Feb 6, 2007

Fried Rice with Brown Rice

Vegetable Brown Rice with Chilli-garlic sauce

Brown Rice is the Kernel of rice from which only the hull has been removed. In White rice all the high fiber & nutrient rice outer bran is milled and thrown away, while the brown rice retains all the good stuff that the rice has. But eating brown rice is not as fun as white rice. This has a chewy texture like whole wheat grain and barley.

How to cook Brown Rice?

I have tried making brown rice in rice cooker. It takes a lot of time. Soaking the rice for an hr before starting to cook helps too. But the best method I found is to cook in the pressure cooker with little more water. Cook for 5-6 whistles, cool down and drain any excess water from the rice.

Cooked Brown Rice

You can eat brown rice with dal or sambar. But my friend Manisha says Brown Rice best fits the Chinese style fried rice. I tried 2 recipes with Brown Rice. Fried Rice & Vegetable Brown Rice with Chilli-garlic sauce.

Fried Brown Rice

Fried Rice

1/2 capsicum/green bell pepper
1 carrot
1/2 cup corn kernels
1/2 cup bean sprouts
or combination of vegetables of your choice
3 green onions
1 tbsp oil
1 cup cooked brown rice
soy sauce
6-7 cloves garlic, finely chopped.

Finely chop all the veggies into thin long strips. Heat oil in a kadai/wok, add garlic, fry till aromatic. Add green onions, carrots, bell peppers, corn kernels, bean sprouts one at a time with frying each of them till cooked. Add the cooked brown rice and mix well. Add soy sauce to taste. Adjust salt.

Vegetable Brown Rice with Chilli-garlic sauce

Ingredients for Chilli Garlic Brown Rice

Ingredients as shown in the picture

1 carrots
3 mushroom
3 green onions
few bamboo shoots, optional
1/4 cup peas
1/4 cup corn
1 tbsp oil
1 cup cooked brown rice
chilli garlic sauce
6-7 cloves garlic, finely chopped.
The process of making id similar to the fried rice as the previous recipe. But I used
different combination of vegetables and chilli-garlic sauce instead of soy sauce.

Vegetable Brown Rice with Chilli-garlic sauce

Note that Brown Rice is not the same as Boiled Rice/Ukda/Kuchilakki/Kutrimatta/Rosematta. See the picture of Kutrimatta here. Brown Rice is not processed in any form. It is the Kernel of rice from which only the hull has been removed. While Kutrimatta/Rosematta, the paddy is pre-cooked with the outer cover and then hulled hence retaining some nutrients. I guess Brown Rice retains a lot of fiber, more then the later one.


Aruna said...

Hey Manjula ....This is something new, never heard of "fried rice with brown rice". I have seen big packets of this rice in Indian stores, but not smaller quantity, so i am a little hesitant to buy. Thanks for sharing something different.

Unknown said...

Looks delicious manjula..and very colorful too.Never tried brown rice before..might try now..

Anonymous said...

Hi Manjula, never tried fried rice with chili-garlic sauce. It looks great! I like brown rice best for fried rice :) Thanks for sharing!

Dr. Soumya Bhat said...

hey Manjula,
this looks great.think it will taste great with those juicy mushrooms,corns and other veggies.I also prepare with the same combo of veggies but never tried it with brown rice will surely try it with brown rice.Thanks dear

FH said...

Looks wonderful.Great assortment of veg,meat,love it.My kids love brown rice and it's nutty flavor.Thanks Manjula!:))

Ashwini said...

Manjula its good to see someone else making brown rice too!!
I have cut down on carbs a little and am trying to incorporate brown rice in my meals. Its really a healthy way to enjoy rice but of course takes time getting used to.
I will definitely try out your fried rice version.

Anonymous said...

Looks very good Manjula. We loove brown rice in pej. So I think I will like this too. Better than eating oily fried rice in restaurants.

Manjula said...

Aruna, Maheswarai, Linda, Dr Sowmya, Asha, Ashwini, Linda, Shilpa,
Glad you all liked my recipe. Try the fried rice and let me know, how did it work for you guys.

You can find small packets of brown rice in American Supermarkets, all the heath food stores like Trader Joes & Whole Foods carry them. Some stores sell them unpacked, so you can pack your desired quantity.

Brown rice is soo good and healthy too. Offcourse it wont have a pretty, fluffy & separate grains like the White rice.


TNL said...

Brown rice is so good...and you're right about cooking it in the pressure cooker...and how creative to use it in a Chinese recipe.

Looks reallllly good.


Sia said...

we eat brown rice daily for our dinner. using it for chinese food is really cool. i usually use long grain rice for chinese rice.
and manjula, i tried ur recipe of batata saung yesterday and girl we loved it. its such a siple dish and tastes so good:) will post the pic in my blog soon:) thanks for such a wonderful recipe:)

jacob said...

lovely, singapore's the land of fried rice, but i've never seen anything remotely like this. looks delicious.

Seema Bhat said...

I have always wanted to get this brown rice since its more healthier but somehow had been a little skeptical (not anymore). Thanks for these wonderful and healthy dishes. Lovely presentation too.

Seema Bhat said...

One more thing I just saw Sia mentioning the brown rice that we use on daily basis. Thats different one( kuttari rose matta rice which is also brown in color). The one you used is long grained brown rice and not rose matta right?

Manjula said...

Hi Trupti,
It was my friends idea to use it in Chinese!

Hi Sia & Seema,
No this is not boiled rice/kuchilakki/ukda/rosematta/kutrimatta. This is brown rice. Updated the post with a picture of brown rice.

Hi Jacob,
I don't think any restaurant will ever make this rice. Its very health but not as pleasing as white rice.


Anonymous said...

You can mix white rice and brown rice (1:1 proportion) and cook to start with. That way, you can go easy on your stomach (too much fiber suddenly is not good). Gradually change the proportion to increase the quantity of brown rice. So far, only pressure cooker works out well for me as the cooking points of the 2 rices are totally different.
I eat it with Dal, sambar etc too. And I buy brown rice flour from Whole Foods and use it in all Indian recipes that call for rice flour and it works out great - especially in Rava dosas, snacks like murukkus etc.
In California, especially in the Bay Area, Thai restaurants serve their lunch and dinner options with either brown or white rice. But, you need to ask them for brown rice specifically to get it.
Good luck.

Anonymous said...

Healthier brown rice is much more pleasing, especially if you care about taking in nutritious foods. White rice is stripped of all necessary nutrients and the body does not digest it properly.

— Certified Nutritionist

Anonymous said...

I'm visiting this blog for the first time and I'm glad I came here. I was on the look-out for brown rice cooking tips and recipes using it.....this fried rice sounds very good. will give it a try sometime this week and let u know how it turned out.

Btw, recently I started pressure cooking this rice too with more water but I noticed the fiber also goes off a little bit along with the starch in the excess drained water(that is, color of the rice changes a little bit) did u have that problem?

Thanks a lot for all the healthy recipes especially brown rice based recipes :)


Manjula said...

Thank you so much for raising this concern. I did some research on the internet to find out the effects of discarding the water.
I do not know about how much of fiber is lost, but quite sure that there is a nutrient loss.
Guess a better way is to cook the rice in just enough water so that all the liquid is absorbed into the rice.
Check these links on
WebHeathCare.com and
knowledgebank.irri.org websites

An alternative is to use the brown rice in the dosa, where 100% of brown rice is used up. Check out my
recipe for Brown Rice Dosa