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Quick tips for cooking brown rice

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Brown rice has much to offer for the health conscious. Containing several layers of wholesome bran, it has more nutrients, vitamins and protein than its polished white counterpart. In addition, it contains more magnesium, fibre and oil that helps to reduce LDL or “bad” cholesterol.   It also has a high glycemic index, which means it digests more slowly and keeps us from feeling hungry for longer. 

The benefits of brown rice unfortunately tend to take a backseat to white rice, which isn’t just easier to cook, its fluffy texture is also more appealing. Cooking brown rice to match the tastiness and texture of white rice can however, still be achieved. Rice cookers like the Electrolux ERC2201, are the perfect cooking partner for different varieties of rice as well as soups and porridge. With a few adjustments, cooking brown rice need not be a crunchy affair.

Brown rice
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Brown rice can be just as fluffy and flavourful as white rice when cooked right.

 

Use more water
Cook brown rice with twice as much water as you would for the same amount of white rice. Or, about two cups of fresh water to one cup of brown rice.

The cooking time will vary with the type and amount of brown rice being cooked. If you prefer drier, fluffier brown rice, cook it longer. For stickier or creamier results, take less time to cook it. Soaking the rice for 24 hours before cooking will also greatly reduce the cooking time.

Add flavour
If the kids are complaining about the unfamiliar taste compared to white rice, try seasoning brown rice with a bit of flavour. If cooking rice on a hob or in the oven, mix in a tablespoon of butter and salt to taste while the rice is cooking.

You could also cook it with vegetable or chicken stock, or add garlic to the mix. Feel free to experiment with different flavours over time.

ERC2201
The Electrolux ERC2201 rice cooker can cook any type of rice to the texture and consistency you desire.

Bake it

Brown rice can also be cooked in the oven. Pre-heat the oven to 180oC and combine the rice with boiling water, butter, salt or any other flavourings you wish the rice to have. Cover and bake for about an hour, or until the water is entirely absorbed and the rice is tender.  The Electrolux Inspiration Steam Combination oven, with its three steam level settings, is great for baking brown rice to your preferred doneness.

Fluff it
When the rice is cooked, do fluff it with a fork before serving. Doing so releases any steam or moisture trapped in the rice, and separates the grains so it doesn’t form any lumps. This also keeps the trapped steam from continuing to cook the rice, which could make it too soft and mushy.

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