Cooking Brown Rice

Helpful Tips For Cooking Brown Rice

Many people have started cooking brown rice rather than other varieties for the many health benefits that it offers.  Brown rice is unpolished and covered in a coating of bran that offers plenty of protein, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, niacin and vitamin B6.  Of course, it is a mystery why people started stripping all of these nutrients away and eating primarily white rice to begin with.

Health Benefits

Aside from the obvious vitamins and minerals that you receive cooking brown rice for your dishes rather than the others, there are some less known, outstanding health benefits to enjoy as well.

The Cooking Process

Many people may steer away from cooking brown rice because it can be a bit more challenging than white rice.  Although there are a few different ways to prepare it, cooking it on the stove seems to work best.  It takes approximately 35 minutes from start to finish and this method works well for both long grain and short brown rice.

  1. Using a ratio of 1 cup of brown rice to 1.5 cups of water, combine the desired amount in a pot together.
  1. Turn the heat on high and bring the water and rice to a boil with the pot uncovered.
  1. Cover the pot with a lid and turn the heat down to simmer.  If the lid you are using happens to have a steam valve you will want to keep it shut.  Simmer the rice for 20 minutes.
  1. Turn the heat off and allow the rice to sit in the pot for 10 more minutes with the lid on.  You can let it sit longer if need be but be sure to at least remove the lid after 10 minutes or your rice will turn mushy.

After cooking brown rice, it is delicious mixed with a couple of tablespoons of sesame seeds and a little tamari.  Sesame seeds add a considerable amount of flavor to rice and tastes fabulous mixed with vegetables.  Leftover rice can be stored in a Tupperware container in the refrigerator for several days.

What To Do With Leftovers

Cooking brown rice means you have a staple for your dinner the following night.  Here's a tasty dish if you want to do something delicious with your leftovers.

  1. Pour one tablespoon of your favorite cooking oil in a small pot and warm it at medium heat for one minute.  Dark sesame oil seems to work the best with this dish because it adds so much flavor but you can just use whatever you have handy if this is not an option.
  1. Add your choice of chopped up vegetables into the pot and then gently sauté them for a few minutes.
  1. After the vegetables are cooked, you will add in some of your leftover brown rice.  You can use as much or as little as you want and then mix it all together.
  1. Turn the heat down to medium-low and cook an additional four to five minutes, stirring every minute or so.
  1. Add in a bit of tamari for flavor and cook for another minute.
  1. Turn the heat off and remove from the stove.
  1. Add in a few tablespoons of sesame seeds.
  1. Eat and enjoy.

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