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Textural Properties and Cooking Quality Characteristics of Noodles Prepared from Blends of Broken Rice (Oryza sativa), African Yam Bean (Sphenostylis stenocarpa) and Rice Flour blends

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Momoh Clement Owoicho

Department of Food Science & Technology, University of Agriculture, Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria

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Clement Momoh Owoicho, Textural Properties and Cooking Quality Characteristics of Noodles Prepared from Blends of Broken Rice (Oryza sativa), African Yam Bean (Sphenostylis stenocarpa) and Rice Flour blends(2020)Journal of Food Science & Technology 5(5)


In this study, the Textural properties and Cooking quality characteristics of noodles prepared from flour blends of broken rice (R), African yam bean (AYB) and rice bran (B) were determined, the level of rice bran was maintained at 8% (w/w) while AYB and rice flours were varied in the ratios of 100:0:0, 92:0:8, 83:9:8, 64:28:8 and 46:46:8% giving a total of five samples. The noodles produced by extrusion were characterized for textural properties and cooking quality characteristics using standard analytical methods. Cooking time ranged from 6.0 to 8.3 min with sample 46:46:8R: AYB: B taking the longest time to cook while the control (Rice noodle) cooked fastest, Percent rehydration and cooking loss was highest and lowest respectively in the control sample (Rice noodle). Tensile strength and elastic recovery and extensibility reduced with increasing addition of AYB flour. Sample 46:46:8R: AYB: B had the least of the three textural properties,

Keyword: Cooking, Textural and Noodles


Noodles are quick cooking foods that are increasingly gaining acceptance in Nigeria and gradually displacing most traditional diets that serve as breakfasts and snacks due to convenience, improved income, nutritional values, status symbol and job demands especially among urban dwellers (Okafor and Usman, 2015). The popularity of noodles has been attributed to its sensory appeal, versatility of form, low cost, ease of preparation at consumers end, nutritional content and long shelf life (Anounye et al., 2012). They are strings or strips of pasta produced through extrusion (Haper and Janson, 2011), using wheat as the  major ingredient.

Tensile strength, Extensibility, Elastic recovery, cooking loss, cooking time and percent rehydration are textural characteristics and cooking quality parameters of noodle. They are a critical characteristic, which determines consumer acceptance of the product (Momoh et al., 2020). Tensile testing assesses the breaking strength and the breaking length of cooked noodles. It also gives an indication on how the samples hold together during cooking and reflects the cooking tolerance and cooking quality of noodles (Bhattacharya et al., 1999). Information on these characteristics for rice and African yam beans noodles is scanty, hence this research aims to determine the textural and cooking quality characteristics  of noodles prepared from blends of rice, African yam beans and rice bran flours.

Materials & Methods

2.1. Procurement of Materials

Broken rice grains and rice bran were purchased from Miva Rice Mills, km3, Gboko road, Makurdi, Benue State. Creamed colored African yam bean seeds were purchased from Makurdi Modern Market, Benue State.

2.2. Reagent

Chemical used such as Sodium bicarbonate to facilitate removal of beany off-flavor and dehulling of African yam bean seeds is of analytical grade.

2.3. Equipment

A laboratory scale LSG65 twin screw extruder (Jianansaibaibainuo Technology LMT) with 15.5cm screw length, 10.01cm screw diameter and 0.8mm die diameter was used for extrusion cooking. Extruder, tray drier (M/s Balaji enterprise, Shaharanpur, India) and moisture analyzer (GRD 60H20 China) was used.

2.4. Sample Preparation

Broken rice grain and rice bran were washed with clean water, oven dried at 45°C for 15 min), they were then ground into flour using laboratory grinder (M/S Sujata: New Delhi India) and sieved through a 0.5mm size mesh and were packaged in Low density polyethylene bags prior to analyses. African yam bean flour was prepared as shown in Figure 1. The flour blend formulation is captured in Table 1. The flour blends were conditioned to 35% moisture content, mixed manually and extruded at 120°C through 0.8 mm die diameter of a laboratory scale twin screw extruder (Jianansaibaibainuo Technology LMT) with 15.5cm screw length, 10.01cm screw diameter.

Extrusion of flour blends was done following the method described by Momoh  et al., 2020 for  noodle production . Two (2) kilograms of each composite flours were conditioned to 35% moisture content; and kept for 30mins. The composite flours were separately extruded at 120°C barrel temperature. The extruder was stabilized for each run with 2kg whole rice flour at steady state operation; samples were collected in open pans. The extrudate can cool and dried for 3hours in a tray drier at 60°C to a moisture content of 6-8%, sealed in low density polyethylene bags and store in a refrigerator for subsequent analysis. Samples for analyses were milled into flour.

Figure 1. Flow Chart for Preparation of Noodle from Broken rice, AYB and Rice Bran Composite Flour


Table 1. Flour Blends Formulation.



A (Control)





Broken rice flour






African yam beans flour






Rice bran flour






2.5. Analytical Methods

Testing for tensile strength was carried out using Tensile Tester (Tinius Olsen HIOKS-5698, Red Hill, England) as described by Bhattacharya et al. (1999). Elastic recovery was determined according to the methods described by Sowbhagya and Ali (2001).Noodle Cooking time, cooking loss and percentage rehydration was done using standard methods as described by AACC, 2010

2.6. Statistical Analysis

Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) V23 computer software was used to analyze the data. Means and Standard deviation were calculated where appropriate. One way Analysis of variance (ANOVA) was used to determine the treatment that was different from others in the various parameters tested; differences were considered significant at 95% (p<0.05) significant level and 99% (p<0.01) significant level where mentioned.


The cooking quality and textural characteristics of noodle produced from rice (R), African yam bean (AYB) and rice bran (B) composite flour is presented in Table 2. Cooking time ranged from 6.0 to 8.3 min with sample 46:46:8R:AYB:B taking the longest time to cook while the control (Rice noodle) cooked fastest. Cooking lose (8.00 -14.60%) increased while percent rehydration (49.00 - 30.40%) decreased with increasing quantity of African yam beans flour in the noodle samples. Rice noodle (Control) had the lowest cooking loss (8.00%) while the highest was recorded for sample formulation 46:46:8R:AYB:B (14.60%), these results were similar to the study by Sajilata et al. (2006), who found that cooking loss value of noodle sample added with banana flour were higher than those of wheat noodles. Cooking loss is an important attribute in noodles as it evaluates the number of irrecoverable solids in cooking water. It is highly vital that the structural integrity of noodles need to be maintained throughout the cooking process.  High cooking loss is unacceptable as there can be high amount of solubilized starch present, which leads to cloudy boiling water and “sticky” mouth feel with lower tolerance (Chakraborty et al., 2003; Chen et al., 2002; Jin et al, 1994). Generally, low cooking time for noodle and noodle-like food products is accepted since it is classified as convenient and quick-cooking food. There was significant difference (P<0.05) in means with respect to cooking time of noodles. High rehydration tends to make noodle sticky, whereas low rehydration can render the noodles to be hard with unrefined texture (Collado et al., 2001: Yoenyong-buddhagal and Noomhorm, 2002). The decrease in percent rehydration on addition of African yam beans flour in this study agrees with previous findings (Thomas et al., 2014; Collado et al., 2001; Zhang, 2006) on quality evaluation of ‘flat’ noodle noodles. Tensile strength was high but not significantly (P>0.05) different for 100:0:0R:AYB:B and 100:0:8R:AYB:B (14.40 and 14.00g) respectively and significantly low for 46:46:8R:AYB:B (7.90g). Other noodle samples had dissimilar values for tensile strength. The distance to break the noodle strands is the measure for extensibility (Bhattacharya et al., 1999). The extensibility ranged from 11.80 mm in 100:0:0R:AYB:B to 7.00 mm in 46:46:8R:AYB:B. Noodles prepared from 46:46:8R:AYB:B had the lowest tensile strength and required shorter time to break, which indicates low extensibility. Reduced tensile strength and extensibility were found in noodles with increasing African yam bean flour. Thus, increase in protein reduces tensile strength and extensibility (Bhattacharya et al., 1999). The results indicated that noodles became more difficult to stretch and break with the increase in starch in the noodle. Elastic recovery of noodles was found to reduce with increase addition of African yam bean flour. Noodles with higher firmness and elastic recovery can result in good quality noodles with low cooking loss (Chen et al., 2002).

Table 2: Cooking quality and textural characteristics of cooked noodles prepared from rice, African yam bean and rice bran composite flours

 Figure 2. Noodles produced from rice broken rice, bran and AYB.


In conclusion, cooking loss increased as Percent rehydration reduced, flour protein increases cooking time of the noodle, Textural characteristics of cooked noodles reduced with increased flour protein from African yam beans. These properties compared favorably with noodles from wheat and other cereals, hence it could find application in food industries.


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