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Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Cauliflower Rice : Brown or White?
For someone(like me) used to eating soft white rice at all times,the switch to nutty brown rice a little challenging and also expensive ,considering its low supply and relatively higher price.But makes me wonder, shouldn't the brown rice be cheaper,because it involves lesser processing than its white make over,saving the energy costs of Industrial milling and process of fortifying with synthetic vitamins?.
Be surprised,read the details of health benefits of whole Brown rice.
Clearly what remains in the white rice ripped off of its nature's best nutrients including fiber to negligible amounts is mostly starch,another culprit of unwanted weight gain resulting in aliments like diabetes and increase in cholesterol.Whole grains on the other hand are known to keep you fuller longer,reducing the cravings of eating between the meals.
So did I make the complete transition to Brown rice after learning its goodness?Just partly(cause of my picky tastes),but I have limited the white rice to smaller portions.As for Mr.Health Nut who is totally ga-ga over such whole foods ,always prefers the nuttiness of brown rice to the fluffiness of white rice.
Brown Rice Cooking and Storage
The brown rice takes longer to cook,soaking it before cooking helps in lessening the cooking time.The storage life of brown rice is shorter than white rice because the natural oils in the grain requires it to be stored in air-tight container and refrigerate for longer shelf-life.
Cauliflower Brown Rice
White Cauliflower ,unlike the white rice is totally wholesome and is considered a cancer fighting super food.The cauliflower brown rice with cauliflower cooked while still crunchy, makes a healthful meal.I cooked the rice and vegetable separately,if you prefer veggies softer ,then cook the rice with veggies like in this pulov recipe.
2 cups Organic Brown Rice
1/2 a medium onion,chopped
1/2 cup carrots,sliced
2 cups Cauliflower florets
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon red chilly powder
3/4 teaspoon ginger garlic paste,or 1/2 a teaspoon each of freshly minced ginger and garlic
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
2 green chillies
1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tablespoon fresh herbs like mint,cilantro or parsley, chopped.
1 tablespoon lemon juice,freshly squeezed
Wash rice and soak it for 15 minutes.Heat oil in a saucepan on medium heat flame. Add chopped onions ,whole green chillies and cumin seeds. saute for a minute and add ginger garlic paste. saute for a minute with turmeric and other spices. Add the cauliflower ,cover and cook for 10 of minutes until tender,I like it a little crunchy.
In mean time bring 4 cups of water to boil in a skillet with lid,drain the water from rice and drop carefully in the boiling water.Season with salt.Cover and let cook until tender about 25 minutes for brown rice and lesser for white rice,until water is all soaked up or drain any excess water using a colander.
Mix the cooked rice ,lemon juice in the cauliflower mixture,let cook for another 4-5 minutes until flavors come together.Garnish with fresh herbs and spring onions,serve warm with tomato Chutney.
This recipe is off to JFI event started by Indira of Mahanandi, Cauliflower is the Ingredient in focus for this month.