382. Rice

52:16 The brachos of ho’eitz and ho’adomah are only recited when an item is recognizable as produce. The bracha on something like jam that has been pulverized beyond recognition is shehakol. If, however, one recited the bracha that one would say on un-crushed produce, it is effective. If the most common way to eat a fruit is by crushing it, one would recite the usual bracha at the outset.

If rice or millet were cooked but not completely crushed, the bracha is ho’adomah. (Mishnah Brurah 208.26 says the way we prepare rice, by removing the husks, renders it mezonos.) If they were thoroughly crushed or ground and then baked into a loaf, there is a difference between rice and millet. In such a case, the bracha on rice would be mezonos and on millet would be shehakol. However, there is a doubt as to which grain the rabbis meant by “rice” and which by “millet” so it is advisable to avoid eating these things crushed, except ina meal with bread, in order to steer clear of a questionable situation. In a pinch, one may say shehakol on either of these. Bread made of legumes, like corn bread, is shehakol, even in a place where such things are commonly eaten as bread. [NOTE: What we call corn bread typically has wheat flour and would be mezonos or hamotzi.]

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