Brown rice takes longer to cook than white rice, since water must penetrate the bran. You can reduce the cooking time greatly by soaking brown rice for several hours before cooking. Brown basmati rice is rice that has not been hulled. It is a considered a whole grain since it contains all of the edible parts of the rice â€“ specifically, the outer layer known as bran, and the germ and endosperm which make up the body of the grain. Brown rice retains more of the grainâ€™s fibre and nutrients compared to white rice, which has had the bran and germ removed. With its delicious flavour and texture, and high nutritional content, brown basmati rice is a great way to introduce healthy whole grains into your diet.