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Jan 11, 2015

How to Cook Brown Rice - Rice by Draining Method

I have recently started including brown rice in my diet. I dont like brown rice before, but when hubby and me started diet, we have strictly avoided rice, but when we feel like having rice, this is the rice which i prefer to use. I bought this container of brown rice when we visited supermarket before, i totally loved it a lot and using it a lot now. I am using this for making biryani as well and finding it turn out good. 

Similar Recipe,
How to Cook Basmati Rice

I prefer cooking this rice by draining method, because it removes all the excess starch from rice and keeps it separated..The key point you have to remember when cooking rice by draining method is, you have to always stand near it and also keep on tasting the rice, so you never end up in mushy sticky rice.

Preparation Time : 5 mins
Soaking Time : 1 hour
Cooking Time : 15 to 20 mins


Brown Rice - 1 cup
Water - 8 cups
Salt - 2 tsp


Wash and soak brown rice for 1 hour. Drain and set aside.

Heat water in a sauce pan, bring it to a good boil.

Add in salt. Add in the drained rice and boil it for 15 to 17 mins.

Drain and Use accordingly.

I used India Gate Brown Rice

I love the aroma as well as it is not as pungent
as normal brown rice

Measure your rice in a bowl

Wash them well

Cover with water and soak it for 1 hour

This soaking process softens the rice a bit and
cooks it little faster

I always prefer cooking  brown rice by draining method,
but when i am in a hurry i use pressure cooker to cook rice.

Add salt to boiling water

add the drained rice

let it come up to a rolling boil again

let it cook for 10 mins or so

you can see the rice getting little softer
now simmer the pot and keep cooking
 while you keep on tasting the rice.
I cooked it for 5 to 7 more mins..

I like my rice all fluffy and the rice looking separated..
Just like this

So i drain them..you can keep on cooking till your
 prefered texture reaches

Serve hot with curry..

I made a simple egg biryani using this..


  1. plzzz do publish the recipe brown rice egg biryani... little confused how to bake it with brown rice... as brown rice take lot of time to bake

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  3. some more interesting receipe on brown rice

  4. Thx for ur post. It was just wat I needed. Ur post r really simple to follow n result is always perfect.

  5. But by draining away the water won't the nutrition be lost!

  6. @Anonymousthe extra starch from the rice is drained. so it is healthy

  7. If u pressure cook how many whistles ?? I got basmati brown rice it takes lot of time to cook ... Is this India Gate basmati brown rice ??

  8. Will this rice be soft or it will be slight crunchy ??

  9. @Regiit depends on how long you cook. it will be soft

  10. Hi. Can I know what is the best brand of long-grain brown basmati rice available in the market?

    India Gates?



  11. Better pressure cook the brown rice bcos if you boil and drain it all the goodness will be washed in the water. Only normal white rice should be drained so that all carbohydrates will goes out.

  12. Nice post. Brown basmati rice is very helpful for diabetic patients.


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