Promoting Health Benefits of Brown Rice May Improve Acceptance in India

Brown rice, which contains all of its healthy bran and germ, has more than twice as much fiber, potassium, vitamin B6, and magnesium as refined white rice, as well as more of many other essential nutrients. However, white rice is still more common in many places around the world. Nutrition researchers surveyed 82 adults in Chennai, India to learn about their attitudes and preferences towards different types of rice, and also conducted taste tests. “Cooking quality and appearance of the grains” were the most important factors shoppers considered when choosing rice. While most strongly preferred white rice, 93% of participants were willing to substitute brown rice, if affordable, after the taste tests and learning about the health benefits. The researchers conclude that “education regarding health benefits may help this population switch to brown” rice.
Journal of the American College of Nutrition. 2013 Feb;32(1):50-7. (Sudha V et al.) 

JollofRiceBlackEyedPeasGreens_KT copy.jpg

Jollof Rice is a much-loved traditional dish in West Africa, and it is the underpinning of Senegal’s national dish thiebou dienn, a meal of red rice and fish. Its name is derived from Senegal’s Wolof Empire and it is one of many tomato-based rice dishes found in African heritage. ...

Apple-Sage Wild Rice Stuffing

Providing 3 grams of fiber in every ½ cup serving, this gluten-free dish is low in saturated fat and an elegant companion dish to roast turkey.


Bright, colorful and flavorful salad combines the salty crunch of pistachios with tangy citrus and chewy, nutty wild and brown rice.

wild rice lentil salad

This main-dish salad combines flavors and textures that can easily be adapted depending on the season. While this recipe calls for arugula and vine-ripened tomatoes, which are at their peak in the summer, it is equally delicious in the fall or winter substituting kale and pine nuts. The key...

Black Beans and Brown Rice

A staple pair throughout the African diaspora, beans-and-rice can be enjoyed separately or together to round out any meal. Time saving tip: prepare extra brown rice and store the leftovers in the refrigerator or freezer for another meal.

Brown Rice & Red Beans in Light Coconut Milk

A Caribbean staple, this Red Beans & Rice recipe includes coconut milk, which gives the dish a creamy, flavorful finish.

brown rice pudding

Is there anything more comforting than a warm, cinnamon-spiced bowl of rice pudding?  We don’t think so.  Here, we’ve boosted the nutritional value of this classic southern dessert by using brown rice. You can add raisins for bursts of fruity sweetness.

Hoppin John

Black-eyed peas are an easy dry bean, with no pre-soaking needed. For an even quicker dish, use drained and rinsed canned peas and quick cooking or leftover brown rice.


A classic southern gumbo usually starts with a roux, made by slowly browning flour and oil. This version uses a number of shortcuts to reduce the cooking time and make preparation a snap. Add chicken sausage if you wish, or make a vegetarian version by omitting the shrimp.


This protein-packed salad keeps in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. It’s good as a meal or as a side dish. Best if made a couple hours ahead so that flavors can blend. The lime juice keeps the avocado from turning brown. Buen Provecho!

South American Vegetable and Rice Soup

This hearty soup blends the best of Caribbean soup ingredients – black beans, tomato, and rice – all in one. The rich tomato base wraps the vegetables, beans, and rice in herb-filled flavor. 


Subscribe to Rice