Sunday, October 12, 2008

Genmai (brown rice) for beginners

Brown rice (whole grain) is a lot more nutritious compared to the white rice. It's rich in Vitamin B and E, Potassium... and fiber. But it has some disadvantages as well.

1. Takes long to cook (it's best to soak brown rice in the water overnight).
2. Takes more to digest (might not be good for kids or when your body is ailing)
3. Got some brown rice-ish odor.....

This half-brown rice solved those problems. As you see in the picture, it's not whole-grain; it looks to me like 40%-grain instead of 100%. Obviously less nutritious than brown rice, but more so than white rice. You can cook just as you cook white rice, and it tastes pretty close (not the same though).

It's a little bit expensive, but worth trying. If you live in California, it shouldn't be difficult find it in Japanese grocery stores.

Sukoyaka Genmai, or 健やか玄米 (I bought 15 lbs bag at about $22)
Nishimoto Trading, Santa Fe Springs, CA USA

5 comments:

Kate said...

Wow, this is a great suggestion to a more convenient alternative to more nutritional rice.

The picture is also really cool of the closeup of the half-brown rice! I never realized how pretty it is :).

Thank you for the great suggestion. I live in Florida, so I will see if they sell it in my stores and let you know.

eco-samurai said...

I hope they ship to Florida so as you can try it! Thank you for the comment.

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Anonymous said...

You should try to get it first from the local Asian supermarkets.

I want to eat brown rice, but the kids hate it. You need to try to experiment with the length of time cooking, water volume, etc. to make the regular brown rice with the right moist and texture.

With this half "whole" grain rice, at least it's really tasty, you won't feel you are eating brown rice. Now at least I have the best compromise. I am used to the rather soft, sticky short grain, never liked long grain.

Finally, I most likely will switch to organic - arm-twisting expected.