Sunday, June 23, 2013

Black Rice Salad with Spicy Honey Balsamic Dressing


"When walking, walk. When eating, eat." rashaski · Zen Proverb

During the years when China was ruled by an emperor, black rice was dubbed as the "Forbidden Rice". It was cultivated in very small amounts because it was only for the emperor's consumption. 

Black Rice Salad 1 by ash_shiv



Sporadic visits to the gym and binge eating regularly does make one want to postpone summer for a bit longer.  A rude but healthy gesture came along when I got handed a huge bag of black rice.  I know, I know I like my rice but I'm not ready to combine my daal with black rice.  Would you?


Black Rice Salad 2


When you photograph anything this dark, there has to be fun complimentary colors right? So a slow stroll in my local market helped. Came home all inspired with some tiny sweet bell peppers and beautiful sunflowers to deck my table.  It did turn out to be a beautiful summer day filled with colors.

I am constantly taken by surprise when my boys enjoy a salad and ask for more. Now, I just wish I was as experimental as they are when it comes to trying new food out.

 


Do you like black rice? What are your ways to use black rice? Now you know, I have a huge bag, gotto use that up...HELP!

Here goes a filling, satisfying and healthy meal which we enjoyed a lot.


BLACK RICE SALAD with Honey Balsamic Vinegar

Ingredients:

Black rice         - 1 cup cooked in some salt
bell peppers     -  thinly sliced 1 cup
corn                 - 1/2 cup cooked
garlic               - 4 very thinly sliced
basil                - 6 leaves cut to thin strips
pine nuts         - 2 tbsp
egg                - optional
olive oil         - 1tsp

For Vinaigrette:

balsamic vinegar   - 2tbsp
orange juice         -2 tbsp
honey                  - 1 tbsp
hot sauce             - 1/2 tsp(I used 1 tsp of sriracha) use accordingly
olive oil                      - 4 tbsps
salt and pepper
Blend the ingredients for the vinegar and set aside.

Method:

1. In a saute pan, add olive oil.  Add the corn, garlic and saute for a minute on low heat.
2. Add the bell peppers,  saute for a minute and add the cooked rice.  
3.  Heat through, turn of the heat and add the basil.
4.  Add the vinaigrette little by little until the desired taste has achieved.  You can add more, but you cannot take it away, so please note, add little at a time.
5. Top with pine nuts and egg if desired.
ENJOY!!

Black Rice Salad 3


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29 comments:

sushmita pandit said...

your black rice luks amazing...nice click....

Kiran @ KiranTarun.com said...

Yum! Is black rice the same as wild rice?

Liz Berg said...

I've never made black rice but it's a gorgeous backdrop for the peppers and herbs! Beautiful salad!

Asha Shivakumar said...

Kiran, after a bit of researching, just saw that Wild rice is not rice at all, it's a grass family. While Black rice is rice with black husk which is very nutritious. The question surely made me learn a few things today. Thanks:)

Asha Shivakumar said...

Thanks Liz!!Black rice had a very nutty feel to it, and was quite filling.

Nithya Naveen said...

Using black rice is new to me.. Very nicely captured the black rice with vibrant and colourful bell pepper

Ameena said...

I've had black rice in sushi form before and it was fantastic. This looks delicious as well!

Saranya Balaji said...

I've never made black rice but it's looks gorgeous...

Navaneetham Krishnan said...

Never cooked black rice, actually I am not even sure if I have seen it. But I simply love the whole package, the rice with the rest paired together.

Asha Shivakumar said...

Thank You Nithya!!

Asha Shivakumar said...

Ameena, that's a great idea,in Sushi. I might try that soon.

Asha Shivakumar said...

Thank You Saranya!!

Asha Shivakumar said...

Thanks Nav, before this I hadn't tried black rice either. But, I was pleasantly surprised by how nutty and good it tasted.

Looking FANCY said...

Yummy, this dish looks amazing!

Asha Shivakumar said...

Thank You.

Dixya said...

i have never had black rice before but your plate looks very goood.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

Beautiful! This salad looks ever so scrumptious. That is such a great combination.

Cheers,

Rosa

Eat Good 4 Life said...

This truly looks fabulous. I have never tried black rice but I think I should and soon :-)

Mother Rimmy said...

I love black rice. It makes such a dramatic presentation, doesn't it? This salad looks incredible!

Rekha Vengalil said...

Looks so beautiful and what lovely pictures Asha..:-) Simple loved it!

Asha Shivakumar said...

Thanks Rosa, it did work out well together.

Asha Shivakumar said...

Thank you all for visiting and leaving comments.
Rekha, thanks for your sweet words.

Kim - Liv LIfe said...

What a wonderful combo!! I love the colors and I can totally see this on my table tomorrow morning!!

Nilu A said...

I've never tried black rice before.. Very nutritious and fulfilling recipe Asha :-)

Sona - quick picks/pick quicks said...

hi there ! first timere here..and lovely platter. never have tried balck rice before but sure it tastes great. feel free to drop by my space too when you get the time. Just jotted some handy tips on "sane motherhood" on my "Picks quicks" blog. lets keep connected beyond the kitchen as well....

Asha Shivakumar said...

@Kim- hope you enjoy it, when you make it.
@ Nilu, thanks for stopping by.
@ Sona, thanks so much for your comment, really appreciate it. I will surely drop by your space, we shall connect soon.

Jeannie said...

Just the picture looks very appetizing. Good choice of colorful food

Carol-lynne Olsen said...

Oh My Goodness...this dish was so good!!! I did alter it a tad...I cooked the rice in homemade chicken broth and added about a 1/4 cup of chopped Walla Walla Sweet Onions to the rice and chicken broth mixture...other than that I followed the recipe exactly!!! We served it with Salmon Fillets prepared on the grill. Try this salad...you won't be disappointed!!!

Asha Shivakumar said...

Carol, you have no clue how much it means. Thank you.
I love the alterations and can't wait next time to try it with sweet onions. Hugs from me..

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