Genmai, or brown rice, is of course the healthier choice than its white counterpart, however not everyone likes it. Few people dislike regular rice, but there are many who don’t like brown rice out there. How about you?
Brown rice has a nutty flavor and chewy texture. A lot of people complain that it is too hard compared to white rice. Yes, white rice is pretty tasty… soft, fluffy, and even sweet. Unfortunately, like many other white foods like white bread, white rice is less nutritious. Brown rice has a lot of fiber and nutrients like vitamins and minerals. So if you want to eat rice everyday, brown rice is a better choice.
The reason why brown rice seems hard is because of the outer layer, bran and germ. The good news is inside the brown shell is the same tasty white rice. How you cook the brown rice makes a big difference in texture. Soaking longer and cooking with extra water helps. And also cooking in a heavy closed pot works better to create some pressure on the rice.
As you get used to the flavor and feel of brown rice, you might not mind so much. Try it more than a couple of times before you decide!
- 1 cup brown rice, short grain
- 2 cups water (480ml)
- Put rice in a bowl. Wash and pour water out, then repeat 2 more times. Place rice and measured water in a heavy pot. Let it soak for 1 hour.
- First cook rice without lid at high heat until the water boils. Stir and reduce heat to low. Then cook covered for 25-30 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let it stand covered for 10 minutes.