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.