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How to cook Wholegrain Basmati Rice

Just like Tilda Pure Basmati Rice, our Wholegrain Brown Basmati Rice is known for its wonderfully nutty flavour and distinctive texture.

Bring out the distinctive, nutty flavour of Tilda Wholegrain Brown Basmati Rice with these simple and easy to follow instructions.

Characteristics:

  • Fluffy, separate, fragrant free-flowing grains.
  • Distinctive texture.
  • With the bran layer being intact (unlike White Basmati), Wholegrain Basmati has a unique, wonderfully nutty aroma and wholesome flavour. 
  • Typical light brown colour.
  • Rich in nutrients and packed with natural fibre.
  • High in B vitamins and minerals.
  • Higher fibre content than White Basmati. 
  • Low to medium GI – keeping you fuller for longer.
  • You often see curling of the grain during cooking, but don’t worry, this is nothing to worry about, it will still taste delicious. 
  • Gluten free.

Cooking instructions for covered pan (or absorption) method: 

  1. For 2 servings use 120g of Tilda Wholegrain Brown Basmati Rice or 1 cup. 
  2. Wash the rice under cold water using a sieve or colander, or rinse in a saucepan until the water runs clear. This vital step prior to cooking removes any excess starch, giving you more separate, fluffy grains, while bringing out the Wholegrain Basmati’s wonderfully nutty flavour.
  3. Add the washed rice to a pan of water using a 2.5 to 1 water to rice ratio. The correct ratio is important to make sure the grains cook perfectly – not too dry or slightly soggy.
  4. Stir, cover and cook the rice for 25 minutes over a low heat.
  5. Remove from the heat, keep covered and leave to stand for 3 minutes. 
  6. Fluff it up with a fork and serve.

Cooking instructions for open pan method: 

  1. For 2 servings use 120g of Tilda Wholegrain Brown Basmati Rice or 1 cup. 
  2. Wash the rice under cold water using a sieve or colander, or rinse in a pan until the water runs clear. This vital step prior to cooking removes any excess starch, giving you more separate, fluffy grains, while bringing out the Wholegrain Basmati’s wonderfully nutty flavour.
  3. Add a minimum of 500ml of water with the washed rice to a saucepan and bring to the boil.
  4. Stir and cook for 25 minutes over a medium heat, uncovered. 
  5. Drain, cover and leave to stand for 3 minutes. 
  6. Fluff it up with a fork and serve. 

Top tips:

  • Tilda Wholegrain Brown Basmati Rice is high in fibre, keeping you fuller for longer.
  • Gives dishes a delicious wholesome, nutty flavour, making it the perfect companion to soups, salads, casseroles and pilaffs.
  • If you want to turn up the heat, try adding some smoked paprika. It’s the perfect spice to complement Brown Basmati. In Spain, farmers harvest and dry the chillies over wood fires to give it its rich, irresistible smoky flavour. Smoked paprika is wonderfully versatile and traditionally used in paella and highly flavoured dishes where you need to create a balance of flavour and heat.
  • Enhance the basmati after cooking by adding a knob of butter and a sprinkling of sea salt.

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