Broken rice is fragments of rice grains, broken in the field, during drying, during transport, or during milling. There's absolutely nothing wrong with this rice other than the grains are fragmented rather than whole. Apart from human consumption broken rice is extensively used in pet food industry, and for livestock feeding and aquaculture. Broken rice is also used to make starch which is used as laundry starch and in foods, cosmetics and textile manufacture.
Broken rice is consumed as part of local cuisine in West Africa where the traditional African rice is easier to break, Thailand, Bangladesh and elsewhere in South East Asia. In Vietnam, cơm tấm (literally "broken rice") is a popular rice dish with pork. Broken Rice (Com Tam) is a popular type of white rice served with many Vietnamese dishes. broken rice helps bind the rice kernals together so when you go to fry them, they hold their shape without having to make a risotto.