Brown Rice for Sushi

Yes it is possible to make great sushi with Brown Basmati Rice. Why this type of rice? Recently, studies have claimed that rice has arsenic and it is prudent to limit our use of rice in general as a result. Brown Basmati is said to contain less.

Brown Rice for Sushi


  • 3 Cups Brown Basmati Rice * lowest in arsenic content
  • 4 1/2 Cups Water
  • 2 TSP Tamari
  • 1/2 Cup Rice Vinegar
  • Oil Spray - to coat measuring cup for honey
  • 1/4 Cup Honey
  • 1/ Tsp Sea Salt
    If you like your rice more intensely flavored-
  • Add an additional TBSP Rice Vinegar, 1 TSP Honey to the above mixture
  • For added minerals add a square of kombu to the rice and water


  • Inspect rice for bugs
  • Rinse once well and drain.
  • In a dry pot, place drained rice and add the water.
  • It is preferable to use a pot with a glass lid so you can observe the progress, and prevent the rice from scorching, without removing the lid.
  • Boil on a medium high flame. Then cook on a medium low flame till all the water is absorbed.
  • While rice is cooking, Prepare the flavoring for the rice.
  • In a 1/4 size measuring cup - spray the oil to coat. Then pour the honey to measure the right amount.
  • Add the Honey, Vinegar and Salt to a Pyrex type cup and microwave for 30 seconds to blend. Alternatively, add the ingredients to a small pot and warm, just till all the ingredients are blended uniformly.
  • BACK TO THE RICE. When all the water is absorbed and the rice is fully cooked turn the flame off. Keep the lid on, and inspect the rice by tipping the pot and checking if there is any water left. If there is a small amount of water left, let the heat cook the rice - just do not remove the pot lid.
  • Leave rice to cool for about 10 minutes.
  • Now add the tamari and with a WOODEN (or plastic) spoon, lift and gently blend the tamari into the rice.
  • Transfer the rice to a large glass bowl. In a circular fashion add the flavoring. Then, with the wooden spoon, again lift and blend gently. Do not mix and break and smash the grains of rice. This is a gentle blending.
  • Let your rice rest for a bit and absorb the flavors.
  • Place a sushi mat across the top till you are ready to roll your sushi
  • Your rice is now ready!