Saturday, March 14, 2009
Forbidden Black Rice
What is forbidden black rice? It's a short grain heirloom rice that is usually grown in Asia. Black rice is extremely nutritious- high in minerals, fiber and it contains many essential acids. There are some theories as to why it's called "forbidden" including that it was the rice of kings but it's also possible that the name is simply a marketing ploy. Well it worked on me. I love the name as much as the rice itself haha
I acquired my rice through school. We made a huge batch so I snagged some to bring home. Black rice is more expensive than your average rice (not expensive in general) but I think it pays for it's self nutritionally speaking. Normally the rice is mixed in with white rice when made and not eaten on it's own.
I made a breakfast porridge with my leftovers and it caused quite a stir while I ate it at my desk. About 4 people stopped to ask what I was eating. Well people, here it is! My version of black rice porridge. It's incredibly simple and the basic structure can be used to make any porridge.
Forbidden Black Rice Porridge
1/4 cup black rice
1 cup vanilla soy, amasake, or water- I used a mixture of soy and water
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 pinch sea salt
Add all ingredients to a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the liquid has reduced.
If you give it a try, let me know how you like it!