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Sweet Rice Timbales

Reprinted from Feeding the Whole Family by Cynthia Lair (Sasquatch Books, 2008).

This elegant looking mounded rice looks like you spent hours when you didn’t.  Lovely served next to Nori-Wrapped Salmon or Szechwan Tempeh (coming soon!) and Napa Cabbage Slaw  - fantastic flavors that achieve nutritional balance! We have pressure cookers for sale in our e-store.  Click here.

1 ˝ cup brown rice
˝ cup sweet brown rice
˝ teaspoon sea salt
3 cups water
2 tablespoons mirin
2 teaspoons brown rice syrup
2 tablespoons brown rice vinegar
2 teaspoons toasted brown or black sesame seeds

Rinse and drain rices.  Place rice, salt and water in the pressure cooker.  Lock cooker.  Place on high heat and bring up to pressure.  When pressure gauge rises and is firm, you will hear a gentle, steady hissing sound.  Lower heat and time for 35-40 minutes.  Remove from heat and allow pressure to come down naturally or by drizzling cold water over the top.  Allow rice to cool slightly, until just warm.

No pressure cooker? Use a heavy pot, bring to a boil and simmer about 45-50 minutes.  Won't be quite as sticky but just as good.

While rice is cooking put mirin, syrup and vinegar and in small sauce pan and heat until flavors marry and mixture is warm.  Pour over warm rice and stir to combine.

Place sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat and stir constantly until they begin to pop and change color.  Set aside.

Oil a small ramekin or cup.  Pack rice into the cup until it is as dense as possible and the top is level.  Invert and place on a plate.  Garnish the top with toasted seeds.  Repeat with remaining rice.

Preparation time: 55 minutes
Makes 6-8 timbales


jan mikus
We use a rice cooker - but with 1:2 ratio of rice:water. Is this recipe's ratio due to cooking in the pressure cooker? Thanks!
April 15, 2010, 5:54 pm

Cynthia Lair
Yes. You can use less water in the pressure cooker.
April 15, 2010, 6:27 pm

Morgan Stukes
Hey Cynthia i'm getting interested in Brown rice syrup as a new sweetner. Could you give me a lowdown on if it is high or low gi, is it refined at all, and is it truly a natural sweetner?
April 16, 2010, 10:35 pm

Cynthia Nolting Greif
Could give specific directions for cooking this rice combination on the stove? I absolutely love following your videos!
October 13, 2010, 4:33 pm

Tilly Tilly
Grazi for mkaing it nice and EZ.
October 25, 2011, 5:13 pm

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