Have you tried black rice yet? You may have seen it on restaurant menus, where it's sometimes called "forbidden rice" -- because once upon a time black rice was reserved for the emperor and his royal court. It's also making its way into home kitchens.
Forbidden? Not likely. It's delicious, it's nutritious, with a wonderful texture and nutty flavor profile. Black rice's dark color comes courtesy of plant pigments that are also powerful antioxidants -- anti-inflammatory anthocyanins (also found in blueberries) that may offer benefits against cancer and heart disease. With black rice, you'll also get iron, essential amino acids, vitamin E, folic acid, and more fiber and protein than brown rice.
What's more, black rice takes terrifically to simple preparations. Here are a couple easy recipes to try:
"Black rice is one of the handful of superfoods," says Love2cook32. "This rice is so flavorful and has a very unique presentation as it cooks up to a deep purple color. It goes great with just about any meal as a nice healthy side. I love to make it with salmon and a side of fresh veggies."
"A spicy blend of forbidden black rice, bell peppers, and cashews," says docswife. Try it beside almost any baked fish or chicken recipe.
And for dessert? Black rice is also a great choice for dessert preparations. Try it in this pudding recipe:
"This is a traditional recipe my friend's mother brought with her from Thailand," says MINLEE. "For those who really like sweet food, you may also top the pudding off with a drizzle of coconut cream or a mild fruit such as bananas."