Germinated brown rice is unpolished brown japonica (short-grain) rice that has been germinated (or sprouted) and then dried before being packaged and sold. This germination process is said to make the rice tastier than ordinary brown rice as well as make it more nutritious (germination increases levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)). The rice has a softer texture than other brown rice, yet possesses the same benefits of any whole grain. In Japan germinated brown rice is called hatsuga genmai and marketed as a health food product. The basic ratio for cooking germinated brown rice is 1 part rice to 2 parts water (or broth for more flavor).
Makes 2 to 2 1/2 cups