January 03, 2022

Simple Steamed Brown Rice

By Don Quattlebaum
Simple Steamed Brown Rice

Simple Steamed Brown Rice
Makes 3 cups

1 cup Charleston Gold Brown Rice
2 ¼ cups water
1 ½ teaspoons coarse kosher salt
1 fresh bay leaf

1.Place rice in a medium bowl. Rinse under cold running water until the water runs clear, about 30 seconds, agitating thegrains with your fingers. Cover with fresh cold water and let soak for 30 minutes. Drain.

2.In a medium pot with a tight-fitting lid, bring water and bay leaf to a boil. Immediately add drained rice and salt and stir once to combine. Return to a simmer, without stirring. Stir one more time, then cover with lid; reduce heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes. Do not open lid or stir while it cooks.

3.Turn off the heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Uncover and fluff gently with a fork. Cover once more and let stand for another 10 minutes before serving.

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