Black Rice

Black rice, which often turns dark purple once cooked, has a mild, nutty taste similar to brown rice. Also referred to as “forbidden rice,” it’s a great source of iron, vitamins and antioxidants. One of our favorite recipes showcasing black rice is this striking risotto, served with a golden butternut squash puree and creamy burrata—it’s a flavorful meal that tastes even better than it looks. You can use black rice anywhere you’d use white rice—as a simple side dish, in stir-fry and even in a rice pudding for dessert. Whether you want to expand your side dish repertoire or are looking for an impressive entrée, F&W’s guide to black rice has a recipe for every occasion.

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Forbidden Black Rice with Ginger and Cardamom

This rich-tasting black rice from chef Akasha Richmond is fragrant with cardamom. Slideshow:  More Rice Recipes 

Pineapple Black Fried Rice

Black rice, also called forbidden rice, gives this dish from New York chef JJ Johnson its striking appearance. “Kids love fried rice,” says Johnson. “And it’s a perfect vehicle for sneaking in some fruits and veggies.” This black rice is stir-fried with edamame, bean sprouts, and juicy diced pineapple. Slideshow: More Fried Rice Recipes 

Black Rice

Black rice, which often turns dark purple once cooked, has a mild, nutty taste similar to brown rice. Also referred to as “forbidden rice,” it’s a great source of iron, vitamins and antioxidants. You can use black rice anywhere you’d use white rice—as a simple side dish, in stir-fry and even in a rice pudding. Here, our best black rice recipes.

Brazilian Black Rice

This dish from Uxua hotel chef Aladim Alves traces its roots to the 1970s, when the beaches of Trancoso, Brazil, were a favorite hippie destination. It combines richly flavored Bahian seafood with healthy whole-grain black rice. More Excellent Rice Dishes

Black Rice with Stir-Fried Cabbage and Peanut Sauce

Forbidden black rice is a favored heirloom variety of rice that’s especially high in anti-oxidants and treasured for its deep hue and nutty taste. In this dish, it’s served with stir-fried cabbage and a spicy peanut sauce accompaniment. Slideshow: More Stir Fry Recipes 

Risotto Nero with Squash & Burrata

Oakes makes this gorgeous risotto with Venere black rice, a naturally black short-grain rice. The glossy grains are especially striking served with the golden butternut squash puree and creamy white burrata. Slideshow:  Rice Pilaf RecipesRecipe from Food & Wine Best New Chefs All-Star Cookbook