All About Black Rice (Forbidden Rice)

By Sally Cameron on March 06, 2014

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The legendary black rice once reserved for Chinese Emperors, “Forbidden” rice is fabled to enrich health and ensure longevity. No wonder. There’s lots of healthy nutrition in that beautiful color.

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Beautiful Black Forbidden Rice

With a wonderful, almost nutty flavor, Forbidden rice is a plump, medium grain rice. It can be served as any other rice. Because of its amazing color, it is visually stunning with salmon, shrimp, fish, and just about any dish. Add to that the health benefits and this is one rice you should have in your pantry. Its become a staple in mine.

That Purple-Black Color

The beautiful purple-black color in black rice comes from a family of powerful antioxidants called anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are the pigments that give many fruits and vegetables their purple, blue and red colors.

Find anthocyanins in foods such as blackberries, blueberries, acai berries, red cherries, beets, cranberries, the skin of eggplant, red and black grapes, pomegranates, red onions, and many others including black rice and black beans.

Black Rice Nutrition

According to this site, black rice is rich in iron, amino acids, fiber and antioxidants, nutrients that have the potential to reduce risks of cancer, diabetes, heart disease and may also have anti-inflammatory properties. Black rice is also a source of trace minerals such as magnesium, manganese, molybdenum and phosphorus. If you enjoy whole grains, black rice is great to add to your diet.

Where to Buy Forbidden Rice

Forbidden rice can be harder to find, but it is worth seeking out. Look for organic black rice in the bulk section of markets like Whole Foods and in packages from Lotus Foods on Amazon.

How to Cook Forbidden Rice – Basic Recipe

Black rice cooks as does most other rice, in two parts of water to 1 part rice. Add 1 cup of rice to  a 2 quart pan. Add 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil, turn heat to very low, cover and cook for 30 minutes. Move pan off the heat and allow to steam finish for a few minutes, then fluff with a fork and serve.

Ways to Serve Black Rice

Forbidden Black Rice


Ingredients A-Z: Black Rice (Forbidden Rice)

Black or Forbidden rice is a nutritious whole grain with incredible color. Look for it in bulk at markets like Whole Foods and online, from Lotus Foods. Cooks perfectly in 30 minutes. Dress it up with olive oil, sesame oil, salt, pepper, fresh herbs, whatever you have.


  • 1 cup organic black rice
  • 2 cups water


  • Place rice and water in a 2 quart saucepan. Bring to a boil. Cover tightly with a lid, turn to very low and cook slowly for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to steam finish  (lid on) for a few minutes, then fluff, season and serve.


Serving: 4g

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