Brown Rice – A staple of Macrobiotic cooking, offered here with hint of Thyme!


  • 250 gr. Short grain Brown rice
  • 500 ml cold water
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, cut into regular dice
  • 1 sprig of fresh thyme
  • 1 pinch of salt


  1. In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and the rice and cook over a moderate heat for a few minutes, until the onion softens, and the rice starts becoming translucent.
  2. Add ½ teaspoon of salt, the thyme and add the water. Cover the pot and bring to a rapid boil.
  3. Than wrap the pot lid with a tea-towel and cover the pot tightly.
  4. Lower the flame (using if necessary, a flame diffusor) and cook for 40 minutes without lifting the lid.
  5. Turn off the flame and let the rice rest a further 10 minutes without opening.
  6. When ready remove the thyme, fluff the rice and served topped with toasted sesame seeds. 


It is generally recommended to wash rice, 3-5 times before using – so that any dust or dirt is discarded. Typically, brown rice should be soaked from 2-8 hours before cooking.

This recipe is created by chef Jean Torné, who’ll soon be teaching our Wholefoods Essentials course. To find out more about this 6 week course with Jean, click here.

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