How to Cook Brown Rice in a Pressure Cooker
Many people worry about how to cook brown rice, especially when using a pressure cooker. Although brown rice is much better for your health than white rice, it takes much longer to cook and it requires greater preparation. This means that many people miss out on some great health benefits because the general belief is that brown rice is just too time-consuming and complicated to cook.
One way to simplify the process is to cook your brown rice in a pressure cooker. Doing this is easy and gives you fantastic results when it comes to texture and taste. It also cuts out the need to pre-soak your rice so it saves you a lot of time. In fact, you can cook it from start to finish in about 20 minutes so you don’t have to plan in advance.
So how do you always get perfectly cooked rice in a pressure cooker?
First up you do not need to pre-soak the rice. When cooking brown rice on a hob you are advised to soak it beforehand but in a pressure cooker, there is no need.
Instead, rinse the rice under running water. You will know it is ready once the water loses its milky color and starts running clear.
For cooking, it is important to ensure that you have an equal ratio of rice to water. So if you are cooking 200g of rice you need 200ml of water, plus a pinch of salt. You can also use chicken or vegetable stock instead.
Cooking times and methods vary slightly according to the model of the pressure cooker. But in general, the rule of thumb is that you should cook the rice for 3 minutes and then release the pressure for 10 minutes.
The end result should be perfect fluffy brown rice that will not only taste great but be much healthier for you.
If you are not sure about the difference between brown rice and white rice, it is much more than simply a different color.
Brown rice is derived from exactly the same plant as white rice. The difference is that white rice has had the germ and the bran removed – the healthiest part of the grain. Brown rice is classified as whole grain and is rich in fiber. It is extremely good for health but it does take longer cooking and preparation time.
One of the best things about cooking brown rice in a pressure cooker is that the end result does not taste “healthy” or “whole food”. So if you are cooking for a family and trying to improve their health by stealth, you will find that this is one nutritious foodstuff that will not trigger off alarm bells in fussy eaters.
Cooking brown rice on the hob, can be very hit and miss and often leads to unappetizing results but the beauty of cooking in a pressure cooker is that it gives you top results every time.