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It’s not hard to see why rich brown gravy represents comfort food for people of many different backgrounds. This vegan gravy recipe gets its creamy, savory goodness from fresh mushrooms, dried spices, and—surprise!—cooked brown rice. It’s a Forks Over Knives fan favorite!

From The Forks Over Knives Plan


  • 2 cups cooked brown rice (see note)
  • 8 ounces button mushrooms, sliced (about 4 cups)
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • ½ teaspoon dried sage
  • ½ teaspoon dried marjoram
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 1 to 2 limes)
  • ⅛ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Sea salt


  1. In a saucepan, combine the rice, mushrooms, and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to medium and simmer until the mushrooms are tender, about 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly.
  3. Carefully transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. (Alternatively, leave the mixture in the pan and use an immersion blender to blend until smooth.)
  4. If necessary, return the mixture to the pan. Add the sage, marjoram, thyme, garlic, lime juice, pepper, and salt to taste.
  5. Cook over medium heat for 10 minutes to blend the flavors. Cover to keep the gravy warm, and serve with mashed potatoes, biscuits, or whatever dish calls for great gravy.

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Melinda4 weeks ago
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Sounds amazing!

Kevin3 months ago
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I have a question. I am trying to steer clear of brown rice because of the arsenic content. Could this be made with some other grain, such as quinoa, millet or farro?

OneSmartLady3 weeks ago
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Use Tapioca Starch (Flour) instead of regular wheat flour or corn starch!

Gina4 weeks ago
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maybe potatoes or potato flour?

vicki Blanchard3 months ago
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I’ve seen recipes just thicken with a few tbsp of flour. On Dr Fuhrman site one recipe had gravy base made with blended steamed cauliflower and chickpeas plus flavorings. So many choices not just rice.

Britt5 months ago
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This is delicious. I kick it up with some diced grilled poblano pepper mixed in. Feels decadent.

aram6 months ago
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we use this gravy at least twice a month and love it – relatives have no idea it’s vegan

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Note: How to Cook Brown Rice

Place the rinsed rice in a medium saucepan and add 2¼ times as much water as there is rice. Thus for 1 cup rice add 2¼ cups water.

Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan, and simmer for 45 minutes.

Remove the pan from the heat and let stand, covered, for 5 to 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork before serving or using in another recipe.

The cooked yield will be roughly three times the amount of dry rice. Thus 1 cup uncooked rice will yield about 3 cups cooked.

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Darshana Thacker

Darshana Thacker is chef and culinary project manager for Forks Over Knives. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute, she is the author of Forks Over Knives: Flavor! She created the recipes for Forks Over Knives Family and was a lead recipe contributor to the New York Times bestseller The Forks Over Knives Plan. Her recipes have been published in The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, Forks Over Knives—The Cookbook, Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health, and LA Yoga magazine online. Visit for more.

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