18

Typical googling tells me a cup of white rice has ~200 calories, but the bags of white rice I purchase tell me a quarter cup of dry rice has 150 calories (Jasmine, in this case, but others have been about the same), which would mean a cup would have 600 calories.

Which is it? And what's the reason for the discrepancy?

1

2 Answers 2

59

I’m afraid you may have misunderstood some results (or they were unclear in their descriptions).

A ballpark number for rice volume is that cooking white rice will give you about triple the dry rice volume.

So let’s look at your data: 1/4 cup of raw rice makes 3/4 cups of cooked rice. The calories don’t change, assuming that you add just water and don’t pour away a significant amount of starch. So you still have 150 kcal for 1/4 cup of dry or 3/4 cups of cooked rice.

If 3/4 cup cooked white rice has 150 kcal, one cup of cooked white rice is roughly 200 kcals - which is exactly what you found out.

0
-3

That depends on whether you're talking about cooked or uncooked rice. 1 cup will cook to 3 cups. 3/4 cup will cook to 1 cup. 1 cup uncooked rice will be around 600 calories. 1 cup cooked rice will be around 300 calories.

1
  • 4
    1 cup becomes 3 cups cooked, but 3/4 cup becomes 1 cup cooked? Something doesn't add up (or multiply out, as it were) here... May 9, 2023 at 1:47

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.