Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Black Rice Summer Salad w/ Toasted Sesame Seeds

Another Super Food!

We all know Quinoa and Mung Beans are super foods.
But have you ever heard of Black Rice?

I was hesitant to buy it the first time I saw this in my local Asian store.
But after talking to the owner of the store and enlightening me on the health benefits of Black rice, it intrigued me.
And I did some reading about it.
When I tasted it,
I was expecting not to like it, not only do I like it, but I really do love it.
It is fragrant, and has a nutty taste.

Black rice is Kosher, vegan, gluten free and 100% whole grain.
Unlike in ancient times, black rice is no longer forbidden,
not just for Emperors anymore.
We are all able to benefit from the nutrition it offers.

"Black Rice? I've never heard of it!" the usual reactions I get.
Black rice is also known as the forbidden rice or purple rice.
It is black in color but turns purple when cook.

Why is it a Super Food?
It is high in nutritional value.
From what I've read, Black rice contains anthocyanin antioxidants more than blueberries,
it has more fiber, and also have 18 amino acids, plus iron, copper zinc and other vitamins.
It has less sugar than blueberries, so it has more advantage.


1 cup black rice
1 1/2 cup water

1/3 cup green pepper, seeded and diced
1/3 cup red pepper, seeded and diced
1/3 cup yellow pepper, seeded and diced
1/3 cup tomatoes, diced
1/4 cup red onions, diced
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
1 tbsp rice vinegar
olive oil
juice or 1/2 a lime
salt and pepper to taste


·         On the stove, place 1 cup of rice in a saucepan.
·         Add 1 1/2 cups water.
·         Bring to a boil and stir.
·         Reduce heat and simmer, covered for 20-30 minutes.

Serves 6-8


  1. Black rice is something I've never seen before, but I'm very willing to give it a try!

    1. It is really worth a try.
      I was hesitant at first and now I love it.

  2. This looks gorgeous and really yummy! In Taiwan, we make sticky purple rice as a sweet dessert or stuffed inside intestine skin for sausages, so it's nice to try it in a salad!

    1. I would love to try the sweet dessert,
      is it the one made with coconut milk?
      Please do share the recipe. :)

  3. I have to admit, i've never seen black rice before, but now I'm intrigued... yum!

    1. I have made a switch from brown to black.
      But of course white rice still pairs a lot with other food.
      I'll try to experiment more with what recipes I can come up with with black rice.

  4. Looks great!!I've got to try it. Thanks


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