Dr Kaye Gersch PhD
Brown Rice Crackers
Brown Rice Crackers
Everyone goes mad for these brown rice crackers, so I have spare copies on hand ready to give out to guests! As my guest, here is your copy.
1 1/2 cups brown rice flour, available from health food stores or specialist supermarkets.
1/3 cup dry brown rice - long grain might be the best choice - simmered gently in 1 cup water till all the water is absorbed. Do not let the rice dry out.
1 level teaspoon sea salt or to taste
1 T oil (coconut, olive, etc.) Coconut gives the best result
flavourings - see below
extra water – maybe
Method:1. Preheat oven to 180 C.
2. In bowl of food processor, mix flour, cooked rice, flavourings, salt, and oil until combined. It is easiest to work with this mixture if the rice is freshly cooked, ie still warm or even hot. Process thoroughly until the dough clumps together. Add water a little at a time until dough holds together and is not crumbly. You may not need any extra water at all.
3. Place on sheets of baking paper the size of your flat baking trays, and knead briefly to form a loose ball.
4. Press and roll dough straight onto baking paper as thinly as possible – this quantity makes two trays. You might need to sprinkle the dough with extra flour so that it does not stick to the rolling pin. Roll very thin.
5. Score into squares with a knife or pizza-cutter. Slide the paper onto baking tray.
Bake 25 minutes, or until bottoms are golden brown. Cool before storing in an airtight container.
Add 1 or more of the following:
1 tablespoons flax seeds
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
2 tablespoons chia seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon white sesame seeds
1 tablespoon black sesame seeds, etc.
My favourite combination is 1T each of black and white sesame seeds, 2 tablespoons chia seeds, 1/2 teaspoon each whole fennel and cumin seeds, and a little turmeric powder.
Serve with dips or as a snack by themselves.
Brown Rice Crackers - actual size.
Why I am so interested in good food...
I was surrounded by agriculture as a child, with my father's orchard, market-garden and black angus cattle. This grew into my own passion for growing food, and cooking.
My earlier professional life as Naturopath and Homoeopath included presenting cooking classes to demonstrate healthier ways of eating. (I wrote a cookbook in 1980, which I am in the process of re-publishing as an eBook.)
Healthy eating must be enjoyable, and the food must be delicious and make us feel good, otherwise we will not be bothered to do it. Eating is not just for necessary nutrition, but for aesthetic and sensual delight. My sense is that conscious eating is part of care of both body and soul, the physical and the spiritual. Some fundamentals are to eat locally, to eat foods that are in season, and to grow something yourself! Or know the person who grew it for you. This, for me, is ethical eating.
Ayurveda taught me that knowing our own dosa or type is important in selecting the right diet for the climate and season. Gradually we find the foods that support our body/soul in the best possible way. On this page I am publishing one of my favourite, delicious, easy, tried and true recipes each month, to inspire you.