I'm really not expressing the verb well. What's the correct way to instruct
You have to "break" the rice before eating?
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That’s called fluffing the rice.
Here’s Bon Appetite with their rice making instructions. Note at the end where it says:
Cover the pan tightly with lid. Let rice stand, covered, for 15-20 minutes to firm up. Remove the lid and fluff cooked rice with a fork.
It is possibly
The act or process of making something less compact; often specifically the reversal of previous compaction
using compact defined as:
to pack or press firmly together.