Ingredient spotlight: black rice

Black rice backstory….

Black rice just looks cool, ok? Also, apparently it was called ‘forbidden rice’ back in the day because it was so expensive and only the very wealthy could afford to eat it. So by all means, feel a bit bougie and special when you sit down to enjoy this rice!

Nutrition

While rice is not super high in protein when compared to legumes, black rice is highest in protein. It also provides iron along with fiber and antioxidants. Just like other types of rice, it is also gluten free. 

Uses

You can use this kind of rice just like you would use any other rice. The only difference is that non-white rice just looks so damn striking! I think it is honestly really great for making a special looking dish. 

It took me a long time to really appreciate how much the visual appeal was part of fantastic mea. Now that I have internalized that lesson fully, however, I am happy to embrace this fact. Black rice is such a simple way to elevate a dish from normal looking to something unique and a bit extra. It doesn’t feel like something I would eat every day, but it’s just as easy to make as regular rice! 

Recipes

I have used this rice with white fish, to make a strong visual contrast, along with a red bell pepper sauce. 

Sources

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_rice
  2. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/black-rice-benefits
  3. https://food.ndtv.com/food-drinks/7-incredible-benefits-of-the-forbidden-rice-the-black-rice-1688420
  4. https://www.thespruceeats.com/what-is-forbidden-rice-1664717
  5. https://modernfarmer.com/2015/10/what-is-black-rice/

General caveats that I feel compelled to add: 

I am *NOT* a nutritionist. I am just someone who is deeply interested in and profoundly committed to eating delicious food only. In seeking to reach this goal, I am often trying out random new ingredients that I come across. These ingredients are ones I may not know anything about, and so I am simply sharing my notes with you. I will be updating these as I go along and learn more. I will also link to more recipes that use these ingredients, so that you can try them yourself. If you have any allergies or intolerances, please consult with an actual doctor who can guarantee you accurate information.

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