There are several ways to cook brown rice. In our vegan class, we made the rice two ways -in the electric rice cooker and pressure cooker . But unexpectedly, we had an equipment glitch with both cookers during class. The electric rice cooker didn't get switched on properly (or somebody accidentally pulled the chord out) and the pressure cooker was leaking steam from the side. We had tested the brown rice before class so we had rice to serve but I hope we don't have this kind of double trouble again.
Akila uses the standard electric rice cooker to cook brown rice. We used my rice cooker that can be set to brown rice cooking. I like to use an electric pressure cooker or a donabe rice cooker to cook brown rice. The textures come out differently depending on what equipment you use. The electric rice cooker makes a soft fluffy brown rice. The pressure cooker method keeps the grains nutty and mochi-like in texture, and uses less water to cook. If you use a donabe rice cooker, the texture is somewhere in between the electric rice cooker and pressure cooker. The brown rice in this picture was cooked in the rice cooker, Akila's way. I think you will have to experiment on your own to see what you like the best. They are all good, especially with the azuki beans, which adds a tint of red to the rice and azuki flavor.
Soak the rice and azuki beans for 4-6 hours.
Recipe: Rice with Azuki Beans - Electric Rice Cooker method
Brown rice plus 3 tbls of azuki beans to make a total of 2 cups
4 cups water
1 knob of ginger, peeled and sliced into tiny slivers. This is the hidden ingredient which will disappear into the cooked rice.
Roasted sesame seed topping (Gomashio)
Coarse salt – Okinawa salt, Maldon from Britain, Fleur de sel
In a very small frying pan, toast coarse salt to reduce its moisture content. Add sesame seeds and toast them, too but be careful not to burn them.
Wash the brown rice really well and drain water completely before adding the measured water.
Soak in 4 cups of water for 4 hours.
Cook the rice with measured water and ginger in electric rice cooker.
Garnish rice with roasted sesame seed salt.
You can also make the rice in a pressure or donabe rice cooker. Follow manufacturer’s instructions for cooking brown rice. The amount of water will vary depending on the cooker you use.