According to historians, the ancient Chinese believed that black rice was a healthy food, which was, during that time, tricky to grow. Therefore, only the rich people of the society could enjoy this delicacy and commoners were forbidden from eating this rice. Hence, black rice is known as the forbidden or the emperor’s rice.
How black rice gets its colour and how it’s cooked
Black rice has a deep, dark colour, which can also turn deep purple when cooked or soaked in water. The dark colour of the rice comes from anthocyanin, a powerful antioxidant, found in abundance in the rice. “Black rice is simple to cook. Soak the rice for 25 to 35 minutes. After that, it can be cooked in water in the same way you cook any other varieties of rice. But it’s important to remember the proportion of water to rice while cooking. It should be 2:1 and it takes about to 20 to 30 minutes in boiling water to cook black rice,” says Manav Windlass, co-owner of Kiara Soul Kitchen.
Sold per 100g in store or a minimum of 500g lots online. Food will come packed in a Kraft recycled paper bag which is turned over at the top and sealed with paper tape (See picture above).