Cooking Brown Rice

Cooking brown rice is tricky. In this post, I'll show you simple home cooking techniques to cook brown rice just right.

We all cook rice at home. There's barely a need for a home cooking recipe with regards to rice, right? Well, not entirely true. Cooking brown rice is very tricky. Some end up with very soft brown rice; others, under-cook them.

Different kinds of rice have different water and cooking time needs. For instance, cooking brown rice needs longer time and more water. At home, we have 3 kinds of rice - white, red and brown rice. When mixed together, it becomes a bit chewy (because of the brown rice); a bit sweet (because of the white); and definitely colorful (because of the red). Since these 3 kinds require different water and cooking time needs, we need to adjust our water levels, depending on the quantity of rice we're cooking.

For me, cooking brown rice is a 1-2-3 combination.
-1 cup of white rice,
-2 cups of red and
-3 cups of brown rice

I put the least measurement for white rice to get a sweet flavor. White rice is tasty compared to the brown and red rice. Brown rice has the biggest portion because it has texture. Red rice is at 2 cups because it tends to be saggy and sometimes the same texture as the white. In terms of nutrition all are good. Brown and red rice have lower glycemic index though, which is better than the white.

Cooking Brown Rice
Left to right: My rice container, my rice cup 
Cooking brown rice:

-Put the 1-2-3 mix in a container with lid.
-Shake the container to have an equal distribution.
-In cooking brown rice, put how many cups you normally have in a meal. Say, 1 or 2 cups into the rice cooker.
- Add water start cooking brown rice in the cooker.

Putting the water is a tricky part. Since the white and red rice ratio in cooking is 1:1 water while brown rice usually needs 1:2 ratio; in cooking brown rice, we put in a extra 1/2- 3/4 cups of rice into the pot. So, if you're cooking a cup of brown rice; put 1 1/2 cup of water into the cooker. If it's 2 cups, put in 2 1/2.

In cooking brown rice, don't turn off the cooker when the pot says the brown rice is cooked. If the brown rice is still dry, just add 1/4 more water.

Cooking Brown Rice

Cooking brown rice is healthier than white rice. Perhap, you may fancy to switch your white rice or mix it with brown, at least. More so, the health benefits of brown rice complement the health benefits of pork which your family and loved ones would enjoy. With this, I hope you enjoy cooking brown rice - chewy, sweet, colorful and healthy kind of rice!

About the Author: Beingwell loves simple home cooking recipes. She enjoys sharing her quick easy meals, including Filipino cooking recipes in this blog. Enjoy cooking like a pro!


  1. Nice...its indeed tricky to cook brown rice. I think it will be more tricky that you've combined them. Nice read Beingwell :)

  2. Thanks to you, my friend! And yes, it is. Some people I know end up with a soggy or too dry rice bowls... :D

  3. I get the nice result for the first time try it. Thanks.


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