We all tend to go easy on ourselves and succumb to sinful food just because “winter won’t last forever!” But hey, it’s time to detox a bit now. And believe me it’s not as difficult as it sounds.

Simply switch to Black rice - gluten free, gut-friendly, a natural cleanser and rich in powerful natural black color pigments - anthocyanin antioxidants.

Breaking the myth – extremely easy to cook but due to lack of awareness, Black Rice is usually assigned into the ‘harder cooking category’. But I hope to simplify cooking black rice and actually exploring and having fun with it for all people fond of good food. Just 30 minutes to good health! Rinse - Cook – Munch

  • Rinse your Black Rice well with clean water 2-3 times.
  • For 1 cup black rice add 3 cups water.  Cook in pressure cooker on medium flame. After first whistle, reduce flame to low and let it cook for 15 minutes more. (total cooking time approx 30 mins). Remove from heat and let it cool.
  • Add coconut milk/ milk and enjoy with fresh fruits for your everyday Healthy Breakfast.

You can also simply top it with your favourite greens for a yummy Buddha Bowl. It tastes wonderful for celebrations as kheer/pudding too!

Invest your time in good health. Black Rice makes it easy and fun!

The extra 15 minutes spent in cooking this Black Rice will heal your body. Prefer organically grown and unpolished black rice which will give you highest antioxidants. Polishing would remove the black natural pigment of this rice and all the health benefits too, making the cooking time definitely shorter but not so healthy anymore!

Taste & Texture 

Once cooked black rice has a sticky texture, nutty and earthy in flavour with a distinct beautiful aroma. And yes, it stays black/ deep purple even once cooked :) when infused with milk/ water it also gives the dish a natural gorgeous lavender color – that’s all the anthocyanin pigments. So much goodness!

Where to get it from? FOR8 is a passion project about 8 sibling states of North East India – the seven sisters and eighth brother Sikkim. It is a group of young folks with a common dream, led by Mudita Akoijam, all working towards a common goal - to bring you the purest natural produce from this pristine region some of them call home :) “At FOR8 we are constantly working with chefs worldwide to explore wider applications of this super food called Black Rice,” says Mudita.

Here are some recipes so you can truly enjoy and benefit from Black Rice:

Honeymoon Dessert (black rice with coconut milk and fresh mangoes) – a pure summer delight, it’s a must have for all mango lovers.

Sunday Brunch Salad Bowl - The unique texture of this rice goes very well with anything that has a nice bite to it and is chewy. So once cooked, top up your bowl of black rice with your favorite greens, herbs, spices, some olive oil and lemon juice and enjoy.

Black Rice Morning Cereal Bowl with Berries - My personal favourite! Though the name is long, this healthy breakfast dish comes together in minutes. In this breakfast bowl recipe, we used almond milk and fresh berries, but any milk and fruit would work. Also, I had some granola on hand so I sprinkled some on top, but you can easily substitute it with any of your favorite nuts. Needless to say, this makes an incredibly healthy and filling breakfast recipe that you can serve to all your family.

The not so vegan dishes – Black Rice absorbs the flavours of a poached egg with great perfection. Just add salt, pepper to your poached egg and meal it with black rice. Alternatively, chicken bowl works very well with black rice too.

Going traditional – For those with a sweet tooth, in times of celebrations Black Rice is a table stopper! As prepared in its place of origin - Manipur, it is absolutely delicious in the exotic Black Rice Kheer/ Pudding. Slow cooking would make your pudding richer, so hang on if you have the patience. Otherwise post pressure cooking using our 3 step process – cook for few minutes with milk/coconut milk, nuts, and jaggery. Serve warm/chilled depending on weather and mood!

For more on recipes visit www.for8.in

About the Author

 Nitasha Jain - Author

A creative marketeer and a passionate writer. Having worked with some of the world’s leading real estate consultancies, she does a fantastic job of ‘talking to real people occupying real estate’! Off work, she loves to discover & write about people, places & all things nice. People call her for advice on what to shop from where! And she thrives on the smile it brings to their faces when those products find the best place in their homes & lives.