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Cooking Black Rice

Try this grain once reserved only for Chinese emperors. It has a nutty flavor, appealing texture, and gorgeous deep-purple hue when cooked.

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Photography by: John von Pamer

Though it far outstrips brown rice in terms of nutrition, black rice is cooked much like its whole-grain rice relation. For tender yet chewy grains, follow these steps:

 

Calculate ratios: 1 cup rice should cook in 1 3/4 cups water; scale up or down as needed.

 

Don’t rinse: The outer layer has antioxidants, which may help lower cholesterol.

 

Go heavy: A thick-bottomed pot prevents scorching.

 

Simmer slowly: After coming to a boil, the rice should simmer, covered, until it absorbs the water.

 

Steam to finish: Keep the rice covered, off heat, for 10 minutes after cooking.

 

Get the Black Rice and Broccoli with Almonds Recipe