By Lucas Volger from “Bowl”. Delicate and chewy, black rice, also called “forbidden rice”, is a purple-hued, unpolished variety that touts many of the same health benefits as brown rice, but with a nubbier texture. And like brown rice, it benefits from soaking for a few hours, which makes its nutrients more accessible and also shortens its cooking time. Like all nuts and seeds, pepitas’ flavor fades as they sit, so it’s best to toast them just before serving, as instructed below. Marinated black beans, cool avocado, sweet mango, a good helping of herbs, tangy pickled onions and the soft, toasty flavor of pepitas (pumpkin seeds) combine in this tantalizing bowl recipe for a colorful presentation. Note: Soak time for the rice not included.