How Do I Cook Rice on a Raw Diet?

A raw diet is one that consists of natural foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and some grains. Food may not reach a temperature of more than 116 degrees Fahrenheit to qualify as raw according to website Raw Guru. While observers of a raw diet may eat rice, only certain types are viable and the rice must be prepared by sprouting.

Freshly cooked white rice. (Image: SherSor/iStock/Getty Images)

Rice cannot be eaten in its hard raw state. It must be hydrated, and in the case of the raw diet, sprouted. Both white rice and wild rice will not sprout. The best kind of rice is short- or medium-grain brown rice. You can use either the jar or cloth method.

How to Sprout Rice in a Jar

Step 1

Place the rice in a glass jar. Soak the rice in water with the mesh lid on for 12-18 hours.

Step 2

Drain the water from the jar and then rinse the rice.

Step 3

Place the jar at a 45 degree angle out of the sunlight to allow it to drain.

Step 4

Continue to rinse the rice and prop the jar at an angle. Rinse and drain 2 to 3 times during the day. Sprouting rice typically takes about 1 day.

How to Sprout Rice with the Cloth Method

Step 1

Soak the rice for 12 to 18 hours, then drain and rinse.

Step 2

Place a wet 100 percent cotton washcloth in the bottom of a flat bowl.

Step 3

Cover the washcloth with the rice, then place a second wet 100 percent cotton washcloth on top.

Step 4

Re-wet the cloths if necessary by adding a small amount of water on top.

Step 5

Allow the rice to sprout for at least 1 day.

Things You'll Need

  • Brown rice

  • Glass jar

  • Mesh screen lid

  • 2 cotton washcloths

  • Bowl, flat-bottomed


Canning jars are best for the glass jar method. Drainage screens can be purchased, or cut from plastic mesh. Thomas E. Billings, contributor to, recommends Wehani rice as the least-bitter option.


Use light-colored washcloths to prevent the dye from seeping into the rice. Keep in mind that sprouted brown rice is often bitter.

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