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    Perfect Basic Brown Rice

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    Cook Time:

    45 mins

    5 mins

    40 mins

    PanNan's Note:

    This basic recipe was printed in Saveur magazine. It works well for any brown rice - short, medium or long-grain brown rice. Disregard the directions on your package. Most likely it will come out mushy. In this recipe, the boiling (uncovered) cooks it thoroughly, and the steaming at the end make it light and fluffy.

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    1. 1
      Rinse the starch off the rice in a strainer under cold water for 30 seconds.
    2. 2
      Bring the water to a boil over high heat in a large pot that has a tight fitting lid.
    3. 3
      Add the rice, stir it just once, and boil, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
    4. 4
      Pour the rice into a strainer over the sink and drain for 10 seconds.
    5. 5
      Return the rice to the same pot, off the heat.
    6. 6
      Cover immediately and set aside for 10 minutes (this is the steaming part).
    7. 7
      Uncover, fluff with a fork, and season with salt.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 20, 2010


      You are so right about the rice being perfect! I doubled the recipe and used 4 tbsp of kosher salt in the water, together with 1/2 tsp garlic powder and 1/2 tsp onion powder. I followed your instructions exactly and even though it seemed that the rice wasn't quite ready when I drained it, it was perfectly cooked 10 minutes later, as your instructions say. I love the fact that no fat is used to make this rice. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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    • on June 03, 2011


      I have avoided making brown rice for decades because the one time I tried to make it (literally DECADES ago), it took forever and was gummy. But this works! I am delighted with the result. Who'd a thought. :-)

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    • on June 25, 2010


      So easy!!!!! Thanks!!!

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    Nutritional Facts for Perfect Basic Brown Rice

    Serving Size: 1 (504 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 171.1
    Calories from Fat 12
    Total Fat 1.3 g
    Saturated Fat 0.2 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 24.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 35.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.6 g
    Sugars 0.3 g
    Protein 3.6 g

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