Wednesday, December 8, 2010

How to cook Brown Rice in rice cooker and Brown Rice Salad

How to cook Brown rice in rice cooker/electric cooker - pressure cooker and Brown Rice salad

According to Wikipedia-Brown rice (or "hulled rice") is unmilled or partly milled rice, a kind of whole, natural grain. It has a mild nutty flavor, is chewier and more nutritious than white rice,and becomes rancid much more quickly. Any rice, including long-grain, short-grain, or sticky rice, may be eaten as brown rice.

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The process that produces brown rice removes only the outermost layer, the hull, of the rice kernel and is the least damaging to its nutritional value. The complete milling and polishing that converts brown rice into white rice destroys 67% of the vitamin B3, 80% of the vitamin B1, 90% of the vitamin B6, half of the manganese,half of the phosphorus, 60% of the iron, and all of the dietary fiber and essential fatty acids. Brown rice retains all of the iron, vitamins, essential fatty acids and fiber that is removed from white rice in the milling process.
More details at WHfoods

White rice may looks appealing but it is devoid of most of the goodness of rice, which the brown rice contains.Brown rice has a lovely nutty flavor and chewy texture and is rich in fiber So let us try to include brown rice in our diet for its health benefits.I have been asked by many on how to cook brown rice as many say that they pressure cook rice and when they open the lid, the rice is not properly cooked and is watery. So today I am going to share with you how to cook brown rice in a rice cooker and a simple Brown Rice Salad recipe. Brown rice is cooked in the same manner as white rice,the only difference is Brown rice takes a little longer to cook. This post is exclusively for beginners.

How to cook brown rice in a rice cooker?

1.Wash and soak brown rice for 45 minutes - 1 hour in hot (boiling) water .

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For 1 cup of rice, I added 3 cups of water as I prefer my rice to be soft .
For 1 cup of rice, you can add 2 1/2 - 3 cups of water

2. Pour the soaked rice along with water into the inner vessel that comes with your rice cooker.

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3.Close it with the lid. Plug the cooker in, and press the switch (see arrow mark) to turn it on cooking mode.You will see the red light on.

4. When the rice is cooked, it will automatically go to keep warm mode, if not switch off.

5. Fluff the rice with a fork and serve or use it in different recipes.

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How to cook Brown Rice in Pressure cooker

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Same way as you cook white rice with the measurements above. Refer how to cook rice in a pressure cooker.

How to cook brown rice in a pan?

1.Take a pot or pan with a tight fitting lid.

2.Add the soaked rice with water to the pan.

3.Bring the water to boil, close the lid, simmer and cook until all the water has been absorbed.

4.Switch off the flame and let it sit for 10 minutes. Fluff it with a fork and serve.

Brown Rice Salad

Brown Rice Salad

Ingredients needed

Cooked rice - 2 cups
Onion - 1 finely chopped
Capsicum ( green or any color) - 1/2 finely chopped
Cabbage - handful finely chopped
Carrots - 1 finely chopped
Tomato - 1/2 remove the seeds & finely chopped
Garlic - 1 clove
finely chopped
Ginger - 1/2 tsp finely chopped
Sesame seed oil/Olive oil - 2 tsp


Heat oil in a pan, add finely chopped garlic and onions, saute till onion turns pink.

Then add all the vegetables and saute on high flame continuously for 2-3 minutes.We want the vegetables to be crisp and not soft.

Add needed salt, pepper powder and few drops of lemon juice to taste.

Then add the cooked rice to it and mix well.

You can add red and yellow bell pepper, mushrooms, spring onion, cauliflower, broccoli and corn. It is your choice.

Delicious brown rice salad is ready.

Switch over to Brown rice and pave your way to better health.

Initially you might find it difficult, but once you get used to it, I am sure you will not like white rice.


In India brown rice is not commonly available in all shops.You get Brown rice in all big supermarkets like Spencers, Nilgiris, Reliance etc

Meet you all again with another interesting post, till then it is bye from Padhu of Padhuskitchen.


  1. Informative post! Loved yr SAlad.. I usually use it in my Dosa batter.. Half white and half brown..

  2. nice post..brown rice is so healthy, i heard...
    salad looks so delicious..

  3. Nice info, Brown rice salad looks delicious.

  4. Thank you for the tips. I had problem cooking the brown rice. I didn't soak it before I cooked. Now, I will try this.

  5. Very useful info and useful methods to cook the brown rice.Brown rice salad looks very delicious.

  6. Love the healthy salad. Nice and great tips for cooking Brown rice.

  7. brown rice is my fav, try to make it at least once a week. luv the brown rice cooking 101 and the recipe u have shared.

  8. looks delicious and healthy..thanks for sharing..

  9. Very informative and lovely post.. the salad looks delicious and colorful.. Very healthy :)

  10. Healthy brown rice salad Padhu..beautiful yaar..

  11. Salad looks so nice. Thanks for the tutorial..

  12. Very informative and healthy post. Lovely pic.

  13. Thats fantastic... Even I have white rice, thanks for giving benefits of brown ones!!
    Have a wonderful week:)

  14. Brown rice salad looks yum, am yet to use this type of rice in cooking...will try it soon

  15. What a beautiful salad! looks so yummy

  16. I remember 4 years a go when I first bought brown rice, I just couldn't figure how to cook it. at first I tried to cook it like basmati and and it still felt under cooked. I kept adding water back and forth lol. and i sweared to never buy brown rice again, hehe glad I got over tht and now have come to love brown rice. Your tutorial would have been so helpful back then ;) I'm sure many others will benefit!

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  18. I never had brown rice before,your post is inspiring,nice post!

  19. Informative post,love using brown rice quite often in my cooking.

  20. I did bring some brown rice few days back and was wondering if my daughter will like it. Now I will make rice salad first.

  21. I buy my brown rice in bulk bag at Gordon Food Service stores. I save a ton of money buying in bulk. I store it in my refrigerator to preserve freshness.

  22. hi, this is very helpful,, thanks.

  23. Thanks for your blog on brown rice. :) If you know, how to cook "Mappillai Samba red rice", please let us know.

  24. Hi,thanks for interesting idea of making brown rice salad. Just loved it. WIll try it out and let u know. My family and me have gotten into brown rice for the last one year and we absolutely love it. Intially cooking rice was bit of fix now i do it rice cooker. Please do come up with more brown rice ideas. Thx, Rani

  25. thanks for the post. I was having such a tough time in preparing brown rice but now its much simpler..:)

  26. can i bake cake in this kinda cooker?

    i m new to cookery

  27. Are three whistles enough to cook brown rice? Also will the rice be full grains or broken once cooked? Pl confirm

    1. At times you need more than 3 whistles. It depends upon the quality of brown rice. Now a days, I soak brown rice for 20 minutes in hot water and pressure cook for 4 whistles and then simmer for 10 minutes as I prefer the rice to be soft.

  28. Should we cook with the soaked water or drain it?

  29. Yes , you should cook along with the water. First wash the rice and then soak with needed water (measure the water and soak) and cook along with the water.

  30. Hi.. Thanx for the sharing.. However, to make brown rice fluffy, what can be done. Pls reply...

    1. Actually brown rice is always fluffy for me. You can try cooking brown rice in plenty of water until soft and then strain the rice. Then put the rice back into the pot (do not turn on the heat), let it sit covered for 10 minutes. Then fluff it with a fork.

  31. Thanx for the reply.. Sure i ll try this way...

  32. Good information about cooking brown rice.


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