Black rice, black japonica rice, or forbidden rice are all names for this uniquely black grain that turns a deep purple when cooked. Black rice has a distinctive nutty flavor and is dense in nutrient content. This rice has been cultivated for thousands of years and is traditionally eaten only by the rich and wealthy due to its scarcity.
Uses: Black rice can be cooked by itself at a ratio to water of 1:1. The texture can be greatly softened by cooking black rice with white rice at a ratio of 1:3 (water ratio remaining at 1:1) while retaining the distinctive purple color.