Dr. Padma Garvey

The plant-based Doctor Mom 

I always recommend eating brown rice over white rice. For those lifelong ‘rice eaters’ out there, this is not always an easy transition. It is worth it, however. Making the switch to a whole grain, increases your protein, vitamins, minerals and fiber, and helps tremendously with weight loss. Brown rice may initially seem too hard or dry for people who have grown up on a rice-based diet. One of the biggest arguments my husband and I have had was over brown rice. I have learned a few tricks over the years on how to get brown rice to taste really good. Lets just say that my husband now eats brown rice and actually enjoys it…..or at least that’s what he tells me.

1) I have found that the short grain brown rice is the softest of all the brown rice varieties but tends to be sticky.  Sticky, soft rice is good when the rice is used in conjunction with a stir-fry or a  curry.  If the rice is the star of the dish, such as in fried rice or pulao......try brown jasmine rice or brown basmati rice.

2) soaking the brown rice for an hour prior to cooking helps if you are cooking on stove top or using a rice cooker
3) Cook one cup of brown rice with two cups of water as brown rice needs more water to cook
4) cooking in a pressure cooker produces softer brown rice than using a rice cooker