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Written by Whole Grain Gourmet   
Sunday, 20 January 2008 19:00

brazillian brown rice

By now you've heard the news...for a myriad of reasons, it is important to eat more whole grains. They are an excellent source of antioxidants and are believed to lower triglyceride levels. They are associated with a reduction in the risk of heart disease and cancer. They are a great source of dietary fiber, minerals, and many B Vitamins, including folic acid. They can reduce the severity of asthma and the frequency of migraine headaches. They have been shown to aid in weight management and reduce the risk of diabetes.

In spite of the overwhelming evidence of the abundant benefits of whole grains, many people have not found effective ways to integrate whole grains into their daily diet. Perhaps whole grain cooking seems complicated, expensive, or inconvenient. It doesn't have to be that way.

Our family's staple whole grain, the one we fall back on when we aren't feeling particularly creative, is brown rice. We prepare it in the Brazilian style which results in a loose grain that is aromatic and flavorful, and has excellent texture. The added garlic is subtle and will not overpower or compete with other flavors on your plate.

This simple recipe may be just what you need to bring more nutrient packed whole grains into your life, the easy way.

Brazilian Brown Rice

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups brown rice
  • 2 3/4 cups water
  • 2 large garlic cloves - crushed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • salt to taste

Preparation:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the crushed garlic and sauté until fragrant, but do not allow it to brown. Add the rice and sauté stirring frequently until the rice begins to lose its translucence.
  2. Add the water and salt to taste. Allow water to come to a rolling boil. Cover the saucepan and reduce to a low heat. Allow to simmer for 40 minutes.
  3. Remove pan from heat, fluff the rice with a fork, and re-cover. Allow the rice to sit covered for 10 minutes.

Notes:

  • This recipe scales well. I like to use the medium grain brown rice commonly sold in Asian markets, or brown jasmine rice. Any brown rice will work, but you may need to adjust the water to rice ratio.

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