Before beginning the GAPS diet, brown rice was one of our staple grain products. Since everyone but myself has transitioned to a traditional diet, rice is back on the menu – for them anyway!
Brown rice is simply the rice seed after going through a rice huller to remove the chaff. If the milling is continued to remove the bran which includes the husk and the germ, you are left with white rice. Although it will keep longer, white rice does not have the nutrient content of brown rice. That is why I always choose brown rice.
A nutritionally superior method of preparing brown rice known as GABA Rice or GBR (Germinated Brown Rice) may be used. This involves soaking washed brown rice for 20 hours in warm water (38 °C or 100 °F) prior to cooking it. This stimulates germination, which activates various enzymes in the rice. By this method, a result of research carried out for the United Nations International Year of Rice, it is possible to obtain a more complete amino acid profile.
We enjoy “Rice with Yogurt” whether it is served warm or cold. For the summertime, it makes a great salad dish! As an added bonus, the yogurt provides a great source of probiotics to the meal. Be sure to allow the rice to cool until warm after cooking, and then add the yogurt. Otherwise, the “good” bacteria will be killed by the high temperature.
- 2 c. brown rice
- 4 c. water
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 Tbsp fresh ginger, finely minced
- 2 c. yogurt (make your own!)
- 1½ tsp sea salt
- ½ green pepper, chopped
I buy all my real salt and spices from my affiliate partner, Starwest Botanicals, because of their superior quality. Their herbs & spices are organic, non-irradiated plus, I think they are more aromatic and full flavored than any others.
- Soak the brown rice in water to cover for 24 hours. Drain.
- Cook the rice in 4 c. salted water for 30 - 45 min.
- While still warm, add onion, ginger and yogurt.
Be sure to allow the rice to cool a bit before adding the yogurt. If you add the yogurt immediately after cooking, the probiotic bacteria will be killed in the high temperature.
- Cool and allow the rice and yogurt to marinate for a few hours.
- May be served warm or cold.