Cooking brown rice can be a little different to cooking regular white rice or other varieties, although generally, it follows the same method. Wholegrain brown rice has many health benefits and more nutritional value than its white rice counterpart. If you want to know more about the health benefits of whole grains then take a look at our blog about it. But no matter what kind of rice you are cooking, many people still find it difficult to cook the perfect fluffy rice to go with their meal.
That’s why we’ve come up with some simple steps that can help you get the perfect rice every time.
There are a few steps when it comes to cooking brown rice, that are different to cooking white rice. But it can really be worth putting in the extra effort for a great flavour and the health benefits.
- First it is important to rinse the rice under cold running water before cooking. This will get rid of any grit that may have been there from the production process. Rinse until you get clear water, rubbing the grains together can help speed this up.
2.Using a large saucepan can help you cook better rice. The water will heat more evenly, which means that your rice will also cook more evenly as a whole. A tight fitting lid will also help the rice to absorb more moisture during cooking.
Optional: Heat some oil in the saucepan on a medium heat and cook the rice for a minute or so before adding the water. This won’t change the texture of the rice but it will give it a deeper toasted flavour.
- Add the water to the rice with a pinch of salt and bring it to the boil on a high heat. Once the water is bubbling, reduce the rice to a low heat and use the lid to cover the saucepan. The liquid should now stop boiling and reduce to a low simmer.
4.Leave the rice to simmer and absorb the rest of the liquid. The time it takes can vary depending on how much rice you are cooking but you can leave it on a low heat for around 40 minutes.
5. Check that nearly all of the water has been absorbed by the rice and remove it from the heat. The rice should no longer be crunchy but have a chewier and tender texture to the taste.
6. Remove the rice from the heat and place the lid back on top. Leave the rice to stand for another 10 minutes before serving. This will allow the rice to absorb the moisture and prevent it from being too sticky.