Rice and its Riches: Exploring the different types of Rice

Rice and its Riches: Exploring the different types of Rice

A staple found in all homes; rice is known for many variations across regions. At Conscious Food, this household staple comes in many colours and nutritious benefits. 

White basmati rice comes from the fertile plains of Punjab, nourished by the waters of the holy rivers. It belongs to type 1121 and its slender grains lend an air of grandeur to all dishes. While white rice is the most popular, red, brown, and black rice are rising to popularity as healthier substitutes. 

Let’s take a closer look at understanding how each rice is different and how they can be incorporated in our daily routines. 

  1. Brown rice: Unpolished and unrefined, brown rice retains the bran and germ layer in the kernel, thus preserving essential nutrients. These two layers increase the fibre, vitamin, and mineral content in the rice, making it a healthier substitute to white rice. It also has a lower glycemic index that controls insulin spikes and contributes to better diabetes control. 

Owing to a thicker coating, it takes longer to cook brown rice. The ratio for the water can be around 2–3 cups per 1 cup of rice. Further, soaking the brown rice for about an hour before cooking, reduces the cooking time to 35–40 minutes. 

 At Conscious Food, you can choose between small-grained brown rice and long-grained brown rice

  1. Red rice: The vibrant colour, given by its primary nutrient anthocyanin, makes this rice stand apart. It is another healthy alternative to white rice and can be used in many ways to enjoy its nutritious benefits. With a higher mineral content, red rice promotes bone health. Further, red rice is also high in soluble and insoluble fibres that aid digestion and promotes a healthy metabolism. 

Red rice also takes longer to cook than white rice and can be pre-soaked to reduce the cooking time. A ratio of 1 part rice to 2 parts water and pressure cooking the rice leads to a wholesome plate of flavourful rice to accompany your favourite meals. 

Conscious Food’s red rice is small, unpolished, and unhulled, and lovingly and sustainably sourced for your table.

  1. Black rice: The dish reserved especially for Chinese royalty in olden days, black rice is a unique dish known for its medicinal and flavourful blends. It is also known as Purple rice, Emperor’s rice, Forbidden rice, or more locally as Chak-hao. 

Black rice is rich in proteins, iron, and antioxidants. Furthermore, it is also gluten-free and a wholesome substitute for white rice. Owing to its higher nutrition content and thicker texture, it is also stickier when cooked. Thus, it makes a great component of sushi and sticky rice pudding. Its extra nutty flavour adds a delicious taste to every dish it is accompanied with. 

For its preparation, prewash black rice 2–3 times in cold water. Take a proportion of one cup rice and two and a half cups of water and boil it gently. 

At Conscious Food, the long grains of black rice are locally and sustainably sourced. They are unprocessed to ensure all nutrients are retained and can make way for nourishing meals. 



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