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The Emperors Rice!

Manipur in north east India grows a unique variety of rice namely ‘Black rice’


This rice is actually more purplish in colour than black, although when uncooked it is very dark in appearance. This type of rice is usually sold "un-milled" with the husk intact. It is also commonly used as a condiment, dressing, or as a decoration for different types of desserts in many countries around the world. High in nutritional value, black rice is rich in iron & high in fibre. It also possesses anti-inflammatory properties. It also possesses disease-fighting antioxidants. It’s a medium-grain, non-glutinous heirloom rice.  


The unique health benefits associated with this variety helps in warding off cancer, prevention of heart diseases, prevents diabetes & Alzheimers.


It is known to improve digestive and metabolic health and also slows down absorption of sugar in the blood. It helps in reducing obesity compared to other grains and to detoxify the body.


Black Rice though less known is aptly called "the emperor’s rice." It is also known as ‘forbidden rice’. This rice has a dark purplish-black colour with a nutty, slightly sweet flavour. It is often considered a superfood because of its high nutritional content, in addition to the fact that it’s naturally high in anthocyanins, which are the antioxidant pigments that give the rice its unique coloring. In traditional Chinese Medicine, it’s even considered a blood tonic. 


Black Rice calories are not very high. One serving of black rice or the emperor’s rice contains only around 160 calories but offers a very high amount of flavonoid phytonutrients. It’s also a good source of important fiber, substantial mineral content & even a good source of plant-based protein. In addition, just the outside hull of the grain has one of the highest levels of anthocyanin antioxidants of any food.




It makes a delicious side dish all on its own with some salt & pepper. You can also add it to stir-fries, soups and stews, or sprinkle it on top of a salad. Try adding cooked black rice to homemade veggie burgers, or serve with fresh roasted vegetables and your favorite source of protein.


Some people even choose to grind the dry rice kernels in a coffee grinder or food processor and then use the ground rice to bake with or coat with or just to sprinkle over other foods for an extra antioxidant boost.


It is also used as desserts & snacks, such as desert porridge, black rice cakes or breads, noodles & more. Another interesting application for the emperor’s rice is to use it as a natural food-coloring agent. It can be added in either ground or in extract form to beverages & foods in order to avoid using artificial dyes & ingredients that can be harmful in numerous ways. 


Emperor’s Rice can play a healthy part in someone’s diet, as long as they are mindful of how much they consume. Emperor’s Rice will bring a genuine smile on the face of every food lover, the only wish of a mother’s kitchen - nutritious food & genuine happiness.