Brown Basmati is the whole-grain version of delicious basmati rice. In this guide, you'll learn how to cook brown basmati rice in a rice cooker, this includes the water-to-rice ratio, cooking time, as well as nutrition facts. Let's do this!
Basmati Rice is a fragrant long-grain rice that is grown in India. Brown basmati rice is just white basmati rice, only it still has its outer bran layer on it. This makes it a whole grain and means it has more nutritious value. Its flavor is also stronger. On the downside, brown basmati rice takes longer to cook than white rice.
You should be able to find brown basmati rice in the bulk bins of your grocery store. In fact, at my local grocery store I can only buy it in the bulk section, it's not offered on the shelf!
Using a rice cooker to cook brown basmati rice is a great idea. I especially love that it's pretty much impossible to burn rice when using a rice cooker. (This can be a problem when cooking rice on the stove).
Let's get this cooking party started!
You really only need 2 ingredients when cooking brown basmati rice in a rice cooker: rice and water! Plus you'll need a rice cooker.
Some people like to add salt to the rice cooker too. I prefer to add salt to taste after cooking, depending on how I'm planning on serving the basmati rice.
Start by rinsing your brown basmati rice under water. This removes any dust from storage or starch that has built up.
Add 1 cup of rice, 2 cups of water, and an optional ½ teaspoon of salt into your rice cooker.
If your rice cooker has different settings, turn it to the brown rice setting. Place the lid on the rice cooker and press the turn it on.
Once your rice cooker alerts you that it is done, remove the lid carefully, watching out for steam. Your rice is ready to be enjoyed!
There are several ways you can add a little extra flavor to your brown basmati rice when cooking.
- Broth - instead of water, you can use any type of broth to add more flavor.
- Spices - you can add a bit of spice, such as garlic or cumin, to the rice cooker at the beginning as well.
The following nutrition label is for ½ cup cooked brown basmati rice.
Brown basmati rice is a whole grain because it still has its outer bran layer on and therefore more nutritious than white basmati rice. It is higher in fiber and has more magnesium, vitamin E, zinc, potassium, and phosphorus.
As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying orders, at no cost to you. Thanks for supporting The Incredible Bulks!
You can successfully make brown basmati rice in whatever rice cooker you have, whether it be the simplest of rice cookers or an extra fancy one. If you need a rice cooker, here are some highly rated ones at different price points. Just click on the picture to learn more about the product.
If you don't have a fine mesh strainer I highly recommend getting a metal one. They are great for rinsing small grains, like rice and quinoa, because they can't fall through the mesh. The metal mesh strainers are a lot more durable than plastic or fabric ones. I've had holes rip in the plastic ones before.
Any leftover rice should be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. The longer it is stored, the more dried out the grains will become, so I recommend reusing them as soon as possible.
The simplest way to reheat your rice is in the microwave. You'll want to use a microwave-safe container that has a lid. Add the rice and break up any large chunks of rice with a fork. Add a few sprinkles of water to help create steam and rehydrate the grains.
Cover the container and microwave for 1 minute. Remove the lid, (watch out for steam) and test the grains. If they are still cold or dry repeat until you're satisfied.
Sometimes when I'm feeling wild, aka, I don't forget, I spray the bottom of my rice cooker with cooking spray to help prevent sticking. It doesn't usually stick very much anyway, but this makes clean-up a breeze!
When using a rice cooker, the water-to-rice ratio is 2 cups of water for every 1 cup of brown basmati rice.
Each rice cooker is different, but it should take about 30 minutes to cook brown basmati rice in a rice cooker.
No, you do not need to soak brown basmati rice, but you should rinse it before cooking. The purpose of soaking is to speed up the cooking time, and since it already has a relatively fast cooking time, you don't need to.
Yes! Brown basmati rice cooks in about ½ the time that it takes for long-grain, brown rice to cook.
I hope this guide to cooking brown basmati rice in the rice cooker is helpful to you! Please let me know how it turned out in the comments section!
Looking for other ways to cook brown basmati rice? Try these:
These are my favorite dishes to serve with brown basmati rice:
How to Cook Brown Basmati Rice in the Rice Cooker
- 1 cup brown basmati rice
- 2 cups water
- Start by rinsing your brown basmati rice under water. This removes any dust from storage or starch that has built up.
- Add 1 cup of rice, 2 cups of water, and an optional ½ teaspoon of salt into your rice cooker.
- If your rice cooker has different settings*, turn it to the brown rice setting. Place the lid on the rice cooker and press the turn it on.
- Once your rice cooker alerts you that it is done, remove the lid carefully, watching out for steam. Your rice is ready to be enjoyed!