Manipuri Black Rice

Just last week one of my' morning-walk friend' gifted me this rare variety of rice called Manipuri Black Rice."Make payas (rice n milk pudding) for kids" ,was her advice.I have been living in North East India for more than 25 yrs ...this part of India is blessed to have varied kind of rice .This rice grain when dry looks black in color. In closer look "black" rice isn't really black at all. After soaking for a few hours, the water turns into a deep burgundy, showing the rice's true colors.Here in this picture you can see that.Let me share few more interesting facts about this rice..



It is considered to be both food and medicine in Manipur.The Rice gets its dark purple color because it is rich in anthocyanins, which act as powerful antioxidants.The rice contains more vitamin B, niacin, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc than white rice.This grain is high in fibre and has got a sweet and slightly nutty taste.It as an unmilled rice, meaning the the fiber-rich black husks of the rice are not removed. It is also known as 'Forbidden rice' in some parts of the world.“Forbidden Rice” probably originated in the royal court of China, when the unique grain was consumed by the emperor and his chosen favorites.


The unusual color makes black rice very popular for exotic desserts, and the high nutritional value is an added benefit.Like other unmilled rice, black rice takes longer to cook than traditional husked rice. Rinsing and soaking the rice before cooking helps to bring the cooking time down.I soaked it for nearly three hours before preparing kheer/payas .The idea to blog about it popped only after i soaked the rice,i wish i had a picture of the dry grains too.First i cooked soaked rice with little water for about ten minutes,later i added milk and sugar.The milk turned purplish the moment it touched the pan.Another fifteen to twenty minute of constant stirring and this yummy pudding was ready to be served.My kids are so fond of this one that i never get any chance to garnish it,to be frank i prefer it without any nuts and raisins because it has got a very distinct taste of its own.
__________________________________________________________________
An article by Kavita who blogs at My Room

comment 39 comments:

Ugich Konitari on June 15, 2010 at 9:41 AM said...

Thanks for posting this !I have seen something called wild rice in shops in Mumbai, and that too takes a long time to cook, and as you describe , has its own special natural taste. I have grown up eating hand pound unpolished rice, and at first I thought this was similar, but it is not. This thing was special .

Wonder if its a relative of the Manipuri black rice ?

kavita on June 15, 2010 at 8:52 PM said...

Thanks a lot ,i am glad that you liked the post.I have tasted wild rice (abroad and here too)as well as hand pound unpolished rice(we get it from our village )but this Manipuri Black Rice is a completely different variety and is rare to find.My friend got it from her native village where her family grows this rice in their fields.I am trying to collect some more information on this one.

Once again thanks for your appreciation.

Lakshmi Rajan on June 15, 2010 at 10:21 PM said...

Today I visited an Ayurvedic shop and they had something by name Bamboo rice... is this black rice the same ?

kavita on June 15, 2010 at 11:21 PM said...

No,it is not the same rice.A Bamboo rice is a short grain white rice which is while milling is treated with the juice of a young bamboo plant and sometimes with little green tea..it turns pale green in color when cooked.It is very high in Vit B.

Black rice is a naturally colored rice .

Thanks.

Phoenixritu on June 16, 2010 at 11:36 AM said...

Manipuri black rice is round and has a very high starch content. I have tasted in when I was in Imphal. Wonder if we get it in Delhi? It is delicious

Dr. Chandana Shekar on June 19, 2010 at 12:55 PM said...

Now that was some piece of knowledge for me. North east has a lot of secrets.. Its amusing many a times. This one sure must be one among the lot :)

Anonymous said...

Kavita, do you know if it is grown in other parts of the country.

Ritesh on September 19, 2010 at 8:00 PM said...

hey can any one tell me about the smell of this black rice and its availability in delhi and ncr region

Sam Rice on September 25, 2010 at 9:36 AM said...

I am glad that black rice is available in India as it is rare in other parts of the world. I sure love to taste that payas made from black rice. Not only that it has black rice with it but it sure looks delicious and I think it is good in replacement of cereals and milk for breakfast.

kavita on September 30, 2010 at 12:06 PM said...

@Anonymous-- some believe that it is grown in Kerala too,but i am not sure.

@Ritesh- it has got a nutty fragrance ,i am not sure of its availability in Delhi/NCR.

@Sam Rice- i have been told that this rice is grown in some parts of Assam too and another good news is that it is available in a market very close to my place(i have not checked out as yet).

I am thinking of writing a follow up post on this ,just trying to gather few more facts about its production n availability in other parts of India.

Anonymous said...

do we get black rice in west bengal??

kavita on June 13, 2011 at 5:34 PM said...

It is now available here in Assam but i don't know if it is in West Bengal.Sorry .

Anonymous said...

Yesterday I tasted "Payas" prepared with milk and Maniouri black rice. It is really delicious.

Anonymous said...

What is the price of this rice and where is it available? I'd love to try this rice.

Rahul Gupte

Neha said...

Can you please tell me is it available in Delhi?

kennethpaullewis on October 17, 2011 at 3:25 PM said...

Hi Kavita,

Could you please let me know where can I purchase this Manipuri Black rice from.

I am in Mumbai 9820160888 and looking at buying atleast 1 ton every quarter.

Regards

Kenneth Lewis

ramgopalg said...

please tell me about black rices farming idea,temperature,rain,and time term it takes.

Ashwin on November 20, 2011 at 12:42 PM said...

Can I get black rice in hyderabad somewhere ?

Ram Chaudhary on November 24, 2011 at 6:48 AM said...

I tasted Black Rice as Kheer. It was unique taste. Nothing like this chocolate coloured Kheer !! Ram Chaudhary

Arup on December 6, 2011 at 2:07 PM said...

Its also called Forbidden Rice in China as it was once deemed to be fit only for royalty due to its high nutrient content. Currently the black rice is grown in China, Philippines and is commonly available there. In Manila thats my family's staple. Recent medical journals reveals it has the highest amount of anthocyanins, more so than blue berry which was the previous champ. Along with its heavenly taste, when cooked with screwpine (kewra) leaves, its one of the most aromatic and nutritious source of cereal ever, cook it in coconut milk and you got complete food.

Anonymous said...

where it is available? can anybody tll me

Anonymous said...

i need black rice, 25 kg..can any body tell me the price n where i can get in gujarat on in India..and how can i order it..

Hair Instyler on November 15, 2012 at 12:33 PM said...

I eat this dish and its very yummy. You can also take it in one more way- cooked rice separately and then put milk on it. both type dish taste yummy.

Arup on November 26, 2012 at 10:18 PM said...

Kerala has red rice and not black which is exclusive to Manipur and few parts of Nagaland. This can be found extensively in Philippines and Indonesia as well as Vietnam. Its one of the healthiest additions one can do in their diet. 4 tbls of black rice has more anthocyanins than a cup of blueberry. Sadly in India one can only source this from Manipur and thats a very hard proposition for rest of India.

SURESH revuru on December 24, 2012 at 4:47 PM said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
gautam kangjam on January 25, 2013 at 12:49 PM said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
chittilappilly on March 22, 2013 at 6:26 AM said...

now china is marketing Black rice, it is available in new-york (Costco )

Tushar on June 3, 2013 at 9:55 PM said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
sangeeta said...

I tasted black rice on a trip to yhe US and i really liked it. Wanted to know if its ok for diabetics to have black rice and is it available anywhere in Delhi/NCR or do we need to order it from somewhere online.

christina angom on June 14, 2013 at 7:33 PM said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
christina angom on June 20, 2013 at 2:25 PM said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.
gajni kumar on February 18, 2014 at 12:03 AM said...

can I get this in jharkhand

Tushar on June 5, 2014 at 3:08 AM said...

History of Black Rice (Chak-Hao): It’s kind of difficult to imagine the archaic times of the ancients when comfortable living was reserved for royalty or only a few lucky individuals. Yes, it’s very hard to picture a time when something as simple as stealing a few handfuls of Black Rice would result in being put to death. Yet that’s exactly the way it was according to the history books. Black Rice is also known as “forbidden rice”, and as the name might imply, consuming it without approval from the proper authorities can have life threatening consequences for those involved. Luckily, we no longer live in times of Black Rice prohibition.
The natural healing power and goodness of black rice has been very well noted in modern times. Loaded with antioxidants, Vitamin E, Fiber, and valuable anti-inflammatory properties, this special rice is truly remarkable in its abilities. In ancient China Black Rice was set aside specifically for the Emperor and / or the royal family, regular people weren’t allowed anywhere near the stuff. Much has been written recently about the studies linking antioxidants to anti-aging. What’s really incredible about Black Rice is the fact that it contains even more antioxidants (per serving) than blueberries; which are famous for their anti-aging properties.
Black Rice is surely ‘one of the’… if not ‘the most’ special breeds of rice that are cultivated on Earth. Its special, near medicinal values are truly stunning, even today with all of our medical knowledge and tools Black Rice is the kind of food that can save your life. Now every time you set down to enjoy a few servings of this awesome super food, you can remind yourself that you are eating something specifically reserved for kings.

visit www.greenconnection.in if wish to have a sample for the existing participants only of this blog.

kumar on April 19, 2015 at 7:46 AM said...

This rice is described in classical Ayurveda books as KRISHNA SHALI.I have tried it in my patients and is highly useful.
Dr Shrikumar K

Sushant Rane on July 3, 2015 at 12:12 PM said...

Please help me acquire black rice seeds for cultivation, I am in Maharashtra konkan region.

Sushant Rane

Sharat on September 28, 2015 at 6:03 PM said...

Kavita Ji, thanks for sharing the preparation method of Black Rice. We have just received them at New Delhi through courier from Manipur. With high curiosity, I tasted the raw Black Rice and found "awesome" in taste.

C n reddy on October 27, 2015 at 1:29 AM said...

Where can I get the black rice seeds?

Anonymous said...

Yes there is a variant available in keraka too, mostly grown in the southern parts of kerala, but is soon becoming extint. It is called Rakthashali.

Dennis Zachariah on October 15, 2016 at 3:05 PM said...

Please tell me if black rice is sold in Delhi?

Post a Comment

Delete this element to display blogger navbar