How to Cook Brown Rice
Brown rice is one of the best possible side dishes we can have. It is perfect with meat and fish and it is also a good source of fiber which is vital to improve our intestinal transit and keep blood sugar and blood cholesterol under control. Do you know how to cook brown rice? At OneHowTo we show you step by step.
Brown rice is an excellent and healthy alternative to white rice or pasta, however it is important to know that to cook it you will need to use a little more water than for normal white rice. It takes longer to cook because the whole grain is a bit tougher. Despite this, it is worth the wait to enjoy a delicious bowl of brown rice, and because it is a complex carbohydrate it is much healthier and beneficial to your body.
Before cooking brown rice you should soak it a bit so that the grain will be softer and delicious. Leave the rice to stand in a pot with cold water for 45 minutes.
Choose a pot large enough to cook brown rice. Remember that rice triples in size, so it is important to choose a large non-stick pot with a lid.
Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in the pot and once hot, add the cup of brown rice. Stir for a few minutes to coat the rice with the oil. This will help soften the grain, give it more flavour and prevent the rice from sticking to the pot.
After a couple of minutes you can add 2 ½ cups water or the vegetable broth. Remember that this measure is per cup of rice, so if you intend to do cook more than one cup of rice then you should double the amount of liquid.
Add a teaspoon of salt and stir the rice. Put it on a high heat until the liquid begins to boil.
Once the liquid has boiled, turn down the heat and put the lid on. Let it simmer, brown rice usually takes 40 - 50 minutes.
You'll know your rice is cooked when the grains have absorbed all the liquid and look puffy and soft. Always taste your brown rice to make sure it is well cooked before turning off the fire.
Once you have finished cooking brown rice leave it to stand for about 5 minutes, so it will be much more appetizing and soft to serve. Bon appetit!
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