Sweet n’ Spicy Forbidden Rice - Lakeside Natural Medicine

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Sweet n’ Spicy Forbidden Rice

BySarah Axtell, ND July 24, 2014

Forbidden rice is a black rice from Asia rich in both taste and nutritional value. It is so named because it was considered the Chinese Emperor’s rice, and anyone else was forbidden to eat it. It has a rich, nutty flavor.

Forbidden rice is a nutritional power house. It is full of minerals, specifically iron, and also a good source of fiber so it will keep you feeling full longer. When cooked, it turns a deep purple color, revealing its anthocyanin content. Anthocyanins are a type of flavonoids, plant pigments that have been found to have prominent health benefits. Some of the health benefits include protection against cancer, allergies, inflammation, heart disease and diabetes. Other excellent sources of anthocyanins are deeply pigmented berries, such as blueberries and blackberries, and purple sweet potatoes.

Just a note about forbidden rice- it will not get really soft, but rather it will have a chewy texture.

Sweet n’ Spicy Forbidden Rice

  • 1 cup forbidden (aka black) rice
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 cup veggie broth
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 tbsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsps fresh grated ginger
  • salt, pepper
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • cilantro (optional) as garnish


In a medium saucepan, bring coconut milk and broth to a boil. Add rice and seasonings and turn heat to low. Cover. Cook for 20 minutes and then add raisins. Cook for another 15 minutes (until rice is soft). Add additional broth if needed. Top with cashews and garnish with cilantro.

Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health practitioners with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program.

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