Brown rice in a bowl with basil
Why You Should Soak Brown Rice
Brown rice, known for its nutritious bran layer, comes with a longer cooking time and a chewier texture. By soaking it in warm water, you allow it to absorb moisture.
This pre-absorption means the rice grains require less cooking time on the stove and will also enhance the texture of the final dish, yielding a more tender and enjoyable bite.
Soaking brown rice before cooking can also enhance its nutritional profile. It can help reduce phytic acid, which hinders bioavailability, and decrease arsenic levels.