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Black Rice: Benefits and Recipes

Updated on May 19, 2016
Black Rice Is Full Of Flavorful Benefits For Healthy Recipes!
Black Rice Is Full Of Flavorful Benefits For Healthy Recipes! | Source

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?

Make Black Rice A Part Of Your Healthy Diet
Make Black Rice A Part Of Your Healthy Diet | Source

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:



4.2 stars from 5 ratings of Black RIce Recipe

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: Serves 4

Black Rice Recipes are Food for Life!

Black Rice: Natural Super Food
Black Rice: Natural Super Food | Source

Ingredients

  • 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

  1. Heat olive oil in a medium sauces pan.
  2. Begin sauteing onion and celery.
  3. Add salt and pepper in amounts your prefer.
  4. Toss in brown rice to toast lightly.
  5. Add 2 1/4 cups boiling water, a large bay leaf, and 1/2 cup black rice.
  6. Bring to a boil again, then set heat to low.
  7. Simmer about 45 minutes, until water is absorbed.

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A Black Rice Pudding

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!


Black RIce Dessert!

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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.


黑 米 Are You Familiar with Black Rice?

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      DazeN808:

      Thank you! I hope you do get to try it soon. Maybe you will have a family recipe to share with us before long.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      LauraD093:

      I hope you enjoy the recipe and are able to use it as a springboard for adding black rice to future menus. Thanks for stopping in and letting me hear from you!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Hyphenbird:

      Yes, yum describes it! Thanks for adding your feedback here. :)

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      DLV 4 years ago from Henderson, NV

      This is interesting. I have seen black rice and my relatives eat this every time they are here from Laos. I have never tasted it myself. Though, the health benefits are a positive thing. I must look for this and try it myself.

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      Laura Tykarski 4 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Going to give this one a go-have always wanted to try black rice -thanks for the recipe.

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      Brenda Barnes 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Yum. We do like black rice here at home. It has a wonderful chewy texture and nutty flavor. I now am craving it and must make some very soon. Thanks for the inspiration.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      unknown spy:

      It is a treat and it's fun to surprise guests with it who've never seen black rice before. I hope you get to try it soon. Thanks for checking out the info in this hub!

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Alac:

      Thanks bunches for coming back by with your review! Using chicken broth in place of water is a great option. So glad you enjoyed this meal and that you have a new food to love!

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      I've seen black rice but never tasted it before... soudns really great. maybe one day i should try this.

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      Alac 4 years ago

      Fantastic! My wife and I just loved it - had it with fresh string beans and chicken. Used chicken broth in place of water to cook rice.. Thanks very much.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      FullOfLoveSites:

      Yes, it does have a deeper flavor, but it is not strong. I hope you get to try it soon. :) Thanks for stopping by and letting me hear from you this hub!

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      FullOfLoveSites 4 years ago from United States

      Haven't tried black rice, but I would definitely would like to try it! I guess it has a bit deeper flavor than white or brown rice or no difference in taste at all? Thanks for the information. Voted up and useful/interesting. :)

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Alac:

      Yes, you can, and after having some experience with this rice we like to have all black rice in a meal sometimes. Thanks for coming by!

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      Alac 4 years ago

      Can you use black rice instead of the brown in the recipe above?

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Coolmon2009:

      Hope you get to try it soon as it really is a treat. Appreciate that you stopped by with your comment!

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      Coolmon2009 5 years ago from Texas, USA

      I never used black rice in my cooking; I will have to try it. Thanks for the information in this article.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks so much, TheListLady, both for the kind compliments and the trading of links! :) Yours on black super foods is terrific.

      Appreciate your visit.

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      TheListLady 6 years ago from New York City

      Love this hub - well I love all your hubs. And please do link my black superfoods and yes, give me permission to link this to my hub. Yay!

      And rated up as always!

      Carolyn

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Hope you enjoy it as much as we have. I just bought a new stock and will be looking for new ways to use it. If you come up with any and post the in a hub, let me know so I can link them here.

      Appreciate your coming by and your input!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Clicking on the link showing the nutrition of black rice makes me want to try it for that value alone. But reading about the rich flavor as well...a double reason to add something new to our diets. Thanks! Adding it to our shopping list now. Voted up and useful.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Hope you enjoy it!

      Thanks for stopping in!

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      Brinafr3sh 6 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Hi RTalloni, I have to give black rice a try. I will start with your recipe. Thanks

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Yes, it really is. Hope you like it. Thanks for coming by.

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      Different and interesting. I will have to try this. Thanks for sharing.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks so much for stopping in and commenting. Would love to hear how you like it and then link any recipe hubs you may write to this one. Glad you enjoyed learning about black rice!

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      lelanew55 6 years ago

      Very interesting and informative hub. I haven't tried black rice yet myself so maybe I will try it using your recipe. thank you.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Hi, oliversmum. So glad you found this hub helpful. Thanks bunches for stopping by and responding as you have. If you come up with your own recipe to share write it up in a hub and let me know via a new comment here so I can link it to this one. I'm continuing to experiment with black rice and may post another recipe at some point.

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      oliversmum 6 years ago from australia

      RTalloni. Hi. I must admit that I have never heard of black rice until now.

      Your recipe sounds wonderful, easy to make and very healthy.

      Will be trying this recipe very soon.

      Thank you so much for sharing your recipe and all the benefits of black rice. voted up. :) :)

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Please let us know how you like it and what recipes you use. If you write a hub please leave a note here so I can link it to this hub.

      Appreciate that you stopped in!

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      Carrie L. Cronkite 6 years ago from Maine

      Great, I'll have to try it. I've seen it in the health food store. The next time I'm there, I'll pick some up!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      It was new to me too and I have enjoyed using it in recipes since learning about it. Hope you like it as well.

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

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      pinkdaisy 6 years ago from Canada

      I have never heard of black rice before. I will have to try it out!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Glad you found it so! Hope you let us know whether you like it. If you develop any recipes do a hub and let me know so I can link it to this one.

      Thanks much for stopping by!

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      Kay Creates 6 years ago from Ohio

      This is really interesting. I've never had black rice. Now my curiosity is piqued and I'll have to give it a try.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      You are welcome. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting. Let us know how you like it and/or of any recipes you use. If you write a hub on your use of black rice let me know and I'll link it to this one.

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      GreenThumbLady 6 years ago from The Beautiful Earth

      I've never had black rice and I must eat rice five times a week! I am going to have to look for this to try! How exciting..something new! Thanks for the information!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      It was new to me too, and the benefits meant that I absolutely had to try it. Now we absolutely love it. Thanks very much for stopping in and commenting.

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      harrison8bal 6 years ago from Shanghai

      wow its strange that i have rice all the time and ive never heard of black rice :O thanks for sharing anyway

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      That's sounds oh-so-nice! Like a must try...thank you!

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      Charlinex 6 years ago

      Some Chinese restaurants cook black rice with coconut milk and grounded taro, and serve it like a sweet hot soup, for desert. Black rice added a nice texture to the soup.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Do let us know how you like it...and what recipe you use it in!

      Thanks much for stopping by. :)

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      Charlinex 6 years ago

      Great info! Now I must remember to cook my black rice. :)

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      I hope you enjoy it and find ways to use it. If you do, let us know!

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

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      katrinasui 6 years ago

      I have never tried black rice but i will try it soon.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Hope you like it as much as we did. I'm thinking that I'll change my basic recipe to 3/4 cup black rice and 1/4 brown rice. Will try to post it when I try it.

      Thanks much for stopping in and commenting!

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I am always willing to try new foods. I'll try it or sure.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Tamarajo: Thanks again for adding to the discussion!

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      2besure: It is an interesting new food to me as well. I've enjoyed learning more about the differences in rices and their benefits...not to mention how to make my cooking more exciting. :)

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      Thanks for clarifying that RTalloni.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      I have heard of black beans, but I don't think I ever heard of black rice.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Tamarajo, No, "black" rice is not exactly what we call "wild" rice. Be careful when buying "wild" rice to make sure you get what you want. What passes for "wild" rice is black, but it is paddy grown. True "wild" rice is gray/green in color, not as tough, and it has a richer flavor than the so-called gourmet wild rice that is black (and not grown in the wild). Thanks much for stopping in and bringing up this question.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks Sam9999. Let us know if you like it.

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      Tamarajo 6 years ago

      is black rice the same as "wild rice"? if so it really is delicious and full of fiber.

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      Sam9999 6 years ago

      Maybe time to give black rice a try. Interesting hub.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Hope you enjoy it if you try it. This was really good food. :) Thanks much for stopping in and commenting!

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      sherrylou57 6 years ago from Riverside

      Thank you for sharing this hub! I have the brown rice. Never seen the black rice.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks very much. Hope you will let me know how you like it when you try it! Appreciate your stopping by and commenting.

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Like Pamela, I have never tried black rice. Actually, I didn't know there was such a thing. However the recipe sounds like it would be good and I think I'm going to have to give it a try. Rated up, useful and bookmarked.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      The flavor is rich and nutty, but unlike the dark flax, it smells good cooking and tastes great. Let me know how you like it, Pamela.

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      I have never tried black rice. However, the recipe sounds delicious and I'm willing to try it. Thanks.