How to cook wholegrain basmati rice

How to cook wholegrain basmati rice

Wholegrain (or brown) basmati rice is just basmati rice with the bran layer still intact. This gives it a nutty flavour and chewy texture, and the bran is full of nutrients and natural fibre. Wholegrain basmati is delicious in all sorts of dishes, and can be used to bulk out salads, soups and casseroles as well as being served as a side dish.

  • wholegrain basmati rice


Bring a large pan of water to a rolling boil
Weigh out 60g of rice per person and add it to the pan, stirring once
Cover the pan, turn the heat down and simmer for 25 minutes until the grains are soft and slightly chewy
Drain the rice, cover and leave to steam for 3 minutes
Fluff the grains up with a fork and serve

Serving suggestions

Brown or wholegrain rice can be used in place of any recipe that calls for white basmati rice when you're after grains with a little more chewiness and nutty flavour. Try it in Rachel Walker's Mackerel and brown rice kedgeree for a more substantial alternative to the British classic, or use it in Judy Joo's Bibimbap for an authentic Korean dish.

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