Wednesday, June 4, 2014

How to Cook Brown Rice (In Very Easy Steps)

An Image of Uncooked Brown Rice
Uncooked Brown Rice

 How to Cook Brown Rice (In Very Easy Steps)


Adobo's popularity is useless without rice. Right?!

For Pinoys (Filipinos), rice is the star of the meal. Survey says each filipino consumed an average of 114.26 kilograms of rice in 2012, according to the Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS). White rice remains the staple food of the Filipinos.

But the big question is, “is it healthy?” Yes but NO! I don’t want to go into details and make some research about white rice. Why? Simply because I’m not interested about it anymore. Beep-beep to those who love white rice but I prefer the healthy option which is BROWN RICE.

Just to make things clear, brown rice is not another variety of rice that you are familiar with like jasmine rice, sinandomeng, japanese rice etc. Any variety can be called “brown rice” as long as it’s unpolished and the bran is still intact. Brown rice is simply ‘unpolished rice’.  It is considered as the whole grain. It has fiber, vitamins, minerals and protein. Got it?

For a male Filipino like me, to convert my diet from white rice to brown rice is such a big effort. I had to do it gradually from eating a spoonful a day to a bowl a day and sometimes don’t eat brown rice at all. This type of routine goes for a year until I finally learned and started to like it. It’s really hard to train yourself to eat healthy foods if you’re used to eating delicious but not so healthy foods. If you love yourself and want a healthy body and mind then live a healthy lifestyle starting from having a healthy diet.

Cooking brown rice is not difficult; you just need to make a little adjustment especially in cooking time and there are some brands that require following their own cooking procedures. But today I’m going to teach you the basic procedure of cooking brown rice. In very easy steps!

So, let's start!



INGREDIENTS:

1. 1 cup brown rice

2. 3 cups water


EQUIPMENT:
Rice Cooker ( just for this tutorial)


HOW TO COOK BROWN RICE:

1. Measure 1 cup of brown rice. Soak in water for 1 hour before cooking.

2. After 1 hour, drain water and transfer in a rice cooker.

3. Pour 3 cups of water to 1 cup of brown rice.

4. Cover rice cooker and let it cook until it automatically turns off.

5. Do not lift the cover or stir during cooking.

6. Let cooked rice stand for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

7. Put the deliciously cooked brown rice in a bowl and serve. Bon appetit!



 TIPS:

1. You can cook brown rice using a gas stove but make sure to set the fire on low from the very beginning until cooked.

2. If you're in hurry, you can skip procedure #1 (the soaking part). I always do that and the result is almost the same. You won't know the difference.




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