One of my favorite discoveries at Whole Foods is Chinese Black Forbidden Rice. It is a rich black color when raw and when cooked it becomes a beautiful purple color. The taste is chewy and has a nutty flavor. The reason for the name is because it was only exclusive to Chinese emperors and considered an aphrodisiac so its consumption was forbidden. I try to eat it several times a week, not only for its high antioxidants but also because it tastes delicious! So when Whole Foods ran out of it for 2 months, I was very frustrated. Last week, I was at the store and lo and behold, it was back on the shelf. There were three bags left, and you better believe it, I grabbed all three of them. I thought this week would be a perfect to share my favorite rice recipe and for those who eat fish (including my husband and daughter) I added salmon to the recipe.
What you will need:
- 6 Mushrooms of your choice thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1/2 onion, diced
- Black forbidden rice
- Salt and pepper
- 2 cups of coconut milk
What you will do:
- Add the rice and coconut milk to a saucepan and bring up to a gentle boil. Reduce heat and cover, simmering about 30 minutes.
- In a second small pan sauté the onion and mushrooms in the extra-virgin olive oil to a deep rich dark brown color. Add a pinch of sea salt and black pepper to taste. Shut off the heat and set aside.
- After nearly all of the liquid has cooked into the rice, about 25-30 minutes, add the mushrooms and onions to the rice. Cook about another 5 minutes, until the liquid is gone.
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Rub the fish with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
- Place salmon, skin side down in a non-stick pan. Bake until salmon is cooked through, about 12 to 15 minutes.
Why eating forbidden rice is good for you:
- A recent news release from the American Chemical Society states that less than a tablespoon of black rice bran yields higher levels of anthocyanin antioxidants than a similar amount of blueberries.
- A one-quarter cup serving of uncooked black rice yields 8 percent of the daily recommended intake for iron.
- There are 5 g of protein in one-quarter cup of Forbidden Rice.
Happy healthy eating!