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By Mary Frances Pickett

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What Everyone with Gluten Intolerance Should Know about Rice Flour

April 23, 2010

If you’re allergic to gluten, have gluten intolerance or the more serious celiac disease, you’ll want to read this article. We’ll discuss how rice flour is made, what it is and the products you can find that are made from rice flour. We’ll also give you some pointers on finding ways to cook with rice flour, including where to find brown rice flour recipes. By the end of this article you’ll have some tips and tricks for incorporating rice flour into your diet.

What is Rice Flour?
Rice flour comes from rice that has been very finely milled. Raw rice is removed from the husk and then ground to make the flour. Rice flour is an excellent substitute for wheat flour for those who have celiac disease or are gluten intolerant. Rice flour is widely used in India, Thailand and most of Asia. Primarily used in desserts, noodles and sauces it is becoming more widely used in the US.

Rice Flour Products
There are a number of dishes and products made from either white or brown rice flour. Rice noodles, breads, gluten free cake, pastas and cookies can all be made from it. Rice flour, particularly sweet rice flour, is also wonderful for making gravies or as a general thickening agent.  Rice flour is also a popular ingredient in batters. If you’ve enjoyed fish n’ chips or other breaded foods in the past, consider giving rice flour a try for an amazingly delicious, gluten-free breading.

Rice Flour Recipes
Give cooking with rice flour a try. There are hundreds of amazing recipes available. The best sources for quality recipes are cookbooks but you can also find great recipes online. The one benefit of cookbook recipes is they are generally well-tested before publishing. But if you’re OK with a little adventure, free online recipes can yield great results as well. A quick internet search will reveal rice flour recipes from brownies to olive rosemary flatbread. How about gluten-free pumpkin spice muffins just in time for fall? Or gluten-free brown rice waffles? You’ll be surprised at the variety of recipes available and the excellent results you can achieve from cooking with rice flour.

Set aside some time to search for some recipes and set aside a day for whipping up some great-tasting recipes. The more you use rice flour the more you’ll see what a tremendous boon it is for those suffering from gluten intolerance. Not only do the recipes you use it in taste great, you don’t have to worry about any associated health risks since you’re not using a product containing gluten. Enjoy!

 

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