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    Chinese Black Rice or Forbidden Rice

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    Sweetiebarbara's Note:

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

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    Serves: 2-3


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

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    • on October 08, 2011


      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.

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    • on June 24, 2009


      Thank you for posting this recipe! I have a bag of black rice in the pantry but there are no directions on the package. Used your recipe to make: Wild Rice and Walnut Pilaf (for replacing wild rice). cg

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    • on December 03, 2008


      I have never made this type of rice before, so I didn't know what to expect. I cooked this in my electric rice cooker. When I opened the pot after it was done cooking, I was very surprised to see that the entire grain of rice was black. I was expecting the inside to be white. The rice didn't "fluff" up like other types of rice, so I thought it wasn't done cooking. I added more water and tried cooking it for another 20 minutes. Sadly, some of it burnt, but I was able to salvage most of it. The flavor is nice and it smells so good when it's cooking, reminds me of jasmine rice. We recently ate at a Korean restaurant where we had something called Bi Bim Bap, which was served with another type of black rice. I was trying to recreate this dish. I served the rice with a mixture of sliced beef, strips of fried egg, julienne carrots, cucumber, bean sprouts, broccoli slaw and tossed with sesame oil. DH really enjoyed this.

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    Nutritional Facts for Chinese Black Rice or Forbidden Rice

    Serving Size: 1 (224 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 2

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 358.0
    Calories from Fat 4
    Total Fat 0.5 g
    Saturated Fat 0.1 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 8.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 79.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.8 g
    Sugars 0.0 g
    Protein 6.5 g

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