Black Rice Payasam Recipe

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Manipuri Black Rice

One of my friends from Manipur presented me some Black Rice which she brought from home. She said it is very tasty and the black rice gives out a beautiful smell when cooked. She further explained that black rice has medicinal property. It is usually given to mothers after delivery in Manipur because of its medicinal properties.

The packet she gave me contained broken rice with black bran. I was curious to know more about this rice and searched the internet. It is given in many sites that black rice is a rare variety. It is also called “purple rice” or “forbidden rice”. I understood why it is called purple rice because as I was washing the rice I could see the water becoming purple. When I was cooking payasam, the milk turned purple as soon as put the rice in. I learnt from some of the articles that the purple color is due to the presence of anthocyanin an antioxidant. But I have no idea why it is called forbidden rice.

Another website reports that black rice is available in the supermarkets of US such as “Whole Foods” and "Barry Farm Foods" . it is slowly gaining more and more popularity in the households and restaurants of the country. The article also says that the purple and reddish pigments of black rice is linked to a decreased risk of heart disease, and cancer.

So I have decided to make payasam (payesh) out of this delicious variety of rice.

Black Rice Payasam

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Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 1 hour
Ready in: 1 hour 5 min
Yields: 8-10

Boiling the Milk to reduce it

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Wash cashew nuts and Raisins

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Wash the Black Rice and add Butter

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Mix Butter and Black Rice

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Put Black Rice into the boiling milk- Milk turns purple

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Keep Boiling the milk till the black rice is cooked

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Once the Black Rice is cooked, add sugar, cashew nuts and raisins

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Ingredients

  • 100 g Black Rice
  • 1.5 litres Milk, Simmer and reduce the quantity to a thick consistency
  • 3 small cups Sugar, Adjust the quantity according to your preference
  • 2 pieces cardamom
  • 2 pieces Dried bay leaves
  • Few in numbers Cashew nuts
  • Few in numbers Raisins
  1. Keep the milk for boiling adding bay leaves and cardamom. Simmer it slowly till it becomes thicker
  2. Wash the rice and drain. Wash the cashew nuts and raisins and drain
  3. Add little bit of butter or ghee to the rice and mix
  4. Add rice to the boiling milk and continue to boil till it gets cooked. Keep stirring in between.
  5. Once the rice is cooked add sugar and cashew nuts and raisins
  6. As an alternative, cashew nuts and raisins can be fried in butter and added

Useful tips

Even though the preparation time was very less, the time taken to concentrate the milk was long. The rice cooked in the milk is tastier than cooked in water.

It is good to refrigerate and eat when it is cold.

Try this recipe if you can find some black rice.

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thumbi7 17 months ago from India Author

Thank you Peggy. Even we don't get it very often in South India. It was gifted to me by a friend from Manipur, North east India. I just loved the smell of that rice.


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Peggy W 17 months ago from Houston, Texas

I love the nuttiness and health benefits of brown rice but I have yet to taste black rice. Will look for it in Whole Foods the next time we go there. Your recipe sounds almost pudding like with the milk and other additions. Thanks for telling us about this healthful type of rice.


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thumbi7 2 years ago from India Author

Hi Nellieanna

Thanks again


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

My mistake - the double post! I didn't see it at first and did it again. But it posted twice, but still with time to change the to be this reply to your acknowledgement! Thank you!


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thumbi7 2 years ago from India Author

Hi Nellieanna

Thanks for the visit and comment


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

Rice is such a valuable food, and more so, in its natural form, including the bran. Bright and dark colored veggies and fruits are the most nutritious, as well, so the black rice with purple undertones must be especially healthful and tasty. I'll be looking for and trying it! Thank you for telling about it and sharing the recipe for its preparation!


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thumbi7 3 years ago from India Author

Hi Jackie Lynnley

Thanks for stopping by


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Thanks for sharing this discovery, I will surely be finding out more and try to find it to try! ^


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thumbi7 3 years ago from India Author

Hi toomuchmint

Thanks for stopping by


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toomuchmint 3 years ago

I've seen black rice in stores, but never knew what to do with it. I never would've guessed the black bran was so nutrient-rich. Thanks for sharing!


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thumbi7 3 years ago from India Author

Hi anglnwu,

I am glad that you liked the hub. The black rice payasam was different in colour and smell than the usual payasam we make.Thanks for the visit.


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anglnwu 3 years ago

This looks like a variation of a dessert my mother used to make. I love the smell and texture of black rice (i write a hub on it too). Thanks for sharing and shared.


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thumbi7 3 years ago from India Author

Hi condominium,

I am glad that you liked the recipe. Thanks for the visit.


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thumbi7 3 years ago from India Author

Hi Thelma Alberts,

Nice to know the way you cook purple rice.. Thanks for the visit and comment


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Thelma Alberts 3 years ago from Germany

I love purple rice. We used to cook this in coconut milk, too with sweet potatoes and ripe bananas. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Voted up and shared;-)


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thumbi7 3 years ago from India Author

Hi Rosemay50

Hope you will get black rice in your country. Try the recipe; you will like it

Thanks for the visit


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I've never had black rice but your recipe sounds healthy and tasty. Now I have to go and see if we have some here in NZ

Something new to try

Voting UP


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thumbi7 3 years ago from India Author

Hi DDE,

Thanks for the visit and comment


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Awesome recipe looks a tasty meal


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thumbi7 3 years ago from India Author

Hi Ishwaryaa,

I am glad that you liked the hub. Thanks for the visit and comment


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ishwaryaa22 3 years ago from Chennai, India

An engaging recipe! I am fond of payasam and have tasted black rice before. It is indeed nutritious. I would like to try your black rice payasam recipe. Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up


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thumbi7 3 years ago from India Author

Hi suzettenaples,

I have also used black rice for the first time. It tasted good to me.

Glad that you liked the article

Thanks for the visit and comment


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thumbi7 3 years ago from India Author

Hi Radhikasree

I am glad that you liked the hub.

Thanks for the comment and vote


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radhikasree 3 years ago from Mumbai,India

Looks and sounds yummy! I've to try this when I get black rice.

Voted up, useful and interesting. Sharing too.


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suzettenaples 3 years ago from Taos, NM

I love all types of rice! This recipe looks and sounds very good. I have purple / black rice for the first time at a local restaurant and I thought it was very good. I'm glad to see it is healthy and good for medicinal purposes. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. I also like cold soups for summer.

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