Thermomix Brown Rice in 40 minutes

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Thermomix brown rice is easy and so much healthier than white rice. The perfect nutty, fluffy rice is simple with this basic brown rice recipe.

Square crop Cooked brown rice in a white bowl wooden spoon and floral serviette

I love the earthy, nutty flavour of brown rice but when I had to cook it on the stove it just took too long so our family had a habit of eating mostly white rice!! Even with a rice cooker, I found the brown rice would stick to the bottom of the cooker, or the water would overflow.

Making brown rice in the Thermomix was initially fraught with the same disappointments. The Thermomix recipe would either produce undercooked rice or in the worst case an overflowing TM bowl.  I’m pleased to say this recipe produces perfect Thermomix brown rice every time!

This makes me super happy because brown rice is not only tastier, but it’s so much healthier. Just the fact that it includes more fibre and antioxidants than white rice makes the switch worthwhile.

Nutrition White Rice Vs Brown Rice

Brown Rice

  • Brown rice is a whole grain containing bran and germ. This means it provides more fibre, vitamins, and minerals.
  • 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of cooked brown rice = 1.8 grams fibre. Fibre takes longer for the body to process so it keeps you feeling full longer.
  • Brown rice contains 45% of the RDI of Magnesium.  Magnesium helps control blood sugar and reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes.
  • Brown rice has a low GI of 50 
  • Brown rice has been shown to lower blood sugar levels 
  • 100g cooked brown rice calories = 

White Rice

  • White rice is a refined grain that has had the bran and germ removed and the grain polished.  This removes a significant amount of fibre and the vitamins and minerals contained in the outer layer.
  • 100 grams (3.5 ounces) of white rice = 0.4 grams of fibre.
  • White rice contains only 24% of the RDI of Magnesium.
  • White Rice has a High GI of 89 and can cause insulin spikes.

Vitamin and Mineral Comparison 

Brown rice contains more Thiamine, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Iron and Zinc.

Raw brown rice in a glass jar on a white background

Additional Rice Health Note

Rice contains arsenic, which is a dangerous and toxic element. Arsenic is found in nearly all food and drinks due to environmental pollution. The levels of arsenic in rice and seafood tend to be higher than in other food items. 

The level of arsenic in rice also varies depending on the region the rice is grown in, the species of rice, and the farming practices.

Reducing Arsenic in Rice

  1. To reduce the arsenic content of rice it should be thoroughly washed in clean water.  This can reduce the arsenic content by more than 67%
  2. Choose basmati or jasmine rice, brown or white.
  3. Choose rice from the Himalayan region, including North India, North Pakistan and Nepal.

Eating a varied and diverse diet is the most important factor in good health. We need the nutrients provided by a wide range of food. Variety ensures that we not only get the nutrients we need but we don’t get an overload of one nutrient, antinutrient, or element.

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Other Thermomix Rice Recipes

If brown rice is not your preference try some of my other Thermomix rice recipes.

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Cooked brown rice in a white bowl wooden spoon and floral serviette

Thermomix Brown Rice

Julie Carlyle
Thermomix brown rice is easy & so much healthier to eat than white rice.  The perfect nutty, fluffy rice is simple with this basic brown rice recipe.  #Thermomix #brownrice
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 28 mins
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Australian
Servings 4 serves
Calories 228 kcal



  • 1200 g water tap water
  • 250 g Brown Rice
  • 1250 g water warm tap water


  • Add the 1200 litre water to the TM Bowl.
    1200 g water
  • Insert internal steam basket.
  • Add rice to the internal steam basket. Wash 15 sec/Speed 9.
    250 g Brown Rice
  • Remove the basket reserving rice. Discard washing water from TM bowl.
  • Add fresh 1250g water. Place the internal steam basket back in the TM bowl. Cook for 45min/Varoma/ Speed 4.
    1250 g water


Use the spatula to remove the basket. 


Calories: 228kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 4gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 28mgPotassium: 72mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gCalcium: 33mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Brown Rice, Side dish, Vegetarain
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24 thoughts on “Thermomix Brown Rice in 40 minutes”

  1. Tracy says:

    Brilliant recipe – I have used this on a number of occasions and it’s always great. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. Sarah-Jane says:

    Thank you for these instructions- I have an old TM31 and it worked perfectly

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Sarah Jane
      I am so pleased you the recipe worked for you, all my recipes are tested in all Thermomixes.
      Happy Cooking

  3. chrissie says:

    just adding this recipe to my TM6 – with the new “add your own recipes” option – you say the recipe takes 28 mins – but then the instructions say varoma for 45 mins – have not tried it yet but hopefully it is better than other Brown Rice recipes I have tried in the TM6 – I only ever use Basmati rice and was disappointed that the rice cook book only used white rice

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Chrissi
      I am pleased that you are enjoying my website. Please note that recipes you find on websites, magazines and cookbooks are protected by copyright law. This means as a user of the recipe you can’t upload them to the Cookidoo platform. In the Cookidoo terms and conditions that you agreed to when you started your Cookidoo 3.0 you agreed (even if you didn’t read it) that any recipe you add to Cookidoo is your own recipe that you developed yourself. You also have Cookidoo and Vorwek permission to reproduce any recipe you add to your Cookidoo in Cookbooks, on Cookidoo or however they would like to use it in the future. I know this is only a rice recipe but it is one of my most popular recipes because it does work and is good. Recipes like this bring traffic to my website that allows me to pay for the costs of keeping it running and developing new recipes for users. Unlike Thermomix and other recipe subscription sites I don’t charge anything to people who use my recipes. They are all free. So the only way I earn enough to support this website is by the traffic my popular recipes bring. (Traffic helps advertising revenue). My current advertising only just keeps the website afloat as it is…
      Please consider not uploading the recipe on Cookidoo and simply coming back to my site when you’re making rice. Maybe you will find some more delicious recipes that will become favourites in the future. Have you tried my Char Sui Pork. It’s very delicious 🥰
      I hope you support me and other recipe producer and don’t upload our recipes to Cookidoo.
      Kind regards

  4. Kristen says:

    New to Thermomix, do I put the mc in the lid when using this recipe?

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Kristen
      Yes, put the MC in the lid to make the rice.
      Happy cooking

  5. Grace says:

    5 stars
    Hi, if I need to make a smaller serving for 2, what would be the time needed for the cooking?

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Thanks so much, Grace
      The same water and cooking time would be required for the rice.

  6. Ally says:

    5 stars
    This worked really well and I liked the method. Made enough rice for 3-4 people. I just felt when it was finished the rice still had a tiny bit too much bite, so I put the lid back on and left it to sit for another 5 minutes and then it was perfect. I used half water from the kettle and half tap water, so perhaps if I started with boiling water it would have been done on time. I love that there’s no overcooked and wasted rice like what I get in my rice cooker. Thank you for the recipe!

  7. summer says:

    Thank you for this method. Can you give any tips on how to make the Brown Rice sticky? We like to make sushi with it 🙂

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Summer
      The key is to find short-grained brown rice. The long-grain brown will always separate.
      You will need to cook the brown rice for 40min, not 20 mins.
      I hope that helps.

  8. Jane says:

    Hi! Which exact setting do I choose to “wash” the rice at speed 9? (Clever idea!) I have the Thermomix 6, in case that makes a difference in setting options. Thanks!

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Jane
      All you need to do is have the water in the bowl. The rice in the internal steam basket. Then with the TM6 on manual mode (showing the three circles) tap the blade speed circle so that it becomes large. Turn the speed selection to speed 9. Allow the machine to run for the desired amount of time. (Watch the timer) Then press the silver selector button in to stop the blades. Washing the rice is done! Discard the dirty rice.

  9. Ruth says:

    5 stars
    Made this rice many times, always turned out perfectly.
    Have some left to freeze for another meal.
    Thank you so much for sharing it with us all.

  10. Katherine says:

    What is the wash mode to wash the rice at speed 9?

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      This is a manual recipe. The Speed 9 blasts the rice in the basket with water. This washes all the milky residue off. Then the water is discarded and clean water added for cooking.
      Happy cooking

  11. Sue says:

    5 stars
    I am very impressed with how the rice has turned out.

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Sue
      Thank you so much 🌸🌸

  12. Layla says:

    Isn’t the varoma the thing that goes on top of the thermomix? Why does the rice cooker setting not come with any instructions and why do you not use it to make rice?

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      The Varoma means steam in German. So the large basket which sits on top of the Varoma is a Steaming basket. There is also a temperature setting on the Thermomix called Varoma. This is the maximum temperature the TM will go to and is the steaming temperature.
      I hope that helps.
      The basket that you’re calling a rice basket is the internal basket and can be used to cook rice, vegetables or anything you don’t want the blades to hit.
      Happy Cooking

  13. Mel says:

    5 stars
    This is perfection! Could not be any any happier! Great recipe.

  14. Emma Corcoran says:

    5 stars
    Easy and delicious. I constantly stuff up rice and was glad to find this fool proof and a delightful side.

  15. Sarah C says:

    5 stars
    Thanks for the great instructions. With these settings, was able to make brown rice to a perfect consistency!

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