This has been a horrible week at work, stressful, bad weather… the only thing that has put a positive note on it, has been the lovely discovery I made during the weekend and that has made my home made lunches this week Mmmm so delicious.
I have been bored lately, and I devoted a couple of hours of my Saturday last week to wander around aimlessly through the posh supermarket of my town, (which is already posh enough as it is) in the search of the sexy named Forbidden Rice.
According to history, only the ancient Chinese emperors were allowed to eat this rare type of rice in the kingdom, and it was meant to provide them with longevity. There is a scientific reason behind this popular Chinese belief, and in fact this rice contains more antioxidants than blueberries and it’s much higher in protein that it’s white counterpart.
Not only that, this variety of rice, is what today is considered and ancient grain, which hasn’t been modified for efficient farming or mass production, retrieving its original benefits and characteristics. Moreover, it doesn’t have the same glycemic index as white rice, is even lower that brown rice, and has fewer calories than any of them too.
This is as healthy as rice can get, and on top of that, it’s rich nutty flavor and exotic colour, make it an absolute showstopper when trying to impress at your dinner parties.
It is cooked very much like brown rice, it’s wholegrain coverture makes it harder so it needs approximately 30 minutes of cooking. You can cook it only 20 if you leave it in hot water for a couple of hours or since the night before.
I have been cooking it with prawns and calamari rings, in a manner of black healthy paella, and it works really well, but it can be a nice side dish for anything you would do with white rice.
The only downside, as usually with these things, is the price, it’s significantly more expensive than normal rice, but hey… your body will thank you.
Facts about black rice:
White Rice: 180 calories, 53 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams fiber, 3 grams protein GI 70
Brown rice: 170 calories, 46 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams fiber, 4 grams protein GI 50
Black Rice: 160 calories, 34 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams fiber, 5 grams protein GI 35
(for GI guidance: for weight loss, the GI of your food should be under 40, for weight maintenance between 40 and 50 and for weight gain, anything above)
Black rice recipe coming soon!