Rice is nourishing and easy to digest giving more 'bang for the buck'. Rice offers more calories with less effort from digestive organs. Plain rice is a good late night snack that wont disturb agni. Strained water from cooked rice can be made into a gruel. It is a valuable food for those recovering from an illness and a cornerstone of samsarjana karma. Brown rice, although nutritionally superior, is harder to digest than white rice.
All rice can be drying for vata if cooked 'al dente' without enough water. For vata, add extra water and cook the rice until soft and puffy.