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    Brown Jasmine Rice

    I can't say that I'm fond of brown rice, but I keep trying to like it since it is supposed to be healthier. A while back - I'm embarassed to say just how long ago - I ran across some Brown Jasmine Rice (or is it Jasmine Brown Rice) at an Asian food store, so I bought it thinking I may like it better than the usual brown rice. I was, of course, wrong. We don't like it at all. As is usual, I started out mixing it with white Jasmine Rice, hoping to get used to it that way. Now I have run completely out of white rice, and am determined to not buy more until we use up the brown rice.

    Help, Please!

    Does anyone have any suggestions, advice, or comments? I cooked some this evening in the rice cooker for a longer time with extra water, and we forced ourselves to eat it. I welcome any ideas to make it taste better. It would be great if we could learn to actually like it.

    I sure do miss the white Jasmine rice I've been eating for so long.

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    Re: Brown Jasmine Rice

    How long do you soak it? Soaking helps to lighten the rice bran. Always good to make fried rice too. After it is cooked.

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    Re: Brown Jasmine Rice

    I'm supposed to soak it? For how long?

    I cooked extra for fried rice tonight. Am I right in assuming I should make fried rice the way I usually do?


    Actually, I was thinking that if I try to not compare it with the jasmine rice I am accustomed to, it will be easier to adjust to.

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    Re: Brown Jasmine Rice

    We usually leave it to soak for at least an hour before putting it in the rice cooker.

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    Re: Brown Jasmine Rice

    Soak brown rice around half an hour before cooking in electric rice cooker, brown rice to water ratio - 1:1.5

    Without soaking, the ratio will be 1:1.75

    Add fresh lime juice 1-2 teaspoons to make brown rice softer

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    Re: Brown Jasmine Rice

    Thanks to all for your very common sense suggestions. I am determined to learn to appreciate, if not love, brown rice.

    Now I'm wondering if many people eat it often, and do some actually prefer it to white rice?

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    Re: Brown Jasmine Rice

    I like brown rice as it has a nutty flavour that white rice does not-it is also supposed to be better for you in as much as any other unrefined food is.

    Look in Macrobiotic cookbooks for recipes using brown rice.

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    Re: Brown Jasmine Rice

    Yes, I noticed the nutty flavor and I think I will appreciate it better now that I know how to cook it.
    Thanks for the suggestion to look in a macrobiotic cookbook. The main reason I am determined to learn to appreciate it is because it is healthier. However, I don't remember every seeing it served in Thailand. That makes me wonder how well liked it is there.

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    Re: Brown Jasmine Rice

    Generally it's not liked at all but it's not unheard of people eating it for health reasons. I guess it's like generally people eat normal pasta in the west but some would go for the whole grain one.

    Also during last year rice shortage many poorer Thai switched to brown rice and then switched back as soon as possible

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    Re: Brown Jasmine Rice

    I'm not so sure if we mean the same thing about brown jasmine rice cos the raw kind of rice we buy is actually more red-maroon coloured than brown.

    Maybe they are the same but I've never see brown-coloured rice in the market here like I used to see elsewhere.

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