Daily Recipe: Forbidden Rice with Peanut Cabbage Slaw

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blackriceEven the name of it is tantalizing.

Who doesn’t want to eat something that’s “forbidden”? Turns out that in ancient China, black rice was considered the finest grain and was only served to the emperor. Because of this, it was off-limits for the general public and was therefore labeled forbidden.

Thank goodness it’s no longer off-limits to us. It turns out that black rice is better for you than brown rice, a star of the health food world.

Black rice offers all the same health benefits of brown rice, but is also full of antioxidants.

It contains the same anthocyanin antioxidants that are found in blueberries or blackberries. A spoonful of the rice contains more antioxidants than a spoonful of blueberries, with less sugar and more fiber.

Black rice for the win!

This recipe features the black rice with a slaw made from local veggies that are swimming in a delicious peanut sauce. It’s a healthy and quick option for dinner, and will make enough to take some for lunch the next day. Happy eating!

Forbidden Rice with Peanut Cabbage Slaw

From: The Kitchn


  • 1 cup black rice
  • 3 cups cabbage
  • 4 carrots, grated
  • 4 radishes, sliced thinly
  • 3 Tbsp peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp freshly-squeezed lime juice
  • 2 tsp agave
  • 1 tsp cracked red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp sesame seeds, to top
  • 1/4 cup chopped peanuts

Start with the black rice. Wash the rice thoroughly, drain the water as much as possible. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil in a small pot. Add the rice. Bring the liquid back to a boil, then immediately decrease the heat to low.

Stir well to make sure the rice is submerged in water; that way the rice will cook even all the way through. Cover with a lid so the water doesn’t evaporate too fast. Cook for about 35-40 minutes. Add a pinch of salt half-way through the cooking process. Once the water evaporates, check that it’s done and set aside.

To make the dressing, combine all of the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and whisk vigorously to combine. In a large salad bowl, combine cabbage, carrot, and radishes. Toss with dressing.

Put over a bowl of black rice and top with sesame seeds and peanuts. Serve immediately or chill before serving.

Written by cscdavis

January 15, 2013 at 1:50 pm

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