Black rice is an ancient grain with wonderful health benefits. It is packed with great levels of fiber, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits. It keeps the weight in control and is high in minerals and vitamins. Black rice is known for its abilities to fight diseases. It is called black rice because of its interesting purplish, black color. Food that is darker in color usually contains more nutrients, black rice is no different. It contains minerals, vitamins, iron, zinc and 18 amino acids.
Let’s go through few interesting health benefits of black rice –
1) Prevents diabetes
The risk of type-2 diabetes is found to be reduced considerably with the consumption of black rice. Whole grains like this boosts energy levels, helps to maintain body weight and controls diabetes.
2) Controls obesity
Black rice is one of the greatest sources of fiber. It helps combat cravings, overeating and hunger. It is also known to help reduce insulin, which is often related to a higher risk of obesity.
3) Helps in digestion
The fiber content in the rice improves digestion to a great extent. It helps prevent constipation, bloating and many digestive issues. It also ensures smooth functioning of the gastrointestinal tract.
4) Natural detox
Black rice helps in natural detoxification processes and helps prevent toxic build up. It also helps in cleansing of liver- due to its antioxidants which help reduce inflammation.
5) Healthy heart
Black rice reduces the risk of plaque formation in the arteries. Having clear arteries is essential and it also lowers the risk of heart attack and stroke. The phytochemicals found in black rice helps to control and maintain the cholesterol levels.
Taste of black rice
Black rice is not very tasty but it has its own unique, nutty taste. It is denser than refined rice.
You can eat it like your regular rice with curry, dal, soup or any sauces. You could also add it to your everyday salad. It’s best to soak the grain for two hours prior to cooking. You can also mix it with other grains if you don’t like the taste of black rice.
Black rice pudding
•1 cup black rice
•1/2 cup sugar
•1 (13 1/2- to 15-oz) can unsweetened coconut milk, stirred well
To prepare rice, take 3 cups of water, ¼ teaspoon salt and put it to boil. Make sure you cover it with lid and prepare it for 45 minutes. The rice will be cooked but still wet. Add some sugar, 1’4 teaspoon salt and 1½ cups of coconut milk and heat it at high temperature. After some time, recuse the heat and stir continuously for about 30 minutes until the mixture becomes thick.
Remove the mixture and let it cool at room temperature, keep an eye on the mixture stir it in between if needed. Now before serving divide it into 8–9 bowls and make sure to stir the remaining coconut milk in the mixture.
A tasty black rice pudding is ready for you!
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