Rice Powder has been used for generations and is known for its oil-absorbing properties. Known for its ability to help makeup last longer and leave a silky finish on the skin, Rice Powder can be used alone or to set makeup. Use alone or on top of your favorite Palladio foundation. For on-the-go rice powder, try our Rice Paper Blotting Tissues. Rice Powder is the refined starch from rice, known as Oryza Sativa. The powder of rice has been used for centuries in the ancient art of Ayurveda, a holistic healing practice, helping soothe inflamed skin. It has been used by Asian women in their facial makeup and to wash their skin since the 16th century. It is considered an emollient rich skin treatment. The baking aisle has never been as versatile as it is these days. Rice flour is gluten free so it is used as a substitute for wheat flour by those who are gluten intolerant.
Rice Flour is one of the key ingredients in most of the Indian homes. Especially whenever we have festivals, we used to prepare homemade rice flour to make many varieties of sweets and snacks. Homemade rice flour always gives a good texture and flavour to the snacks. We all have experienced in some ways of using store bought rice flour especially when we prepare kozhukattai or seedai or any snacks for that matter, store bought rice flour most the times make the snack very hard compared to homemade rice flour. But I know many of us stay away from India and don’t have access to rice mills or don’t have time to make homemade rice flour. But I always advice to go for home made rice flour especially for preparing snacks and sweets for festivals. Here, I have given the traditional and easy way to prepare Homemade Rice Flour.
Let’s see how to make Home Made Rice Flour. Rinse the raw rice in water at least couple of times. Then add fresh water to the raw rice to soak them well and leave the raw rice to get soaked for at least an hour. After an hour, drain the water from rice and spread it in a clean white towel to get it dried. It could take at least 15-20 minutes to get dried. If you take the rice in your hand, you should feel damp in your palm or fingers. If you are going to prepare larger quantities then drying of rice takes more time. Also, if we are going to grind the rice in a mixer, then we should grind it immediately after the rice got dried. Immediately grinding the dried rice in a mixer helps us to get more smooth rice flour without any lumps. If we leave the dried rice for a long time, then we would not get smooth flour in the mixer. But if we are planning to grind it in a rice mill, then it should not be a problem.
Grind the rice in the mixer to a nice powder. Normally we don’t get any lumps. But we should sieve it couple of time to get smooth rice flour. If we get any lumps while we sieve, again add the lumps of rice flour to the mixer and grind it again to smooth flour and again sieve it. Repeat the sieve process again and again till we get smooth and nice rice flour. If we have good sunny weather, then we can spread the ground smooth rice flour in a newspaper and keep it in sun to dry the rice flour nicely. If you stay abroad where sunlight is rare and then heats a tawa and dry roast the rice flour. Initially the ground rice flour is so smooth that we couldn’t able to draw any kolam using this rice flour. But dry roast the rice flour in the pan till we reach a point that rice flour loses all its dampness and we should be able to put kolam. This is the correct time to remove the rice flour from flame. Store the rice flour in an air-tight container and the shelf life would be couple of months.
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