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Query from: Bhargavi Chebrolu, Dallas , TX , USA, 07/24/01
Topic: COOKING      Submitted on: Ammas.com
Amma ,

I want to know how to differentiate Maida flour and Rice flour. I have stored them in two bottles and forgot to stick stickers with names on it. Now I don't know which bottle has Rice Flour and which has Maida. Can u please advise ?

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Response from: Kamala Swaminathan,   
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Hi Bhargavi Chebrolu, Touch the flour and if you find it is soft, it is Maida, Rice flour will be little coarse. You can also taste the flour. Rice flour will smell as rice. Maida flour will be gummy. Also you can make a little dough with the flours. Maida dough will be like chapati dough and rice dough will be like Kolukattai dough.

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Response from: Latha Kishore,   
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Hi Bhargavi, A easy test would be to mix 1 tsp of each flour with a little water in separate bowls. The maida flour paste will be sticky and the rice flour paste will not be sticky. Rice flour will be rough and grainy to touch and maida will be soft and smooth and more powdery to touch. Hope this helps. Good Luck!

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Response from: Lalitha Setty,   
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bhargavi, maida flour is very soft and dusty in texture, when you touch it. it has a unique flavour. on the other hand rice flour is slightly coarse and has rice smell. if you still cannot differentiate, take little bit of flour in your mouth and chew. if it is gummy and soggy then it is maida.

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Response from: Sarada Prithipal,   
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Hi Bhargavi, Rice flour will be very white and a bit coarse maida will be very fine powder. OR Taste the flour`s the one with the rice taste will be rice flour. OR Maida is a sticky flour.Take a tsp of each flour and mix some water the soft sticky one is maida.

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Response from: abcd xyz,   
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Maida and riceflour look almost similar and it is very difficult to distinguish. On way to distinguish is to take some sample flour from each of them and pour little water. Maida flour is very sticky, where as rice flour is not. Rice flour is bit coarse where as maida is very soft and fine.

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Response from: Veena Bhavanam,   
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Hi Bhargavi,

Touch each of the flour, blend in your hands and see. Generally maida flour will be very nice and soft compared to rice flour. Rice flour will be little hard I mean little rough compared to maida flour .

Another way to check is mix rice flour in water and maida flour (in separte bowl) in water. Maida mixture will be stick like rubber.

Best wishes!!

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Response from: brinda rajesh,   
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dear bhargavi take very small quantities of both maida and rice flour seperately knead them into a dough,now the one which expands like elastic is maida, the other one is riceflour because it doesnt expand.

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Response from: Rajalakshmi ,   
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Hi Bhargavi, Its easy to differentiate between rice flour and maida. Maida will be very soft and white, whereas rice flour will not be very soft and not pure white. You can also differentiate by the smell.

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Response from: devi subhash,   
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Dear Bhargavi Chebrolu!

It is very easy to differentiate between maida and rice flour.Maida is whitert and more softer. You can pmix a little with water and it comes out to be alittle sticky. Rice flour is not that soft and it is noit sticky.Hope you can identify them correctky now.

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