Bomba rice, paella masters favorite rice
If you are thinking of buying bomba rice and you have any doubts about how to cook it or why it is such a highly valued variety of rice, this post will be very useful.
What is Bomba rice?
Bomba rice is a round rice of the japonica variety with a pearly appearance. Its grain is round and short, about 5 mm long and 2 mm wide. It is typical of the Mediterranean basin, where most of its production is concentrated. It is considered by experts to be a rice of extraordinary culinary quality.
Why is bomba rice the best for cooking paellas?
Due to the accordion effect during cooking, bomba rice remains loose and whole after cooking. It is also able to absorb a large amount of the broth in which it is cooked and store more flavour than other round rices. Finally, the regularity of the size of the grains gives a pleasant sensation to the eye and the palate. For all these reasons, bomba rice is the ideal rice when you need to buy rice for paella.
What is bomba rice used for?
Bomba rice is ideal for cooking paella, although it can also be used in any rice dish in which we want the grains to remain loose without clumping: Valencian paella, seafood paella, black rice, rice dishes with broth, etc.
How is bomba rice cooked?
As its size increases by up to 4 times after cooking, it is necessary to cook it with a little more stock than other rice dishes, specifically 3 and a half parts of stock to 1 part of Bomba rice. The cooking time for Bomba rice is slightly longer (approximately 18 minutes).