Forbidden Rice Salad


I love salads but not just plain salads. I like the ones who dare me not to have more. I enjoy texture and exotic flavors. I think I just reached the highest peak of salads. THAI FORBIDDEN RICE SALAD…..it is so good it should be forbidden. The Emperor’s food of choice, exclusively made just for royalty. Thought you may want to know that Forbidden Rice not only looks and tastes great but has very high nutritional value as well; in Chinese medicine they say it is a blood tonifier, aids in the circulation of the blood . It invigorates the spleen and brightens the eyes. Black foods are considered kidney tonics.

Ingredients

1 cup black rice

2 cups water

2 tablespoons tamari(soy sauce)

2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil

½ lime juiced

½ teaspoon chili paste (optional)

1 cup roasted cashews(not salted)

½ red bell pepper finely chopped

½ yellow bell pepper finely chopped

6 green onions or scallions thinly sliced

Directions

Put the rice, 2 cups water, and a pinch of salt in a pan.  Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce the heat, and simmer gently until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender, about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk the tamari, sesame oil, lime juice, and sambal oelek or chili paste together in a salad bowl.

Add the cashews, red and yellow bell peppers, and green onions.

When the rice is ready, add it to the mixture and toss to coat everything well.

Add salt, pepper to taste.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

If you can’t get Thai black rice, try wild rice, or wild rice mixed with long grain rice, instead, and cook according to package directions.

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