Brown rice is actually white rice, only with healthy beneficial nutrients attached to it. The brown color of brown rice is due to the outer bran layer which when removed is white rice. There are two types of brown rice:
• Fully unpolished - is when the entire bran layer is left intact, the color of the rice is very brown.• Partially unpolished - only part of the bran is removed, the color of the rice is light brown.
Brown rice has a lot of nutritional value.
• Nutritional Benefits – Brown rice is very rich in fiber and provides all the necessary carbohydrates.• Medical Benefits – Brown rice helps in controlling blood sugar and cholesterol. Brown rice is a easily digested starch food and is very beneficial for stomach and intestinal ulcers and diarrhea. • Beauty Benefits – Brown rice is a body building food and it provides important nutrients for hair, teeth, nails, muscles and bones.
Brown rice is easy enough to cook only it takes a little longer and more water. The clue is to be careful about the water ratio. 1 cup of brown rice requires 4 cups of water. Here’s a nice recipe to cook plain brown rice, which will turn out tender and separate grains batch of brown rice.
2 cups brown rice8 cups of waterSalt according to taste1 table spoon butter or oil of choiceA cooking pot with tight lidA griddle pan
Rinse and soak brown rice in water for 30 minutes.Meanwhile, bring 8 cups of water to a rolling boil in a pot with tight lid, over high heat.When water boils, strain rice and add it to boiling water and stir it once.Now turn down the heat to medium and keep boiling uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.After 30 minutes, pour the rice into a strainer over the sink and let the rice drain for 10 seconds. Then return strained rice to the pot. And add butter and salt to it.Immediately cover the pot with a tight lid. Place the pot on a hot griddle pan at very low flame for 10 minutes. After ten minutes, uncover rice and fluff with a fork. Serve brown rice with stir fried vegetables or fried fish and yogurt.
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