Welcome to Episode 4 of Cuisinicity Bite-Size – Forbidden Rice is out of This World! Bite-Size is my brand new weekly feature appearing every Friday, where I offer you a mini cooking class video from my Cuisinicity repertoire of recipes!
Cuisinicity Bite-Size will take you through the whole recipe, from beginning to end, in less than 2 minutes, with everything you need to know to make it happen!
Have you ever tried forbidden rice? If you haven’t, you are in for a delicious surprise! It has a nutty, rich umami flavor–I think it’s out of this world!
Today’s recipe in detail here: Seared Black Rice and Beans
What is “Forbidden Rice?”
Forbidden rice is simply black rice, but it got the name “forbidden” from its inception in China around 8000 BC. It was named “forbidden rice” because it was a rice only affordable to the wealthiest people, so it was “forbidden” food for the masses. Modern Farmer has a nice history of black rice in this article.
The Benefits of Forbidden/Black Rice
- The very pigmentation of black rice, called anthocyanin, is an antioxidant, has anti-inflammatory properties and is also associated with lower cancer rates.
- Black rice contains lutein, a carotenoid that promotes eye health.
- Black rice is gluten free and a good source of protein and fiber.
- It can help lower blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.
If you’d like to learn more about forbidden rice, Healthline has a comprehensive article on the benefits of black rice. Another black rice recipe you can enjoy is my vegan Caramelized Onion Walnut Burger.