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Forbidden and Jade Rice-Not just for the Emperor anymore.

Posted by chefmax on May 28, 2009



Forbidden and Jade Rice

I did this dish a few weeks ago for my first ever tweetup event at the Secret Sushi Social in Silicon Valley. It is a great tasting rice dish that I cam e up with while I was working at the CIA. We used to do a rice identifying demo for the students  and I would have all these different leftover rices after the class. We tried really hard not to waste any food at the school and this recipe provided a way I could use up all of those sample rices. A good balance of honey and vinegar gives a great accent to the nutty and wholesomeness of the rices. Have fun.

1 cup                    Forbidden Rice, cooked and chilled        237 ml

1 cup                    Jade Pearl Rice, cooked and chilled        237 ml

1 Tblsp                 Dried Blueberries                                    15 ml

1 Tblsp                 Dried Hibiscus Flowers- sliced thin        15 ml

1 Tblsp                 Golden Raisin                                          15 ml

1 Tblsp                 Rice Wine Vinegar                                  15 ml

1 Tblsp                 Honey                                                     15 ml

1 Tblsp                 Canola Oil                                                 15 ml

1 Tblsp                 Cashews, lightly toasted, chopped          15 ml

1 Tblsp                 Italian Parsley, finely chopped                15 ml

                             Salt and pepper to taste


1.    Cook the rice’s using the instructions on their packaging. Cool down the rice until nicely chilled.

2.    Mix rice together in a bowl and add the dried fruits.

3.    Combine the Rice vinegar, honey, and oil together and pour over the rice. Salt and pepper to taste.

4.    Add cashews and parsley. Serve chilled.


Forbiddon Rice


According to the Lotus Foods website, Legend tells us that this ancient grain was once eaten exclusively by the Emperors. Today, this medium-size Chinese black rice can be enjoyed everyday and is prized for its delicious nutty taste, soft texture, and beautiful rich deep purple color. High in nutritional and medicinal value, Forbidden Rice® is rich in iron and considered a blood tonifier. Unlike other black rice from Asia, it is not glutinous or rough and cooks in only 30 minutes to produce a superior flavor, texture, and color.

Lotus Foods World Pantry-

If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people

 Chinese Proverbs quotes


  • For tender, fluffy rice with separate grains, choose long grain white rice.
  • Rinse all types rice before you cook it. Certain types of rice are coated with talc during processing and rinsing helps to clear this off. Talc is nontoxic but it can cause the rice to be more sticky.
  • Reduce the amount of water than what the recipe calls for if you want fluffier rice.
  • Using broth chicken, vegetable or beef can add a nice flavor to your rice. I have also cooked rice in coconut milk and added sugar and cinnamon. Yum.
  • Follow the instructions on the package or in the recipe when you are cooking rice. Lift the lid as little as possible if at all. Lifting the lid lets out the steam and causes the rice to become stickier.
  • Let the rice stand for 5-10 minutes. Then fluff the rice with a fork before serving.
  • Do not let cooked rice stay at room temperature for more than a couple hours and refrigerate well. Some rice can emit a toxin if it sits warm for too long.
  • For more information, recipes, and fun tricks on how work with rice, the Society found these links



  • Is sodium-, cholesterol- and gluten-free.
  • Has only a trace of fat and has no trans fat or saturated fat.
  • Has approximately 100 calories per half-cup cooked serving.
  • Is nutrient-dense and contributes over 15 vitamins and minerals, including folic acid and other B-vitamins, iron and zinc.
  • Is an energy food, supplying complex carbohydrates that the body and brain need to function.
  • Triggers the production of serotonin in the brain, a chemical that helps regulate and improve mood.
  • Americans consume about 24 pounds of rice per year.
  • There are approximately 15,000 rice producers in the United States.

2 Responses to “Forbidden and Jade Rice-Not just for the Emperor anymore.”

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