"Forbidden" rice, or black rice, touts its name from way back when it was reserved only for the Chinese emperor. However, this glutinous rice should be anything but forbidden with its beautiful exterior and nutrient dense interior. Classified as a whole grain, black rice also contains potent antioxidants called anthocyanins that have been researched for their role in cancer and heart disease prevention. It is a good source of other antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin and minerals like iron, manganese, magnesium, and phosphorous. Additionally, this rice higher in protein than white or brown rice.
Since black rice is more glutinous than other varieties, it is a good choice when making sticky rice or desserts. It can take a bit longer to cook when compared to other rice varieties, up to 1 hour (less if soaked in water prior to cooking). *To speed up cooking time you can use an instant pot or pressure cooker.
While black rice is great as a savory side, one of my favorite things to do with it is make a pudding. This pudding can be eaten as a dessert OR breakfast - why not reap the benefits of this ancient grain first thing in the morning?
Check out my simple forbidden rice pudding recipe below.
Forbidden Rice Pudding
yield: 4 servings
1 cup black rice, rinsed and drained
1 14-oz can coconut milk
1 cup water
2 TBSP honey
1-inch slice fresh ginger
Place everything into an instant pot and pressure cook for 20 minutes. Once done, choose natural release option for 10 minutes.
*Pudding will thicken as it cools. Consume warm or cold as is or build a parfait with yogurt of choice and fresh berries.