I found this heirloom black rice at Amaranth in the bulk bin section with a big “New Item” label and wanted to experiment with it; I’m glad I did. I loved it instantly and look forward to trying various other dished with this rice. Forbidden rice also know as Chinese black rice turns from black to a deep purple when cooked and has a nutty flavor and chewy texture. When mixed with a few colorful vegetables it makes an impressive side dish.
This black rice contains amino acids common to other types of brown rice, is high in fiber and contains special phytonutrients that are also found in other colored dark fruits like acai and blackberries and blueberries to name a few. We know these antioxidants to decrease the risk of heart disease and cancer. Black rice also contains iron, zinc and magnesium.
The name forbidden caught my attention but the rice was given this name because it was saved for the Chinese emperors and was forbidden from the rest of the population in China. Well I guess the word got out because it’s available at Amaranth and I have seen it around at some other places so go get some and make this dish!
Forbidden Rice Salad with Orange Ginger Vinegrette
- 2 1/2 cups black rice – forbidden rice
- 1 red bell pepper
- 4 scallions, sliced
- 1 sweet potato, cut into small cubes, steamed until fork tender
- 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup cilantro, chopped roughly
- Cook the black rice similar to brown rice. I use slightly less water because I like it to have a little bite. Set it aside to cool. Alternatively I make mine the night before and refrigerate it to make this salad the next day.While you are cooking the rice, cook the sweet potatoes.
- To assemble the salad add rice, chopped peppers, sweet potato, scallions and cilantro and add half or a little more of the orange ginger vinaigrette.
Orange Ginger Vinaigrette
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 lime, juice and zest
- 2 tbsp ginger, grated
- 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 1/4 cup ume plum vinegar or brown rice vinegar
- 1/3 cup cold pressed olive oil
- sea salt (only if you are using brown rice vinegar as ume plum vinegar is salty)
- Blend everything together in a Vita Mix.