Back to Basis: Black Rice

Back to Basis: Black Rice 2

I just recently discovered black rice and I absolutely love its chewy yet “al dente” texture and its distinct rich nutty flavor! This ancient gluten free grain is also referred to as Forbidden rice because legend has it that it was once eaten exclusively by the Emperors of China and forbidden to all commoners. This rice provides the richest nutritional value of any bran rice, providing a higher level of protein, vitamins, minerals and fiber. It is very rich in antioxidants. It makes the water that you cook it in a beautiful deep purple and I just love that too!

I like the organic Forbidden Rice from Lotus Foods (click here for package and nutrition facts).

Cook time: 16 mins

Total time: 16 mins

Serves: 2 cups


1 cup black rice (dry)

2½ cups water


1. Bring the water to a boil in a small saucepan.

2. Add the black rice and cook, uncovered, for 16 minutes (most of the water will have evaporated).

3. Turn off the stove and cover for 5 minutes or until ready to serve.

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Catherine is the founder of Cuisinicity- Love the Food That Loves You Back, a website where good food and good health come together in a way that is feasible for today’s busy families, as it has been for hers (Catherine and her husband, Nutrition expert Dr. David L. Katz, have 5 children!). Catherine’s recipes have been widely featured in national media, including ABC News, O Magazine, Eating Well, Prevention Magazine, Woman’s World, Fitness, Shape, and many others. She is the co-creator of the Nutrition Detectives™ food label literacy program, now in use by thousands of schools all over the world and has collaborated in the production of other health promotion programming, including the Unjunk Yourself® music video program.