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Brown Basmati Rice - Healthy, Quick, Delicious!

Updated on September 6, 2014

Brown Basmati Rice is a wonderful wholefood!

Did you know that brown basmati rice is one of the healthiest foods you can eat. It's also very tasty and extremely easy to cook.

Oh and it is relatively inexpensive too and makes a filling meal that all the family can enjoy, or can be a satisfying no-fuss meal for one or two people.

It can also be a delicious accompaniment for many dishes. In fact, rice has to be one of the most versatile foods around!

Read on for some tips on cooking your brown basmati rice to perfection, and some brown basmati meal ideas.

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The Health Benefits of Brown Basmati Rice

Brown rice is good for you. And basmati rice is a healthy choice. So if you combine the two, you've got yourself a food with some great health benefits.

  • High in B vitamins and some key minerals, including manganese, selenium and magnesium
  • High in fiber - brown basmati rice is a whole grain so you get the benefit of the natural grain with only the outermost layer (the hull) removed
  • High in plant lignans - protective substances that lower risk of disease

To find out more about how healthy brown basmati and other varieties of brown rice can be, visit The World's Healthiest Foods website.

And if you want to be even healthier, choose organic brown basmati rice.

Where Your Basmati Rice is Grown

So easy anyone can cook it!

OK, this one is for you, all you people who claim you can't cook. Whether it is true or not!

Here's one thing you will be able to cook.

First you need your bag of brown basmati rice. It's becoming quite popular here in the UK. If it's not so easy to find where you live, try health food stores. If you are in the US, you can also buy it via Amazon.

Now you can cook your rice in a pan if that's how you like to do it. But for the cooking-challenged, I really recommend a good rice cooker.

Now you're ready to get cooking.

What You Need: Brown Basmati Rice

Arrowhead Mills Brown Basmati Rice, 28-Ounce Packages (Pack of 6)
Arrowhead Mills Brown Basmati Rice, 28-Ounce Packages (Pack of 6)

6 x 128 ounce bags of organic brown basmati rice. Reviewers praise the Arrowhead Mills brown basmati for both taste and value.


I also recommend a rice cooker - This one is highly rated on Amazon

I love my rice cooker. It makes it so easy: just put in the right amount of rice and water, then go off and do something else! This Aroma Rice Cooker and Food Steamer is both versatile and affordable. It can prepare up to 16 cups of cooked rice and has a keep warm feature and a delay timer. You can also steam vegetables and meat at the same time!

Aroma ARC-838TC 8-Cup (Uncooked), 16-Cup (Cooked) Digital Rice Cooker and Food Steamer, White
Aroma ARC-838TC 8-Cup (Uncooked), 16-Cup (Cooked) Digital Rice Cooker and Food Steamer, White

This rice cooker has 87 (and counting!) 5 star reviews on

Buyers have found it simple to use, with impressive results. The non-stick pot is also easy to clean afterwards.

The versatile cooker has been successfully used to cook all kinds of rice along with steaming veg or meat at the same time. Many buyers appreciated the delay timer which ensure your rice is ready exactly when you want it.


Brown basmati rice - pure, simple and delicious

The easy way to measure your rice is the US measure of cups. I'm not in the US but my rice cooker came with a handy plastic cup and I bet yours did too.

  1. For a two-person portion, take 2 cups of your brown basmati rice. Rinse it and put it in the rice cooker.
  2. Next, add 3 cups of water. (You might be used to adding in equal measures of rice and water. Don't do this for brown basmati rice. It's a firm grain that needs a little extra cooking time.) UPDATE: I've started adding a splash of oil too. It helps stop the rice sticking to the pan.
  3. Now you can put the lid on and set your rice cooker to begin cooking. Your rice will be ready in about half an hour, so you can go off and prepare the rest of your food. (I often eat the rice on it's own so get half an hour to go do something fun.)
  4. When it's done, give it a quick stir to stop it sticking to the bowl. Leave to warm - or serve right away.
  5. Brown basmati rice has a nice taste served as it is, but you can add some soy sauce to give it added flavor.

Brown Basmati Recipes - Use brown basmati in your favorite rice dishes

This versatile rice can replace white rice in so many dishes. Here are just a few brown basmati rice recipe ideas.

Have you tried brown basmati rice yet? - What did you think? Find any delicious ways to cook it?

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    Sundaycoffee 3 years ago

    I love the photo with the cat in the "mice" cooker! :)

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    Aster56 5 years ago

    Yes I tried brown basmati rice it has a different taste compared to white basmati.

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    mrsclaus411 5 years ago

    I've tried brown rice but haven't tried brown basmati rice yet. I would like to try, I'm sure I will like it as well.

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    June Parker 5 years ago from New York

    Coming from Hawaii, I am a big time lover of rice and basmati brown rice is one of my favorite types because of it's nutty flavor. I especially like it with vegetarian dishes.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    I bought it by mistake one day when shopping for brown rice. Now I eat it almost everyday. Great taste and very healthy for you!

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    making me hungry haha

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    We do eat it on a regular basis. There are just so many good ways to flavor rice.

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    I need to go and dig out that bag of basmati rice that is languishing at the back of my store cupboard :)

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    miaponzo 6 years ago

    I eat it practically every day!!! :) LOVE IT!!! Blessed!

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    yayas 6 years ago

    I love all kinds of rice. Although I don't know if I have particularly eaten brown basmati rice, I do know that I like brown rice. You've given me good reason to search for the brown basmati rice. I'm looking forward to trying it. Thanks. :)

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    RecipePublishing 6 years ago

    Nice lens.

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    I love the taste and scent of Basmati Rice. Great lens!

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    Basmati Rice is very aromatic and goes well with many curries. Excellent lens. Thanks and good day.

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    FitnessTom 6 years ago

    Basmati is good high fiber lower carb rice. Jasmine good too.

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    JoshK47 6 years ago

    It took me a long time to finally start liking it, but really brown rice is SO much better than white rice - great lens!

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    ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

    Yes! Great lens, putting over a simple but very important message.

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    Anahid LM 6 years ago

    Hi: I use Basmati rice too but i use the white rice. Great lens All the best. Anna

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    Anthony Godinho 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    We grew up eating brown rice and I loved it. My mom is a really great cook, so we all enjoyed eating delicious and healthy food. Great lens on brown basmati rice. **Blessed by a Squid-Angel**

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    I love brown rice, but I've never seen brown basmati in supermarkets where I live. I'll have to get some from Amazon.Very interesting lens--I want to try the Brown Basmati Rice with French Green Lentils.

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    LouisaDembul 6 years ago

    I love white basmati, have never tried this! Lensrolled to my lenses Introduction to rice and Rice Quiz!

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    jolou 7 years ago

    Yes, it's delicious, and as you point out, very healthy. I like to eat it with lots of veggies.

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    Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Brown basmati rice is one of our favorite grains. We love it as a side dish, an entree, or a dessert! It's so versatile and healthy and delicious. I don't have a rice cooker but you've got me thinking that I probably should! Will put one on my wish list.

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    Krafick 7 years ago

    Yeah, it's very tasty.

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    anonymous 7 years ago

    Great work on this, basmati rice sure is good!

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    PrettyWorld 7 years ago

    We love brown basmati. And brown jasmine. And Himalayan red. And and and.

    A decent rice cooker comes in handy with those. The one we have has perfect cooking, a delay start, keep warm, and will even reheat rice automatically if the power goes out. Summers meals are often roasted garden veg over a delicious rice. Yum!

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    anonymous 7 years ago

    I am trying really hard to like brown rice! Very informative lens!

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    thesuccess2 7 years ago

    Must try the brown stuff, problem is my family are a bit resistant to it.

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    miaponzo 7 years ago

    I have.. that is mainly what we have here in Kuwait, although it hasn't really caught on yet! :) I adore it!

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    RinchenChodron 7 years ago

    Yes, I love it! Much more nutritious than white rice.

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    anonymous 7 years ago

    I love basmati rice, actually I pretty much love any rice. My favorite meal is grilled veggies and rice. I have never tried brown basmati rice yet, and now I would like to. Not sure our stores here have it, but will look the next time.

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    sheriangell 7 years ago

    I could eat rice every single day. My family, however thinks otherwise. We've never tried brown basmati rice, but we will be soon.

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    mochimo 7 years ago

    Hmm, never see those kind of rice here in Indonesia. But this lens make me search more information about Basmati rice :)

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    Bluesssman 7 years ago

    Very nice lens. I have a hard time finding brown basmati rice.

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    Nathalie Roy 7 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

    I did try, it takes a little time to get use to it, but the health benefits are worth it.

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    Lisa-Marie-Mary 7 years ago

    This rice sounds really good! And my husband just bought a rice cooker and we've been using it like mad - would be fun to do something besides white rice in it every now and then. (Even though I love white rice!)

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @anonymous: I'm glad you discovered for yourself how tasty brown basmati is! Thanks for stopping by here.

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    anonymous 7 years ago

    Very nice lens. I didn't try it for a long time thinking it was too difficult to make. But it's so good for you!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @thesuccess2: Thanks for visiting... and good question! It has a subtle taste so if they will eat regular rice they should be fine with this one. You could always mix in a favorite sauce.

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    thesuccess2 7 years ago

    I try to learn a health tip everyday, so thanks for this. Will kids like Brown Basmati? they can be so fussy

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @GonnaFly: You'll like it -- just as tasty and even better for you than the regular basmati!

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    Jeanette 7 years ago from Australia

    We always eat basmati rice but I've never seen or tried brown basmati rice. I'll have to look in the health food shops.

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @Kylyssa: I hope you enjoy it, there are so many things you can try it with and I suspect you are a good cook!

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    Kylyssa Shay 7 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

    I haven't tried brown basmati rice yet but after reading this page about it, I will.

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @justholidays: Oh yes, it's delicious! I think I could happily eat basmati rice just about every day. What do you eat yours with?

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    justholidays 7 years ago

    I think I already said that, but I love basmati rice - especially the one that smells and tastes like jasmine... mmmmmm.....

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @RuthCoffee: I think you probably would, mulberry, it's just so versatile. Think I'll leave the raw mice to your kitties though! :)

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    Ruth Coffee 7 years ago from Zionsville, Indiana

    Sounds wonderful, I love rice in general, so I would probably like this as well. My kitties reject cooked meat, I think they would prefer their mice "raw"!

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @WildFacesGallery: Glad you are enjoying brown rice, it's better for you than the white stuff in any case! ;) But I hope Budda doesn't get ideas about mice cookers....

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    Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

    Great lens. Being a diabetic white rice is off the menu but I do love brown rice and it can be enjoyed (in moderation) by diabetics. Thanks for the great lens.

    BTW loved the cat in the "mice" cooker. :)

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    Indigo Janson 7 years ago from UK

    @gluten-free-nomad: Thanks for the reminder about basmati rice being gluten free, that's a very good point! And thank you for the kind comments too. (And also to the previous visitors.)

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    gluten-free-nomad 7 years ago

    Yes, I love basmati... And it's gluten free and the basis for lot of gluten free dishes...great lens! Thanks for the rice cooker recommendation, I've been looking for a good one. And I love the mice cooker...

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    Lloyd Pinto 8 years ago from Mumbai

    I love basmati rice!! I know I should be eating the brown variety though!!! Well done. Rated and Faved!

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    kimmanleyort 8 years ago

    Great pictures. I liked how you emphasized the simplicity and the health benefits. 5*

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    Deb Kingsbury 8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

    I just bought some basmati rice, which I haven't done for a long time. I decided to make a stir fry (another thing I haven't done in a long time). Anyhow, you did a great job on this lens. Love the kitty in the cooker pic.

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    eccles1 8 years ago

    Love this lens it's healthy ! I gaved up white rice a couple years ago and switched to natural brown rice all your recipes look great ! Happy Thanksgiving

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    Cynthia Sylvestermouse 8 years ago from United States

    Great lens! I love the "mice cooker" picture. That is just too funny!

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    Patricia 8 years ago

    I have a rice cooker and eat long grain brown rice in my cereal each morning. Is that the same as basmati rice?

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    Laniann 8 years ago

    I like brown rice and haven't tried brown basmati rice yet, but it is on my list to get. I love the cat in the rice cooker.

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    Macs LM 8 years ago

    Very nice, with lots of info. I love that cat in the rice steamer, too funny!