I have recently been introduced to Black Rice. I had never seen it before, but knew it’s quite popular in Asia. The black rice has a texture similar to brown rice, but with a more prominent nutty flavor. The dark color of the rice is due to the un-milled rice grain, which leaves a dark husk. It is this outer layer of bran that sets black rice apart from other types of unpolished rice. This dark husk contains a special phytonutrients, called anthocyanins which is responsible for the reds, blues, purples, and magenta colours found in blueberries, grapes etc.In ancient China, Black Rice was known as “Emperor’s Rice”, and it was reserved exclusively for Chinese Royalty. Since black rice was quite rare, and for this reason it is known as “forbidden rice” also.
While brown rice is known for its health benefits, the visually stunning black rice contains high levels of vitamin E, fibre and antioxidants.Black rice has a slightly sweet and nutty flavor that is so delicious with heat and spice.This rice has a very unique presence as it cooks up to a deep purple color. This rice goes great with just about any meal or as a nice healthy side.
Last week Sujata my co blogger from our Foodie Monday BlogHop Team asked me to do a guest post for her blog Batter Up With Sujata . Sujata is a homemaker, a doting mother to two beautiful grown up children, a passionate home chef, and last but not the least a foodie.I was a little worried what to do for her blog, as her blog has a wonderful collection of healthy recipes.Check out her blog for more such healthy recipe shares. Experimenting in the kitchen is what she loves and enjoys doing the most.Specially experimenting with vegetarian dishes and healthy egg-free bakes is what interests her the most.
I decided to try making something healthy and worthy of her Blog . A Stir fry is one of my favorite kind of recipes which is a kind of comforting meal . So for this stir fry, i have used black rice, carrots, brocoli, peas both green and black eyed along with pear and pomegranate. I was pleasantly surprised with it’s amazing taste and flavor. You can find different textures like the softness from carrots and chewy from black rice. The Pear and Pomegranate adds a kind of sweetness to the dish. This is a powerhouse of nutrients from all the vegetables and black rice and just perfect for her Blog.