Do you want to try brown jasmine rice? Are you curious about how to cook long-grain brown jasmine rice?
Brown jasmine rice is god-sent for those who don’t like regular brown rice’s chewy texture and nutty taste.
Even though I love regular brown rice, I keep a few packs of brown jasmine rice reserved for bad days. Its taste and fragrance are enough to uplift my mood! The best part is that it requires less effort and time to cook brown jasmine rice than regular brown rice.
In this guide, let’s talk about the easiest and quickest ways to cook brown jasmine rice.
Regular Brown Rice Vs. Brown Jasmine Rice: What is the Difference?
Brown jasmine rice is a variety of brown rice. It is also unprocessed and contains extra outer bran and germ layers, making it healthier than white jasmine rice.
In addition to that, brown jasmine rice has a different chemical composition than brown rice, due to which there are many differences in its taste, texture, and aroma.
You will love brown jasmine rice if you aren’t a fan of regular brown rice’s texture.
Many people can’t eat regular brown rice due to its chewy texture. I was surprised after trying brown jasmine rice because it has a tender texture with hardly any chewiness.
2. Taste and Appearance
I like to describe brown jasmine rice’s taste and appearance as “fancy.”
Regular brown rice has a strong and nutty flavor, whereas brown jasmine rice tastes sweet and buttery.
There is also a noticeable difference between the grain size. As brown jasmine rice is a long-grain variety, it looks fluffier and more appealing than regular brown rice.
You don’t need an air freshener or scented candle for your home when you cook brown jasmine rice!
Brown jasmine rice consists of a compound named 2-Acetyl-1-pyrroline (2AP). It imparts a mouth-watering flowery and popcorn-like aroma to the cooked rice!
On the other hand, regular brown rice has a mild and nutty smell.
Both regular brown rice and brown jasmine rice have several nutrients.
However, brown jasmine rice has a higher protein and fiber content than regular brown rice. It also has more fats and carbohydrates.
The table below covers the nutrient content in both the brown rice varieties.
|Brown Rice (per 100 grams)
|Brown Jasmine Rice (per 100 grams)
How to Cook Brown Jasmine Rice?
Brown jasmine rice has a lovely aroma and flavor, which may make you feel like it is difficult to cook. However, it is not just appetizing but also requires minimal culinary skills!
You can also boil brown jasmine rice using three different methods, as discussed here.
Method 1: Using a Stove
You can cook brown jasmine rice on the stove like other rice varieties. The only difference is that brown jasmine rice needs more water than regular brown rice.
Below are the steps to follow:
1. Take one cup of brown jasmine rice and rinse it twice. Rinsing removes any dirt or excess starch and ensures fluffy grains.
2. Strain the rice in a sieve once the water runs clear, as seen in the picture below.
3. Transfer the rinsed rice to a cooking pot and fill it with two and a half cups of water.
4. Add half a teaspoon of salt to one cup of brown jasmine rice. You can skip this step if you cook extra sauces for rice.
5. Keep the pot on a stove and cook the jasmine rice on medium-high heat until the water starts boiling.
6. Turn the heat to medium-low when the water starts boiling, and close the pot’s lid tightly.
7. Let the brown jasmine rice cook on medium-low heat for at least 30 minutes.
8. You shouldn’t open the lid continuously because it affects the boiling process. Instead, I suggest opening the lid only once after 20 to 25 minutes.
9. Add two to three extra tablespoons of water if the grains have absorbed all and haven’t fully cooked. Let the rice cook for a few more minutes.
10. Check the brown jasmine rice after 30 minutes. It should look fluffy and develop a lovely fragrance once cooked well!
11. Turn off the stove when the brown jasmine rice is cooked.
Method 2: Using a Microwave
There are days when your stove isn’t working, and you want to cook brown jasmine rice. Well, you can cook it in the microwave with the least effort.
The only thing I don’t like about this method is that the brown jasmine rice grains develop a slightly chewy texture instead of a soft texture. If you don’t mind this, you can go ahead with the steps below.
1. Rinse the brown jasmine rice twice and transfer it to a microwave-safe bowl.
2. Then, add two and a half cups of water and half a teaspoon of salt for every cup of brown jasmine rice.
3. Place the bowl in a microwave and set the timer for 10 minutes. Generally, you don’t need to adjust any extra settings.
4. Check the rice after 10 minutes and add more water if required.
5. Then, microwave the brown jasmine rice for 15 more minutes.
6. Check if the rice has turned tender and fluffy. If yes, remove the bowl from the microwave. Otherwise, microwave it for five minutes.
That’s all you need to do to cook brown jasmine rice in the microwave!
Method 3: Using a Pressure Cooker or Instant Pot
Using a pressure cooker is my go-to way to prepare brown jasmine rice when I want to cook it fast!
This method takes 10 to 15 minutes less to cook rice than other listed ones. You just need to be careful while handling the pressure cooker.
Here are the steps to follow:
1. Again, rinse your brown jasmine rice and transfer it to an electric (Instant Pot) or stovetop pressure cooker.
2. Add three cups of water and half a teaspoon of salt for each cup of brown jasmine rice.
3. Close your pressure cooker’s lid tightly to ensure that the steam doesn’t come out while cooking.
4. Stovetop Pressure Cooker: Cook the rice in the pressure cooker on high heat until the cooker reaches high pressure. You’ll notice it when the cooker’s whistle starts vibrating. Then, turn the heat to medium-low.
5. Let the rice cook in a stovetop pressure cooker for 15 to 20 minutes.
6. Instant Pot: Use the “Pressure Cook” option and cook on high pressure for at least 22 minutes.
7. After the suggested time, turn off the stove and let the pressure cooker (stovetop or instant pot) release its pressure naturally for 10 to 15 minutes. Don’t do it by yourself by opening the lid, as the pressure may cause the cooker to explode!
8. Open the lid and fluff your delicious brown jasmine rice with a fork.
Safety Tip: Position the pressure cooker’s lid and valve away from your direction while opening it.
Recipe Card – Brown Jasmine Rice on Stove
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Servings: Two to three people
- 1 cup of brown jasmine rice
- 2 ½ cups of water
- ½ teaspoon of salt
- Rinse the brown jasmine rice under tap water at least twice.
- Transfer the rinsed rice to a cooking pot.
- Add 2 ½ cups of water and ½ teaspoon of salt to rice.
- Cook the brown jasmine rice on medium-high heat until the water starts boiling.
- Turn the heat to medium-low and cook the rice for at least 30 minutes or until it turns fluffy, soft, and aromatic.
- Turn off the stove, fluff the brown jasmine rice, and transfer it to a bowl.
Brown jasmine rice is easier and faster to cook than regular brown rice. You just need to boil one cup of brown jasmine rice with two and a half cups of water for about 30 minutes.
I love how brown jasmine rice takes less time than brown rice but tastes much better. Cook it once, and you will forget about regular brown rice!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the ratio of water to jasmine brown rice?
You must add 2.5 cups of water to 1 cup of jasmine brown rice to achieve a soft consistency.
Should I soak brown jasmine rice before cooking?
There is no need to soak brown jasmine rice, as rinsing it twice is enough. Soaking reduces the cooking time of brown rice. However, brown jasmine already has less cooking time than regular brown rice.
Is brown jasmine rice healthy?
Brown jasmine rice is healthier than white jasmine rice because it has more fiber. Brown jasmine rice (100 grams) has 4 grams of fiber, whereas the same for white jasmine is 1.2 grams. It also has a lower carbohydrate content of 26.4 grams than regular rice varieties.
What is the ratio of water to rice for brown rice?
You require 2 cups of water for one cup of regular brown rice. Note that more water is required to cook brown jasmine rice.
How long to cook brown jasmine rice?
You should cook brown jasmine for at least 30 to 40 minutes for a uniform texture.