Black Rice: Benefits and Recipes
The Question about Black Rice Recipes: Would We Enjoy its Benefits?
Information on the huge nutrition benefits of a new-to-me food called forbidden rice caused me to decide to give it a try. Although I was concerned it would be too strong (like dark flax seed), we were extremely pleased with both the aroma and the flavor of black rice.
The nutritive values could explain why a dictator made it illegal for anyone but himself to eat it, but he clearly did not understand that the benefits have their limitations. In allowing himself to be deceived about it's importance, he made sure he was the only one able to enjoy this rice.
Plainly put, though, things didn't work out like he expected. As delightful as black rice really is to serve to first-timers and as good for us as it is to eat, that emperor's impression of forbidden rice obviously did not preserve his life forever.
The Black Rice King did not Understand what We Know About its Benefits Today
That king's misconception of the significance of including black rice in our diets caused him to declare the death penalty for those who broke his law, but today we neither have to worry about his law or his misconceptions. We now know even more about the merits of this wonder food and we can be glad that its true benefits are readily available to us.
We’ve known for a long time that the darker the fruit or vegetable, the more nutrients it will generally have for our bodies so I could stop this hub by offering you choices based on that knowledge alone. The basic choices are white rice, brown rice, or black rice, right? Do you know which you would choose yet?
What are the Benefits of Black RIce?
After the recipe below are links showing you some of the advantages of eating black rice, but in reading up on how to cook it I made a discovery that I would never have guessed. Preferring to cook it in combination with white or brown rice, most Asians do not usually eat black rice alone.
When I considered the reasons for this being the case, I decided that the best first-try for us would be a mixture of brown and black rice. It was a good choice. With a few adaptations to some of the recipes I've read, here is my first effort with this delicious food:
Black Rice Recipes are Food for Life!
- 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 Onion, Small and Finely Chopped
- 2 Celery Stalks, Diced
- 1/2 Cup Brown RIce
- 1/2 Cup Black Rice
Easy Black and Brown Rice Recipe
- Heat olive oil in a medium sauces pan.
- Begin sauteing onion and celery.
- Add salt and pepper in amounts your prefer.
- Toss in brown rice to toast lightly.
- Add 2 1/4 cups boiling water, a large bay leaf, and 1/2 cup black rice.
- Bring to a boil again, then set heat to low.
- Simmer about 45 minutes, until water is absorbed.
Have you ever cooked with black (forbidden) rice?
Enjoying Black Rice
This side dish was served with highly seasoned salmon, but if the fish were not seasoned I would add a small amount of cumin and/or tarragon to this rice recipe. As well, when I make this with chicken next week, I’ll be adding dried rosemary to the dish, probably 1/2 teaspoon.
My husband liked this rice recipe so well that I believe it is one that will take me a good distance. I would, however, like to try some black rice soup recipes next fall. As well, I suspect that it's rich flavor would taste great in a poultry dressing recipe.
An added advantage of foods rich in nutrition is that we are better able to maintain a healthy body weight when we replace junk, fake, and empty food products with foods full of nutrients. Common sense explains this fact without a lot of words, so I'll just leave you to go out and give black rice a try. Enjoy!
A Black Rice Pudding
Black RIce Dessert!
More Information on Black Rice Benefits and Recipes
Learn more about why you should make black rice a regular part of your diet:
• Some facts and figures on this special rice for you to consider.
• Click here for info on the antioxidants in black rice.
• And here you can find black rice recipe products to suit your taste.
• Now, you can read a good summary on various rices here.
• You should know that black rice is a super food for our health!
• Also that it is a smart food!
• You might be surprised that it is an inflammation fighter!
• Black rice is just one of many popular rices.