Black rice is an heirloom type of rice grown in Asia and very similar to brown rice in so many ways. However, preparing black rice can be challenging if you are not well familiar with the process. There are 3 common mistakes people make while cooking black rice. From rinsing to soaking, cooking and even storing, find out more in this post.
Black is the New Brown
I have already covered several posts about black rice or forbidden rice in this blog and it seems that I can never get enough of its goodness. The more I search for amazing facts about this variety, the more I learn that many people are still facing challenges cooking this grain.
Today, I decided to tackle the 3 common mistakes people make while cooking black rice. Just like the brown variety, black rice is also unmilled and unprocessed.
Because it did not go through a refined milling process, the grains are extra stiff compared to the white varieties. What I noticed are the common practices we make with white rice that we apply with black rice.
1. Water Ratio
Cooking black rice is super easy when you get to know about the basics. You can even be more creative with your recipes later on.
What you need to know first is the correct water ratio. Since black rice is thicker than white rice, you need at least 2 cups of water to a cup of black rice.
They are similar to brown rice in terms of water needs. If you’ve been to a Chinese restaurant, they serve very good black rice; all because of using the right amount of water.
Another mistake we often make when cooking black rice is in the preparation. Usually, we just wash the grains and toss it in the rice cooker or a pot and let it cook.
Little do we know that soaking black rice in water can actually reduce the cooking time.
Regular cooking takes about an hour while soaking it prior can minimize it to 20 to 30 minutes only. Imagine, that’s half than the usual time!
- Simply wash the grains like the usual and then soak it in water for 30 minutes minimum and overnight for maximum soaking
- Drain the water and measure the correct water ratio
- Cook for about 30 minutes
3. Storing Black Rice
Did you know that black rice can last up to a year? Well, if you store it properly, you can get enough black rice supply anytime you want.
Uncooked black rice that is well-sealed or in an airtight container and placed in the fridge can go for 6- 12 months. Frozen black rice can go for about 18 months.
Cooked black rice can stay inside the fridge for 7 days but the best quality is within 2 days.
Buying Black Rice
I strongly recommend that you only buy enough quantity of black rice for the day or depending on your uses. You can always purchase it in Asian grocery stores or online.
Another thing you should look for is the expiration date especially if you are buying it for longer use. Check for good quality brands.
Fun Facts About Black Rice
Apart from its culinary uses and health benefits, black rice has a good amount of trivia that I can’t help but share with all of you.
Its taste resembles that of brown rice, which is mild nutty flavor, close to toasted nuts. It also has a distinct fragrance.
Black rice is also great for different recipes such as porridge, bread, desserts, and noodles.
Black rice is called forbidden rice back in the day when only the Chinese emperors are able to eat this grain. Those who attempt to cook and eat black rice will face serious consequences.
Black Rice is NOT Black
If you take a closer look at black rice, you will see that it has a deep black color.
However, once cooked, it usually becomes deep purple. The dark purple hue is due to anthocyanin contents.
These anthocyanins are compounds that lower the chance of heart diseases and cancer.
These are antioxidants that may help prevent lifestyle diseases.
Possible Cure for Alzheimer’s Disease
As of today, scientists are still conducting researches and tests that may give a viable way to counter certain conditions including Alzheimer’s disease.
If proven, this could be the biggest medical breakthrough we have all been waiting for.
Due to its popular demand, the production of black rice has spread across the globe. Black rice is propagated in almost in all continents, except in Antarctica.
Now that’s great news especially to those who are searching for this grain for the first time.
No Side Effects
To set it straight, consuming black rice has no side effects in the body. In fact, according to studies, it is safe to eat black rice on a daily basis.
But just make sure that you cook it properly by keeping in mind the top 3 common mistakes. 😀
Incredible Benefits of Black Rice
Most people call black rice superfood because of its tremendous health benefits. I guess brown rice has a new competition now that black rice is gaining popularity.
Here are the top incredible benefits of black rice:
- Rich in antioxidants
- The best source of fiber
- Helps in losing weight
- Destroys cancer cells
- Good for the heart
- Reduces Cholesterol
- Lessens inflammation
- Supports healthy brain
- Treats asthma
Black rice is a new trend when it comes to keeping your body fit and healthy. Just like other unmilled and unprocessed rice varieties, black rice has immense health benefits too.
In this post, we have learned the 3 common mistakes people make while cooking black rice. I hope that you consider these tips and be able to cook black rice with ease.
Don’t be intimidated with its color, black rice has all the nutrition you need to keep up with your daily routine!