# What is the chemical equation for cooking rice?

What is the balanced chemical equation for the chemical reaction of cooking rice (including the formula for starch etc.)?

• There really isn't a chemical formula for cooking rice. – MaxW Mar 3 '16 at 2:26

Essentially when rice is cooked all you are doing is adding water to it and heating it. No true chemical reaction occurs. A way you could think of this addition of water in an equation is: $$\ce{(C6H12O6)2 ->[\Delta][water] (C6H12O6)2.xH2O}$$ Not the most accurate representation as water was not added to a crystal system but I hope this helps you understand that no real reaction is occuring.