Chinese Black Rice or Forbidden Rice

READY IN: 30mins
Recipe by Sweetiebarbara

Also known as Emperor's Rice. This rice has a nutty flavor and is somewhat chewy. Sweet, savory, and indigo in color.

Top Review by gilfaethwy

A wonderful foodstuff: as most supermarkets now carry Jasmine and Basmati rice, it is to be hoped Black (Forbidden) Rice, too, will become widely available. Apart from its striking color and taste, it should be noted that the rice is chock-full of antioxidants, and a good amount of high quality protein as well. I buy it online from Lotus Foods and they have a particularly nice recipe on their package. But this is a good, all purpose procedure. I like to saute the rice lightly in a little ghee, clarified butter, canola or peanut oil before adding the water.


  1. Place well rinsed rice in pot.
  2. Cover with water and bring to boil.
  3. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook 25 minutes.

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