I just recently discovered black rice and I absolutely love its chewy yet “al dente” texture and its distinct rich nutty flavor! This ancient gluten free grain is also referred to as Forbidden rice because legend has it that it was once eaten exclusively by the Emperors of China and forbidden to all commoners. This rice provides the richest nutritional value of any bran rice, providing a higher level of protein, vitamins, minerals and fiber. It is very rich in antioxidants. It makes the water that you cook it in a beautiful deep purple and I just love that too!
I like the organic Forbidden Rice from Lotus Foods (click here for package and nutrition facts)
- 1 cup black rice (dry)
- 2½ cups water
- Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan
- Add the black rice and cook, uncovered, for 16 minutes (most of the water will have evaporated).
- Turn off the stove and cover for 5 minutes or until ready to serve.