Keeping with the theme of consuming more whole grains… it’s better to eat whole grain brown rice than the regular polished white rice because:
- It has more nutrients – Vitamin B1, B3, Iron and Magnesium naturally found in the hull of the rice grain
- It has more fiber – helping you of any constipation issues
- It is very flavorful
- It comes is a variety of formats – Basmati, short grain, long grain… just like white rice.
All these benefits, yet you prepare it basically the same way you make white rice – you just need to add a bit more water.
Here’s a few tips:
- You can purchase whole grain brown rice at any major supermarket – I buy frequently Uncle Ben’s or Mahatma Brands of brown rice. Lately I have also been purchasing Texmati brown rice, available at health food stores or at Costco.
- To me it’s easier to make rice in a rice cooker – but if you are used to making rice in a regular pot, all you need to do is follow these measurements:
- 3 cups of water x 1 cup of rice
- When you make more than 1 cup of rice, you add 1 cup of water for each cup of rice + 3 additional cups of water SEE TABLE
|1 cup||3 cups|
|2 cup||5 cups|
|3 cup||6 cups|
- If you’re using a rice cooker, my rule of thumb is to add ALMOST twice the water you would need for regular white rice.
- Something about Texmati rice… it only needs a bit more than the water you would need for regular white rice. So it cooks faster than other brown rices.
- You can make any rice dish you usually make with white rice using whole grain brown rice.
Here a few recipes you can try: