The minute you hear the word ‘Rice’ your mind could conjure up an image of white grains. Am I right? Do you know that there is a variety of rice that is Black? Zizira offers ‘Black Sticky Rice’ in its product range. Yes, the grains look jet black, like burnt rice, but when you wash it with water you will find the water turning a rich purple! And the rice when it is cooked is delicious. In fact, it is sought after for its taste.
What is Black Rice?
The black sticky rice is short, slightly fat and an unpolished grain. When cooked, it tastes nuttier than any other rice. Asians use this rice mostly for sweet dishes. If it is overcooked, it disintegrates and so it is normally not polished or milled.
Did you know?
All rice cultivars can be traced back to over 10,000 years ago, to a single crop in China?
Black rice is considered very healthy. Because its yield is lower than other rice varieties, only the rich could afford it and so it was called ‘Emperor’s rice’ or ‘forbidden rice.
One more interesting lore:
Black rice was known long before Chinese dynastic times. During the Warring States Period (476 - 221 BCE), a different tale of its use was told. One General Sun Bin was caged, reasons unclear, and he survived because he ate black rice balls. In Hangzhou, where this General came from, they honor him by eating black rice on the first day of Chinese summer.
Traditional Recipe using Black Sticky Rice
- Cooking one cup of glutinous white rice for half an hour; and in another pot, cook one cup of black sticky rice, both for the same amount of time.
- While still hot, combine both the rice and add 1 cup of hot peeled cooked chestnuts, a teaspoon of salt, and a tablespoon of vegetable oil.
- Cover the pot and wait for twenty minutes before serving.
- This rice can be reheated and used many times in a day.
Do you know more about black rice, its medicinal uses or recipe using black sticky rice? We would be delighted to hear from you, share it in the comment section below.
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