Unpolished rice is made from grains with hulls left intact during production. Unpolished rice is a type of rice that has not had the outermost layer removed by milling. It is also referred to as either brown or red rice. It is an unprocessed and minimally processed whole-grain form of rice. Unpolished rice usually has a beige or brown color due to its coloration from bran layers that are still present.
It is high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, including magnesium and phosphorus. The unpolished grain preserves the naturally occurring vitamins and minerals found in the bran layer. It contains more fiber, vitamins, and minerals than polished (white) rice. It is usually more expensive than other kinds of rice because it requires more labor to produce.
Unpolished rice takes longer to cook than polished rice, but has a richer flavor. It has a nuttier flavor and chewier texture than white rice. Unpolished rice takes up to 45 minutes to cook compared to 15 minutes for polished white rice.
The grains of unpolished rice also have a longer shelf life than polished varieties, meaning you can store them for longer periods of time before consuming them. Unpolished rice is typically more nutritious than other types of rice and may provide various health benefits.