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Basic Brown Rice (pressure cooker)

This basic rice cooking method follows the Macrobiotic tradition and employs a pressure cooker. For other traditional brown rice variations, see Basic Brown Rice and Basic Brown Rice II.

Prep time:

5 minutes hands on time

Soak time:

Overnight (8-12 hours)

Cook time:

Time to bring up pressure + 12 minutes at pressure




Step 1. Rinse

Place the rice into the bowl. Sort through the rice, removing any foreign debris. Add enough water to cover the grain by about 1 inch. Agitate the rice with your hand for about 30 seconds. Drain. Add more water and repeat until the water runs clear, usually twice.

Step 2. Soak

To the rinsed and drained rice, add the 4 cups of filtered water. Soak in a warm place overnight (8-12 hours).  

Step 3. Cook

Drain the rice and place it along with the 4 cups filtered water and optional salt and kombu into the pressure cooker.  Follow the grain cooking instructions in your pressure cooker manual. 

Seal the pressure cooker and bring the cooker to pressure over high heat. Lower the heat just to the point where the pressure regulator rocks gently. Cook for 10-12 minutes. Turn off heat and let pressure abate on its own.  

Always follow pressure cooker manufacturer’s instructions for safety.