Why do you toast rice before making risotto?

Chef's answer
The brief step of toasting the rice is very important for perfect risotto. It creates a shell around each grain, allowing the grain to slowly absorb moisture without getting soggy or bursting open like a kernel of popcorn.
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When the rice is dry its easier to get it toasted before you boil it because it has less moisture content. ... In addition to the other answers, toasting the rice first can reduce the cooking time considerably. When you toast rice first, not only are you heating your entire pan but the rice thoroughly.May 9, 2017
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