Posts tagged: Brown Rice

Multi-Grain or Brown Fried Rice

By , March 26, 2013

Multigrain Fried Rice 300x199 Multi Grain or Brown Fried RiceSubmitted by Robin R.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups TOTAL of the following types of rice:
  • Brown rice OR multi-grain rice
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1 cup of diced ham, chicken, or pork
  • 1/4 cup of sliced scallions
  • 1 cup grated or matchstick carrots
  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive oil or butter
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of Soy Sauce

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients to Instant Pot
  2. Set pot to Multi-Grain setting
  3. When cooking cycle is complete, fluff rice and serve

Options: You may also add 1 cup of frozen peas and/or mushrooms at the end of the cooking cycle–if you add them at the beginning they will turn out mushy

NOTE: This rice is going to be a much drier/less sticky rice than most of the recipes that are posted on the website or the ones in the recipe book. It is more like what we are used to here, in our Chinese restaurants.

Squash and Rice Casserole (Vegetarian or not)

By , November 22, 2012

Submitted by Teresa G.

Squash and Rice Casserole 300x225 Squash and Rice Casserole (Vegetarian or not)I am finally back to cooking after what felt to me a lifetime away!  We all have journeys in life – up and down – boy it felt good to get back to recipes and my Instant Pot.Notice in the photo, my elderly cat Valentina is savouring the smells coming from my latest dish.  She is hoping for a taste, however, I keep reminding her she is NOT a vegetarian!  She does like to keep a watchful eye on my cooking!As it is fall, there are plenty of harvest vegetables from your gardens and from the stores….a huge variety of pumpkins, squashes to be had!  So good for you. Here is what I tried and was delighted with:

Squash and Rice Casserole – Pressure Cooked in an InstantPot

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp of oil  (do not waste your olive oil as it loses in value when heated – becomes like any other oil.  Olive oil is great cold) One large or two smaller onions peeled and finely chopped (food processor)
  • 2 sticks of celery finely chopped (food processor)
  • 2 carrots, washed and finely chopped (food processor)
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded and finely chopped (food processor)
  • 2 cloves of garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp dried or fresh thyme (this also was from my garden)
  • 6-8 white mushrooms quartered or leave out if you do not like mushrooms
  • 2 – 3 cups of vegetable stock if vegetarian – chicken broth if not .  PLEASE READ BOTTOM NOTE ABOUT RICE WATER RATIO* About 9-10 ounces of brown rice – I use California brown as it cooks fast
  • 27 ounce tin of chopped tomatoes, liquid and all Flesh of squash  – I used a smaller butternut squash and a medium sized zucchini – one of my friends substituted pumpkin and it was very good.  I peel the squash, deseed it and cut into one inch cubes Salt and pepper

 Instructions:

  • In the Instant pot I put the sauté function on medium and I heat the oil.  I sauté the onions, celery, carrots and  red pepper for about 5 minutes.
  • I now add the garlic, thyme, salt and pepper and heat for another minute.  Then add the mushrooms and stir for 1 minute.  Add the rice, mix it all together.  Transfer all into a crock, corningware or metal bowl – any bowl that will fit the pressure cooker with a lid or that can be covered with aluminum foil.  *Add the tomatoes and the 2-3 cups of stock for a sticky rice.  If you prefer your rice NOT to be sticky use one cup rice to 1 ¼ cups of liquid.  Take into account liquid in the can of tomatoes. Now stir in the squashes.
  • Put about an inch and a half of water into the pressure cooker. Place the bowl with all the ingredients mixed on a flat trivet into the pot. Cover the pot with a lid or tightly with aluminum foil.   Place pressure cooker lid on securely  and pressure cook on rice setting.  If you are really saavy you can leave the ingredients directly in the pressure cooker pot but you may risk burning on the bottom if the water ratio is incorrect.  I have done this…..thank God for the InstantPot Stainless steel pot…so easy to clean up if that happens.
  • It is done, colourful and delicious.

 

 

What are the Effects of Cooking Rice in a Pressure Cooker

By , September 1, 2012

It’s well known that cooking rice in a pressure cooker reduces cooking time by half.  What about the cooking result? Users told us that rice cooked in Instant Pot is softer, stickier and tasted better.  We want to find out what scientists say about this.  It turns out that there are quite a few scientific research projects on this subject.  The effects of pressure cooking rice, grains and legumes can be summarized on 3 aspects.

1. Texture Change

Cooking under pressure or at higher temperature starch in rice gelatinizes to the maximum degree. This is why pressure cooked rice has a softer and stickier grain texture in comparison to boiled and steamed rice at normal pressure. Under electronic microscope, a grain of rice appears to have more pores when cooked under pressure. Please see the images between magnified 500 and 5000 times. These pores make the rice looks a bit off-white (greyish). Furthermore, tough fibers in brown rice and bran are significantly softer which give the food a better tasting texture.

Rice grain cooked under pressure. Magnified 500 times

Rice grain cooked under pressure. Magnified 500 times

Rice grain cooked at normal pressure. Magnified 500 times

Rice grain cooked at normal pressure. Magnified 500 times

Rice grain cooked under pressure. Magnified 5000 times

Rice grain cooked under pressure. Magnified 5000 times

Rice grain cooked at normal temperature. Magnified 5000 times

Rice grain cooked at normal temperature. Magnified 5000 times

2. Improving Digestibility and Increasing Nutritional Value

Starch gelatinization, a change of structure into a form that resembles gelatin, improves digestibility. Pressure cooking rice, grains and beans produces positive nutritional gain, from the increased digestibility of the macronutrients (protein, fiber and starch) and the increased bioavailability of the essential minerals.

Aflatoxin-producing members of Aspergillus are common and widespread in nature.

Aflatoxin-producing members of Aspergillus are common and widespread in nature.

3. Eliminating Harmful Fungi and Bacteria

Rice, if not stored properly, may carry fungal poisons called aflatoxins, a potent trigger of liver cancer. A survey found that 6% of uncooked rice collected from markets in Seoul contained aflatoxins.  Conventional boiling and steaming rice at under 100°C (212°F) is not sufficient to kill all aflatoxins. Study had shown that pressure cooking at higher than 100°C (212°F) was capable of reducing aflatoxin concentrations to safe levels.

 

Use your pressure cooker for rice cooking.  This will make your rice taste better, more digestible and nutritious, and most importantly carcinogenic aflatoxin free.

 

References

  • Kataria A, Chauhan BM.: “Contents and digestibility of carbohydrates of mung beans (Vigna radiata L.) as affected by domestic processing and cooking”. Plant Foods Human Nutrition . 1988;38(1):51-9.
  • Leelayuthsoontorn P, Thipayarat A.  “Textural and morphological changes of Jasmine rice under various elevated cooking conditions”.  Food Chemistry, 2006, 96(4): 606-613
  • Rashmi S, Urooj A. “Effect of processing on nutritionally important starch fractions in rice varieties”.  International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition. Jan. 2003, 54(1):27-36.
  • Sagum, R., Jayashree Arcot. “Effect of domestic processing methods on the starch, non-starch polysaccharides and in vitro starch and protein digestibility of three varieties of rice with varying levels of amylose.” Food Chemistry 2000 Vol. 70 No. 1 pp. 107-111
  • Eating Well: ”What is the Effect of Pressure Cooking on Nutrition?”
  • Science News: “Putting the Pressure on Poisons”

 

Instant Pot Spanish Style Brown Rice

By , August 24, 2012

Another Recipe to share with Instn Pot uses (not for te recipe contest)

By Natural Chef Dana Miller

I love to make this rice when we make tacos or enchiladas for dinner. It was inspired from one of our local Mexican Restaurants’ recipe they shared for their rice. Plus it is a great way to get your kids to eat brown rice!

Ingredients: Serves: 6 – 8

  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, small diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 cups of long grain brown rice
  • 3 cups organic chicken stock (preferably homemade)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Directions

1.    Heat the inner liner of the Instant Pot on “Sauté” setting. Melt coconut oil. Add onion; sauté about 5 minutes until translucent.

2.     Add garlic, oregano and tomato paste; stir and let sauté for about 1 to 2 minutes.

3.     Add brown rice; stir to combine and let cook for another minute or so. It begins to caramelize a little bit and deepens the flavors.

4.    Add the chicken stock and sea salt. Give it a good stir to incorporate all the flavors..

5.     Place the lid on the pressure cooker and lock into place. Press the Manual button; adjust time so that the pressure time is at 15 minutes. When done and pressure has naturally released, remove lid.

6.     Serve.

Multigrain Rice

By , October 29, 2009

Whole grains are high in fiber. low in fat, and rich in nutrients. Consumption of whole grains has  been consistently linked with a significant decrease in risk factors for heart disease and type II diabetes.whole-grain-rice-recipe

Whole grains are more forgiving than white rice when over cooked. Multiple grains can be mixed together to create large variety of wholegrain meal. They remain pleasantly full of texture after cooking.

Prepare Time:  2 minutes

Cooking Time: about 70 minutes

Ingredients: 6~8 servings

  • 3 cups  brown rice, wild rice or other whole grains, rinsed
  • 2 tablespoon of oil (olive oil preferred)
  • 3.75 ~ 4.5 cups of water.  Less water makes the cooked rice fluffy and more water makes the rice stickier.
  • 1 ½  teaspoon salt (optional)

 

Cooking:

  • Combine the grains, water, oil and salt (if used) in the inner pot.
  • Press the Multigrain key.
  • After the cooking is completed, let it steam in the residual heat for 5 more minutes.
  • Open the lid, stir to fluff up the grains before serving.