Rice flour is one of the main foods consumed by most Asian countries. It is prepared by grinding the broken rice grains during milling. It has versatile uses, from baby foods, pancake mix and baked snacks to coatings for fried foods. However, its importance and inclusion in the Western diet is due to its gluten-free quality. Rice flour can be used as a wheat flour alternative, in place of all-purpose or pastry flour, when baking for those with a gluten intolerance or wheat allergy or who are simply eliminating wheat flours from their diets.