forbidden rice

11 Feb

20589-chinese-black-riceThank goodness forbidden rice is no longer forbidden!

Forbidden rice also known as black rice (and the rice that Chinese Emperors ate to enhance their longevity), is a delicious option for those looking to add color, flavor and nutrients to their everyday meals.

Directions:

It’s easy too, since it cooks up like brown rice with the 1:2 ratio of rice to water. All you need to do is bring water to a boil, add the rice, then lower to a simmer. Cook for 40-50 minutes or until the water has been soaked up. That’s all!

As you watch the rice cook you will notice it’s dark purple hues, thanks to the antioxidant called anthocyanin, the same antioxidant that’s present in blueberries, cranberries, acai and eggplant. Black rice is also a great source of iron, zinc, fiber and contains 18 amino acids.

Eat it hot as a risotto, use it as the rice in chicken fried rice, or as a pudding stewed in coconut milk. Try it cold in a salad with butternut squash and herbs, or mango and peanuts, even bell peppers in a tamari – sesame oil dressing.

All of this to say, try out some black rice for yourself! You will be pleasantly surprised.

Photo courtesy of nyu.edu

6 Responses to “forbidden rice”

  1. sugaredpecan February 11, 2013 at 7:55 pm #

    I like the rice pudding idea! I bet this would make a good one! Thanks!

  2. Tammy February 12, 2013 at 4:38 am #

    My favorite lunch restaurant has forbidden rice on the menu!

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