Damien’s Brown Rice, Fig, Pomegranate Salad

Simple Fresh & Healthy. Naturally flavoured with herbs and a little pomegranate molasis. finished with fresh Chilli and bitter pomegranate seeds to give the dish an amazing balance in its flavour & texture profile. something this simple shouldn’t taste this good.

But the star of the show is the brown rice, its a good solid healthy ingredient, if you dont eat it a lot, here are 10 very good reasons from Linda Kennedy &  the guys at Vegkitchen why you might want to give it a try.

1. Rich in Selenium
It is rich in selenium which reduces the risk for developing common illnesses such as cancer, heart disease and arthritis.

2. High in Manganese
One cup of it provides 80% of our daily manganese requirements. Manganese helps the body synthesize fats. Manganese also benefits our nervous and reproductive systems.

3. Rich in Naturally-Occurring Oils
Naturally occurring oils are beneficial for the body as these healthful fats help normalize cholesterol levels.

4. Promotes Weight Loss
The fiber content of brown rice keeps bowel function at it’s peak since it makes digestion that much easier. It is the perfect addition to the daily diet for those seeking bowel regularity. In addition, it also makes the tummy feel full which translates to smaller meal portions.

5. Considered Whole Grain
Brown rice is considered a whole grain since it hasn’t lost its “wholeness” through the refinement process. Whole grains are proven to reduce the buildup of arterial plaque and reduce the risk of heart disease and high cholesterol.

6. Rich in Anti-Oxidants.
This is one of the best kept secrets regarding brown rice. We usually associate anti-oxidant rich foods with blueberries, strawberries and other fruits and vegetables. Its antioxidant capacity is right up there with these super stars.

7. High in Fiber.
It is high in fiber and on top of the list for foods that can help prevent colon cancer. This can be attributed to the high levels of fiber naturally contained in brown rice. These fibers attach to substances that cause cancer as well as to toxins in the body, thus eliminating them and keeping them from attaching to the colon wall.

8. A Slow-Release Sugar.
Brown rice helps stabilize blood sugar levels; therefore, it’s an excellent food choice for those suffering from diabetes. Studies show that those who consume one half cup eaten daily reduce their risks of developing diabetes by 60%. On the other hand, those who consume white rice regularly increase their chances of developing diabetes one hundred-fold.

9. Perfect Baby Food.
Brown rice cereal or even just by itself is the perfect baby’s first food due to the dense natural nutrition and fiber it contains. This is a much better choice than refined white rice cereal products as rapidly growing babies and toddlers require nutrient rich diets to help maintain rapid growth cycles.

10. Candida Yeast Infections.
It is the perfect adjunct for candida yeast infection treatmentsgiven that high glycemic and otherwise sugary/starchy foods are prohibited during most candida treatment protocols. Its natural digestibility coupled with the high fiber content can help sensitive digestive systems heal from an overgrowth of candida organisms. Finally, it is simply delicious and a fantastic staple for both vegetarian and vegan diets. It can be used as a white rice alternative in most vegetarian recipes and provides a full, rich and somewhat nutty flavor. Its flour can be used for vegetarian pancakes, breads and other baked goods. All in all, it is clearly the healthy choice

Brown and White Rice

good luck and Enjoy.

Photography By Frank Verbruggen

Damien's Brown Rice, Fig, Pomegranate Salad

Print Recipe
Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 30 minutes


  • 80g Raisins
  • 250g Brown jasmine rice
  • 100g Dried figs
  • 100g Whole almonds (toasted)
  • Small handfull fresh Corriander
  • Small handfull fresh mint
  • 2 Teaspoon Pomegranite Molasis
  • Pinch Cayenne Pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • Topping & Seasoning:
  • 1 Teaspoon Sumac
  • Seeds of 1 Pomegranite
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Sesame seeds
  • Green chillis



Place the raisins into a small bowl, cover them with Hot water to plump them up, then drain well and set aside.


Cook the rice in 500ml of simmering water and cook for 30 minutes (or follow the instructions on the packet) untill its starting to go soft, drain well and leave to cool.


Mix the rice into a large bowl, with the rest of the ingredients, including the raisins, season according to your personal taste.


Sprinkle with a olive oil, Sumac, and top with the fresh pomegranate seeds, sesame seeds and green chilli should you desire.

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