A Forbidden Side Dish

Lately the husband has been obsessed with the ever so creepy looking black rice. Also known as “Forbidden Rice.”

I was skeptical the first time I made it. Since I’m useless with a rice cooker (I’m no longer on your “Domestic Goddess” Pedestal, am I?), I cooked it on the stove. It ended up being pretty tasty, hence the new found obsession.

Well, I happen to be in love with cauliflower rice, so I thought I might combine the two…

The trick with cooking the black rice, is washing it really well. I measure what I need, put it in a bowl, then cover in water. Rub the rice together in your hands over and over again. The water will turn a disgusting fantastic purple color.IMG_3006.JPGCarefully dump out the water and add some more. Wash, scrub, then dump until the water is as clear as you can get it. It took me about three times.

To cook the rice, the ratio is two to one. So one cup of rice, to two cups of water. (You could try it with chicken broth if you’d like, but I am still a bit gun-shy when it comes to making rice so I stick with water.)

Bring to a boil, cover and cook for 15 minutes. It smells sort of floral-y or sweet, you could say. Don’t worry though, it tastes nothing like flowers.

While your rice is cooking, prepare the cauliflower.

After they’re both done, season, serve and enjoy.IMG_3012.JPGYou’ve got your veggies in there and the starch, all you have to do now is add your protein. I put stew meat (that had been cooking in my crockpot all day), on top. It was delicious.

Also, after doing a quick search I found that the rice is a good source of iron, Vitamin E, AND it has more antioxidants than blueberries. BAM! Super tasty, and healthy!

So if you’ve ever been curious about Forbidden Rice, or if this is the first you’re hearing of it, give it a shot. It’s tastier than white or brown rice and a bit more fun!

Have you ever had black rice before? What about cauliflower rice?

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  • Reply Wandering Iris

    this is a rice that I have never even heard of! Thanks so much for the education. πŸ™‚

    November 17, 2014 at 11:44 am
  • Reply thegomamas

    I have made this rice , it is an excellent source of nutrients and is a nice alternative to white or brown rice, especially in wraps.

    November 17, 2014 at 8:56 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire

      It is! Wraps are an excellent idea! Thanks!!

      November 17, 2014 at 9:01 pm
  • Reply nancymamamaven

    I haven’t tried either — sounds delicious!

    November 17, 2014 at 9:04 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire

      It is-and the kids liked it too!

      November 17, 2014 at 9:04 pm
  • Reply threeboysandamom

    I LOVE cauliflower and so do the boys. And let’s discuss how pretty and elegant it looked!? Great job! I’ll have to try this sometime ☺

    November 17, 2014 at 10:49 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Haha! Thanks!! I love cauliflower too, but the kids will only eat cauliflower rice.

      November 17, 2014 at 10:54 pm
  • Reply Tricia

    You have inspired me to try out some forbidden rice. I really like it, but I usually make the plain white since it doesn’t take too long. I love adding veggies and a little cheese to my rice. I’m going to have to give this a try!

    November 18, 2014 at 8:04 am
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Great!! I hope you like it! I like cheese with my rice too.

      November 18, 2014 at 8:26 am
  • Reply twitchetts.blogspot.com

    I have never tried it! Might have to give it a try!

    November 18, 2014 at 10:00 am
  • Reply Jen The Halfway Homemaker

    I have tried forbidden rice, I wasn’t impressed enough to buy it again, it was expensive! Cauliflower rice – I have never tried it.

    November 18, 2014 at 7:13 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Expensive?! Really? If it was expensive here, i probably wouldn’t get it either. If you like cauliflower, you’d probably like the cauliflower rice.

      November 18, 2014 at 7:18 pm
  • Reply Mommy A to Z

    I’ve never heard of black rice. Sounds super healthy, though. My kids like rice…maybe this is a good way to get a little extra iron into their diets! Thanks for the idea πŸ™‚

    November 18, 2014 at 8:18 pm
    • Reply mamabyfire

      It is healthy-and tastes better than brown rice (i think, anyway.) No problem!

      November 18, 2014 at 8:28 pm
  • Reply andthreetogo

    I love forbidden rice!

    November 19, 2014 at 3:27 am
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Do you have it a lot in Thailand?

      November 19, 2014 at 9:48 am
      • Reply andthreetogo

        It is available here. But honestly I ate it more often in America. πŸ™‚ Funny how things work. Here it is often served as a sweet dessert. πŸ™‚

        November 19, 2014 at 6:11 pm
  • Reply workingmommagic

    I have never had either types of this rice. Sounds super interesting! (and yummy)

    November 19, 2014 at 9:23 am
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Theyre fun! And really good!

      November 19, 2014 at 10:36 am
  • Reply Alana

    Okay, I’ve never heard of this, but I have definitely heard of an inability to make rice (that’s Me!!!!). Double water to one part rice and fifteen minutes sounds fool proof…. Where did you buy it? I think I’m going to give it a tentative try (just for fear of ruining the rice) prepared as you have!

    November 19, 2014 at 9:25 am
    • Reply mamabyfire

      We get it in the bulk food section at WinCo. Ha, yeah, we’ve had our rice cooker for ten years and I’ve never made rice successfully with it. ☺️

      November 19, 2014 at 10:38 am
      • Reply Alana

        I’ll look in our bulk section. It’s for that reason I’ve just been buying quinoa at costco. Definitely going to try this forbidden rice πŸ™‚

        November 19, 2014 at 10:41 am
        • Reply mamabyfire

          I hope you and your family like it! We do!

          November 19, 2014 at 12:54 pm
  • Reply Naomi

    I’ve never heard of it! I’ll have to give it a try. I like the rice maker so I don’t have to worry about messes or over-cooking. Having the rice washed and adding an extra few spoonfuls of water usually keep the rice from sticking to the bottom for me.

    November 19, 2014 at 9:43 am
    • Reply mamabyfire

      Ah! I may have to give that a shot. Sort of my last ditch effort before i get rid of it. Thanks for the tip!

      November 19, 2014 at 10:39 am

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