White v Brown Basmati rice: Do they take the same amount of time to cook? I have a bit of each; can I combine and cook together? Thanks! ;o)



vvvanessa April 15, 2011
i cook brown and white rice together all the time, but i do try to keep the size/shape the same (long grain with long grain). i use slightly more water than i would if i were cooking white rice alone, and i tend to keep the heat a little lower. it would be even easier in a rice cooker!
Greenstuff April 15, 2011
I combine all kinds of rice and have great success. I've even mixed a little small-grained white versions with much heartier varieties and been fine. One key, I believe, is to add a little oil at the beginning.

But maybe it's really thanks to the fuzzy logic in my rice cooker. Another key (I think) is that after the rice is finished cooking, I mix it well and then let it sit for a while, at least 10 minutes. One of the pleasures of the rice cooker is that I could let it sit for a whole lot longer.
Panfusine April 14, 2011
I've never been able to succeed in combining the two.. the ratio for white basmati is usually 1 cup rice to 2 cups water, with a tsp of olive oil to keep the grains separate (20 min in the microwave). Brown Basmati takes about 3 cups of water & a little more time
boulangere April 14, 2011
Sure, combine them. The colors and texture will be wonderful. Set a timer for 25 minutes. Check for doneness, then add a bit of time (and possibly liquid) in 5 minute increments. What are you making?
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