Being an absolute fan of anything related to overnight oats and eating them regularly I went out to see if there is anything else I could prepare that way. After a few trips to some Asian stores I stumbled upon rice flakes. I was apprehensive at first. I used to eat a lot of store brought rice pudding as child and hated it. I didn't like the goopy consistency at all so when I came home I prepared myself mentally for an absolute disaster in the making.
I came home with this rather large but conveniently cheap bag of rice flakes and started looking it up to see if I had to cook it or if it was possible to just let it soak over night like I do it with my beloved oats.
Rice flakes or flattened rice is made by dehusking rice which is then flattened into flat light dry flakes. So pretty much the same process that is used for oats. They are most famously known as "Pohe" in malwa region, also they are considered to be originated in the malwa region itself. Rice flakes seem to be the asian equivalent to oats. They can be eaten both raw and cooked and are very easily digestible.
You can get brown rice flakes or white rice flakes. I bought the white ones since that is all I could see in the store at that time and when I found out you could buy brown rice flakes as well I decided to buy those if this experiment doesn't fail.
Looking at the flakes themselves they seemed very hard in comparison to oats. I can break oats apart simply by rolling them around in my palm. You can't do that with rice flakes. They almost have a plasticy consistency which worried me a bit but I went on and mixed 2 cups of the flakes with 1 cup of almond milk. I poured the mix into two different mason jars.
I left one of them on the counter and the other one went into the fridge. Periodically I checked on them and sampled them every hour to see what changed. So here is what I learned on how to make overnight rice flakes.
Do I need to wash my rice flakes?
Some rice needs washing beforehand like sushi rice for example. These rice flakes don't really benefit from it. I have tried it and there was no noticeable difference. The people who sold it assured me as well it was absolutely not necessary. If you want to wash them you definitely can but it is not needed.
How much liquid to you have to use to soak rice flakes?
The initial amount I used was too little. I had a few more tries and indeed you need to soak them in a 1:1 ratio. The ratio is referring to the volume, not the weight. You need exactly the same amount of rice flakes mixed with the same amount of liquid. If you want to soak 250ml/60g (1 cup) of rice flakes in 250ml (1 cup) of liquid. If you like me use the metric system then get some measuring cups or use a small teacup as reference,
Click here for the short and on point recipe for plain soaked rice flakes, or continue reading for additional information.
How long do rice flakes have to soak?
Rice flakes are edible after a few hours, I found them palatable after about 4 hours already but the longer they stayed the better they were.
Can I soak rice flakes for too long?
Definitely not. I tried leaving them in the fridge in a tightly sealed mason jar for 4 days. They were fine. In fact they kept their texture even. Unlike oats they can't turn into a paste like consistency. Rice flakes stay very fluffy which I find extremely pleasant.
How long do soaked rice flakes keep?
In the fridge I found it lasts for a few days. I tried to let a small portion sit in the fridge until it spoils. Just to see how long it would take. After 3 days it still seemed perfect. After 7 days there was still no strange smell to it. After 2 weeks it still didn't seem to be spoiled. However I would not advise eating it after it was left in the fridge for that long. The general rule for cooked rice is 3 days, soaked rice shouldn't be much different. So even if the rice flakes seem fine I would not eat them after the 3rd day, even if it looks fine. I might be paranoid here but it's better to be safe than sorry.
How to add flavour to my soaked rice flakes?
Treat rice flakes just like any cereal or over night oats. You can add anything from sweeteners like agave or dried fruit to crunchy parts like nuts and seeds. If you want to add colour and flavour then fresh or frozen fruits are a great idea. Cocoa, vanilla or cinnamon are also a great choice, there are really no limits to what can be added. Feel free to experiment and use whatever you generally like to eat.
Are rice flakes good for me?
There is 98 calories in a serving of rice flakes which is 60g (1 cup). The calories are broken down into 91% carbs, 8% protein and 1% fat. Rice flakes are considered to be a great meal option for diabetics as they promote slow release of sugar into the bloodstream. They also keep you full for longer and are a good source of 11 essential vitamins and minerals including iron. They are also a good option for those suffering for gluten or lactose intolerance.
Where do I buy rice flakes?
As I already mentioned I bought mine in an Asian food store but you can get them pretty much anywhere when you shop online.
How do I store rice flakes?
They are best stored in an air tight container. I keep mine in a large glass jar next to my oats and other cereals in the kitchen cupboard.