# 3041 Rice to the Challenge

Q. What bracha does one make on brown rice
A. On question 3025 regarding brocho on rice we wrote that eating cooked/roasted whole wheat or a barley kernel means the complete grain including the bran shell, as it comes out from the husk and at that stage the brocho would be Boreh P’ri H’adomah. The same would apply to rice in a similar presentation.
Vesos Habracha (p. 138 n. 8) writes that raw rice or roasted rice kernels the brocho is adomoh,
However, he adds quoting Horav Eliashiv zt’l, that cooked brown rice, is similar to white rice, since only a bit more of the shell has not been removed.
Halochos of Brochos (addendum 4, pg 518) explains that brown rice is processed in the same way as white rice except that white rice is rubbed more. Birur Halacha (18: 4) writes that what we commonly view today as whole grain brown rice is actually what the Mishna Berura calls regular (white) rice and the brocho is mezonos. He also quotes Horav Moshe Shternbuch Shlit’a who agrees that the Bracha is Mezonos.
Horav Shlomo Miller’s Shlit’a opinion is that it is better to recite a mezonos and a hoadama brocho on something else, when eating white or brown whole rice.
Rabbi A. Bartfeld as advised by Horav Shlomo Miller and Horav Aharon Miller Shlit’a

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