According to legend, only the Chinese emperors and nobility were allowed to eat black rice. They believed that eating the rice would protect them from illness and provide a longer life. During China’s Ming dynasty possession of black rice by the common people was a capital crime. This is how the rice it got it’s name “forbidden” rice.
Black rice has a high nutritional value and is a source of iron, vitamin E, and antioxidants (more than in blueberries).
Forbidden black Rice salad with Mango and Prawns
120 grams of Black rice
1 mango, cut in cubes
1 large red pepper
5 springs of mint, roughly chopped
5 springs of coriander, roughly chopped
1 spring onion, thinly sliced
150 grams of pealed prawns, I used Atlantic cold water prawns
2 tbsp soya sauce
1 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp sesame oil
the juice from 1 lime
1 lemongrass stalk, finely chopped
1 red chilli, I used birds eye, finely sliced
Boil the rice for 30 minutes in plenty of water.
While the rice is boiling, cut the mango and peppers into cubes, chop the herbs, slice the spring onion and peel the prawns (I prefer the taste of the Atlantic prawns you buy with peel on however ready peeled works as well).
Prepare the dressing in a separate bowl by mixing the soya sauce, maple syrup, lime juice, sesame oil, lemongrass and chilli.
When the rice has finished boiling drain well and set aside to cool. Spread it out on a large plate to speed up the process.
Combine all the ingredients and mix well.