I still can’t get over this. All other food is in danger of being sidelined for this scrummy rice. Particularly the sticky black rice pudding I’m about to share with you. As I’m writing this I’m halfway through a juice cleanse. Yep, one of the joys (or perhaps pains) of working for Urban Remedy is the unlimited access I have to juices, smoothies and detox cleanses. But right now, I’d kill for a taste of this delicious pudding.

Black rice, AKA Forbidden Rice or Glutinous Black Rice is, in itself, an amazing little grain. This exotic, dark beauty is said to possess many health benefits. It’s all the rage now, another new ‘It’ on the health-food scene. I’m new to it and feeling pretty excited by its inclusion in my diet. I know I’m onto a good thing when my boyfriend says “wow… seriously, I’d PAY for this dish in a restaurant”… maybe I should start charging? This grain doesn’t come cheap!

Apparently research into this grain is in the early days. But there seems to be a link between black rice and the decrease in the risk of heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure, circulation and overal wellbeing. It is considered an anti-inflammatory and also a great source of anti-oxidants. Another plus… it’s high in fibre.

When I try something new, I go all out. 1kg bag of rice, 4 different recipes to try and off we go! Black rice featured in a crunchy fresh salad, a smoothie, a ruby chard and red cabbage mash and quinoa porridge.

And then I remembered that I love eating black rice sticky pudding out at asian restaurants. So by candlelight during Earth Hour I got to making my own version.

Here’s the recipe:

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup black rice
  • Water
  • Coconut Milk
  • Cardamon Pods
  • Cinnamon sticks/bark
  • Vanilla bean/extract
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Fruit of your choice
  • Goji berries

What to do:

  • Soak 1 cup of black rice for a few hours
  • Drain rice and return to pot
  • Add in 1 cup of water
  • Bring to the boil and then simmer for 30-40 minutes
  • Add in 3/4 cup of organic full-fat coconut milk
  • Place cardamon pods and cinnamon sticks in a small mesh ball/bag (I used a little tea strainer boil) and drop into the pod
  • Bring to the boil again and then simmer for another 30 minutes or until the water has reduced
  • Be careful it doesn’t boil.
  • Add in vanilla bean extract (fresh or bottled)
  • Add in a dash of cinnamon
  • Add in Stevia, maple syrup or raw honey to taste – I didn’t want much added sweetness but my boyfriend needed honey
  • Serve in individual portions with a drizzle of coconut milk, goji berries and fruit (figs would be perfect!)

The result? Warm, nourishing, satisfying, filling, pleasing… eat it for dessert, or add a few nuts for breakfast. 

Have you heard of Black Rice? Do you have a special black rice recipe? 

Saha to you.

Signing off with an exhale.

Pause. Listen. Live.




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