adulteration in rice with water? You can also check rice adulteration through the water. For this, take water in a bucket, then put rice in it. If the rice floats on the top, it is clear the rice is made of plastic as natural rice does not float in water. 
  3. How to detect adulteration in rice with hot oil? First, heat the oil in a vessel. Then put some rice in it; if it is adulterated, it will stick in the pot quickly. However, natural rice will never stick. In this way also you can distinguish between real and artificial rice. 
  4. How to check adulteration in boiled rice? Rice adulteration can also be distinguished during boiling. If the rice is made of plastic, it will form a thick layer on the pot when it boils. On the other hand, if it is natural, it will cook with a superficial layer. 
  5. Fungus in rice: Boil the rice and keep it in a bottle for two to three days. If the boiled rice does not get fungus, they are adulterated, and if it gets fungus, they are authentic.