Brown rice is healthy food and you can use it every day with all your meals. There are many ways to cook it but in my opinion, the best way to cook brown rice to use Stovetop Method. This method helps you not be too reliant on modern pots like Instant Pot or Rice Cookers and make your brown rice more fluffy, fragrant after cooking.
1. FAQs When Cooking Brown Rice
Do you have to soak Brown Rice?
If you want to cook brown rice quickly, soak it overnight. It will help to remove some of the naturally-occurring phytic acids in the grain, which helps improve digestibility and speed cook time and this will affect the amount of water you need when cooking brown rice.
To soak: Add rice to a large mixing bowl or pot and cover with twice the amount of lukewarm water (1 cup rice + 2 cups water). Soak uncovered at room temperature for at least 2 hours or overnight.
What is the ratio of brown rice to water?
The ratio of brown rice to water is 1:1 1/2 for brown rice has been soaked & 1: 2 for brown rice not soaked in water before cooking.
Is Brown Rice Good for you?
The brown rice is a low-calorie, gluten-free, zero-transfat, cholesterol-free, and highly fibrous whole grain. It helps keep the cholesterol levels low, aids digestion, and safeguards from blood clot formation. Moreover, compared to white rice, brown rice is better for those having diabetes.
2. How to Cook Brown Rice on the Stove
- 1 cup of brown rice (soaked)
- 1 1/2 cups of water.
How long to cook brown rice on the Stove
It takes about 40 minutes to cook brown rice on the stove but if you don’t soak brown rice overnight you’ll need up to 55 minutes to cook it
Step 1: Add water and rice to a medium saucepan. To make the rice flavorsome, you may season it with salt and spices. You can also add oil/butter and substitute the water with chicken/vegetable broth.
Step 2: Put the pot on the stove uncovered and turn the heat to high and bring it to a boil.
Step 3: Once your water is boiling, turn the heat to a simmer and cover with a lid. If your lid has a hole or steam valve cover it with a little cloth. Let the rice cook at a simmer for about 30 minutes.
Step 4: After about 30 minutes of cooking, turn off the heat and let the rice sit for 10 minutes so that rice absorbs all the excess water. Then open the lid and fluff the brown rice before serving or make some recipes using brown rice like Mediterranean Brown Rice Salad
Now that you know how to make perfect brown rice? If you are still not confident. Okay, read one more time this stovetop brown rice recipe I outlined above before really preparing a delicious meal for my family.
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