Wednesday, June 13, 2012

80--- Caribbean Forbidden Rice

Forbidden rice, also known as black rice, is a sticky rice that is un-milled and therefore full of nutrition!  It is high in iron and fiber.  When you cook it it turns purplish, which of course makes it very fun.  You can find it in the bulk section of your specialty grocer or Lundbergs makes a mix.  Add some Caribbean spice and fruit and VOILA!

Caribbean Forbidden Rice
Serves 8

1 cup black rice
2 cups water
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/3 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp honey
1/3 tsp dried thyme
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 red bell pepper, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup chopped onion (red or white)
2 mangoes, peeled and chopped into small cubes

Bring water to a boil, then stir in rice.  Cover and cook for ~40 minutes, until rice is tender and water is absorbed.  Transfer to a large bowl.  Fold in red pepper and onion. 

Whisk together lemon juice, oil, honey and spices.  Fold mixture into rice mixture.  Transfer bowl to refrigerator and chill for at least two hours.

Prior to serving stir in pecans and mangoes.

Nutrition Info per 1/2 cup serving: 136 calories, 5 g fat, 3 g protein, 18 g carbohydrates, 3 g fiber, 100 mg sodium

1 comment:

  1. The word forbidden made it all the more tempting I must say. I had a taste of the Caribbean cuisine from last month's alaskan cruises tour for my year ender vacation.