We are kicking off our Indian recipe week with a tip on rinsing #rice which can be very important in your dishes.
Unrinsed rice can be a clumpy mass instead of fine individual kernels that you get with rinsed rice (sometimes desirable, but not for rices like Basmati). This is because the rice can be polished with glucose or talc powder used to keep the kernels separated during shipping. Rinsing the rice a few times until the water is clear prior to cooking removes these undesirable particles so that your kernels remain separated during cooking.
Fun tip: You can save the rinsed water and use it in your garden since the starch is actually great for plants!