Sunday, 14 September 2014

Cooking For Joel: Brown Rice Milk

Since Joel is unable to take soy, cow's milk or even almond, that leaves him with very little choice where milk is concerned. He needs a drink before he sleeps. I dare not try oats as it is very frequently cross contaminated with wheat. So rice milk is the safest.

As this is my first time in making rice milk, I scoured the internet with the intensity of looking for a lost kin. There were many recipes and methods. I combined a few of them. So here's my own way of making Brown Rice Milk.

1. 1 cup of brown rice
2. 1 litre water
3. Brown sugar


1. Preheat oven to 180C.

2. Pour 1 cup of rice onto baking tray and bake for 20 minutes. (This makes the milk to be more fragrant).

3. Once it is done, allow to cool.

4. Wash the rice and soak it overnight in the fridge.

5. Pour the water away and give it a rinse.

6. I used my Philips soya maker for the next step. If you do not own one, you can blend the mixture with the water and then strain the liquid out. You can also blend the mixture, boil it and then strain it. Or you can boil the rice with water until everything becomes mashy and then strain the liquid out.

7. The soya maker pulverized the rice and boiled it for approximately 25 minutes.

8. Once it was done, the milk was sieved.

9. I added some brown sugar to the drink.

Honestly, it tastes very bland. But we will get used to it. It also thickens when it cools down. If it gets too thick, you can add water to it. I kept the remainder in the fridge in an airtight container.

Bon appétit!


  1. That sounds absolutely gross. I'm surprised with all the rice in your diet and rice being one of the most common allergens that he isn't allergic to it too.

    Sesame isn't on the list so I'm hoping he's not allergic to sesame seeds? Try sesame milk. It's incredibly high in nutrients and tastes awesome. After baking and/or boiling the rice, I doubt if there are any nutrients left. Take raw sesame seeds and soak them in a refrigerator overnight or longer in a jar filled with water (about half seeds half water). You'll know when they've been soaked enough when most have sunk to the bottom. Then put the sesame seeds and water in a blender and blend it up really well, strain it through cheese cloth. The more water you add the more watery it will be so don't add too much.

    Yeah, everything tastes better with sugar, but there isn't any reason to add something so toxic just for taste. Or use Grade B unprocessed maple syrup which has lots of nutrients.

    Or just drink water...I can't imagine drinking sugar before bed is good for him.

    1. Funny, I don't think I've met anyone with rice allergy though even though we are Asians who eat rice everyday. I'm not sure about sesame seeds as of now. Will only make the decision on what food to feed him once we see Dr. Yadav this Saturday.

    2. I read once rice allergies are common in Asian countries because it's constantly eaten. Of course, most people wouldn't know or connect it, they'd just feel minor symptoms like fatigue, headaches, etc., until they start getting worse symptoms.

      When I "discovered" sesame milk, I read an article that said you should drink it every morning on an empty stomach as it's so high in vitamins and minerals it could be taken in place of supplements. Since I don't take supplements and felt I needed some extra nutrients, this sounded like a good idea. Not everyday as I didn't want to create an allergy (I rotate my foods), but maybe once a week.

      BUT...with my autoimmune disease, I found out sesame seeds are a cross-reactor to gluten which affects the thyroid or which means my body might misinterpret sesame seeds as gluten. I don't know if this is particular to thyroid autoimmunity or also gluten allergy as I've never heard of gluten free diets saying not to eat sesame. I don't seem to have any reaction to sesame milk still, but just be aware. I doubt if your immunologist would know that. I love sesame milk. It's so good.

    3. Well, it's researching and experimenting time for us now. Will be asking the immunologist/allergist to what he can take as of now...

      Sesame seeds ARE yummy!

    4. Have you tried cooking with sesame oil? It's super delicious.

    5. Yes, I like sesame anything! Very nutritious.

      And just to let you know so I didn't scare you off about sesame above about it being a cross reactor - rice is also a cross-reactor to gluten. Just so you know.

    6. We should all just breathe air to be full.......... Hehehe... :P

    7. I wish!!! Just think, half our health problems would no longer exist if we could live off air. But then I supposed they'd be replaced by air-pollution-induced health problems! there is no winning I think! :)