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Brown rice is the whole grain form of rice. It is nutritionally superior to white rice because it has not been stripped of its nutrients through polishing. It is available in short-, medium-, and long- grain varieties. Long-grain brown rice is best suited for summer while short-grain is best for winter. Brown rice is the most enriched with nutrients whole grain.
Brown rice and lentil makes a well-balanced meal when accompanied by a green vegetable or salad.
Cooking Instructions for Brown Rice and Lentil:
Soak 1.5 cups brown rice for 6 – 10 hours. Soak 0.5 cup lentil for 6 – 10 hours. Discard soaking water. Put brown rice and lentil together in a cooking pot, add 4 cups of water, two pinches of sea salt. When it starts boiling remove foam, lower the flame, and cover with the lid. Cook for 50 minutes. All water will be absorbed by the end of cooking.
Let it cool off, so you can hold it in your hands comfortably. Make patties of any shape or size you like. Roll in toaster black sesame seeds.
Serve with light refreshing vegetables. Bok Choy, Parsley, cucumbers, dill and red peppers are featured. Could be also enjoyed with sauerkraut or pickle
Medicinal properties of LENTILS
1. Lower Cholesterol – Lentils help to reduce blood cholesterol since it contains high levels of soluble fiber. Lowering your cholesterol levels reduces your risk of heart disease and stroke by keeping your arteries clean.
2. Heart Health – Several studies have shown that eating high fiber foods like lentils reduces your risk of heart disease. Lentils are also a great source of folate and magnesium, which are big contributors to heart health. Folate protects the artery walls and prevents heart disease. Magnesium improves blood flow, oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. Low levels of magnesium have been directly associated with heart disease, so eating lentils will keep your heart happy!
3. Digestive Health – Lentils are rich in dietary fiber, both the soluble and the insoluble type. Insoluble fiber encourages regular bowel movement and prevents constipation and helps prevent colon cancer.
4. Stabilized Blood Sugar – The soluble fiber in lentils helps stabilize blood sugar levels. This can be especially helpful for those with diabetes, insulin resistance or hypoglycemia.
5. Good Protein – Of all legumes and nuts, lentils contain the third-highest levels of protein. 26 percent of lentil’s calories are attributed to protein, which makes them a wonderful source of protein
6. Increases Energy – Lentils increase steady, slow-burning energy due its fiber and complex carbohydrates. Lentils are also a good source of iron, which transports oxygen throughout your body and is key to energy production and metabolism.
7. Weight Loss – Although lentils include all these beneficial nutrients like fiber, protein, minerals and vitamins, they are still low in calories and contain virtually no fat. Lentils are full of complex carbohydrates that can help you control your appetite.
Health Tip** – There isn’t a single food that has it all. The key is Variety and Balance