January 23, 2011

VH BASICS: Cooking Brown Rice

So I decided to do this new thing called Vegan Heartland BASICS where I post how to cook basic foods that are important for a vegan to know how to cook. So my first installment is brown rice. I eat brown rice a couple of days a week. It's much better for you than white rice. White rice is made by removing the husk of the rice, but it also removes a lot of the nutrients. The key nutrients lost are vitamin B1, vitamin B3, magnesium, and Iron. So I'm definitely a bigger fan of the brown rice.

The only difference I've found between cooking white rice and brown rice is that brown rice needs a little more water to cooking.

I usually use 2 1/2 cups of water for every 1 cup of brown rice. You could also add margarine or salt to give it more flavor while cooking.

So start by bringing a pot of water to boil. Remember to use the 2 1/2 cup to 1 cup ratio. Add the rice and optional margarine and salt to the boiling water. Return the pot of water to a boil, and then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and let cook for about 45-50 minutes. Fluff with a fork when it's done cooking.


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  2. Love brown rice! Eating it right now with some tempeh for breakfast!

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    Lara: I love brown rice too. I ate it with broccoli and tossed with tamari.

  4. I love brown rice, but it always comes out mushy :(

    I've never tried making rice the way you just described it above..I will definitely have to try cooking the rice that way and see if that helps!

    Thanks for sharing :)