Chinese Black Rice or Forbidden Rice

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 25 mins

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


  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.
Most Helpful

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.

gilfaethwy October 08, 2011

Way too much water. I would use 1 cup black rice and 1.5 cup water next time...

Hiromi Motojima September 03, 2015

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

COOKGIRl June 24, 2009