Black Rice always seemed like one of the really exotic healthy food that I probably wouldn’t like so I never really tried it. But upon receiving a packet of Zambrero Forbidden Black rice to try via foodie cravings I was somewhat forced upon researching it. And I am so grateful I did.
Black Rice is super healthy and really good for you but even better it’s actually remarkably tasty. Texturally it was very similar to brown rice, and it tastes incredibly nutty and beautiful.
I don’t normally have a lot of time to cook, so when I do, I like recipes that are quick, easy and more importantly nutritious. With the Black Rice I decided to make a rice salad with Grilled Haloumi. I was rather proud that I tapped into my Persian roots when I came up with this recipe. Basically I cooked the black rice according to the absorption method on the back of the packet and I also made some brown rice. The good thing about this is that you can make this recipe when you’ve got a small amount of any kind of rice left, but not quite enough to feed the family. Instead of throwing it out, Black Rice works really well with other rices. Once they were cooked I mixed in a handful of chopped Pistachio, some chopped up dried cranberries, sesame seeds and whole pepita seeds. And finished with a little drizzle of lemon juice. The combination of the nuttiness in the rice, the sweetness from the cranberries, the crunchiness of the pistachios and peptic seeds with the saltines of the grilled haloumi worked really well for this dish. But best of all it took about 25 minutes to do the whole thing which is really great.
I would definitely recommend black rice with your next Zambrero bowl or burrito not only does it taste really good and have a crazy amount of nutrients, but it’s also a part of Zambrero meal for a meal program. The program was set up in 2005 and has since served over 10 million meals to children around the world. In a country where food is so abundant it is quite easy to forget that there are children around the world who are lucky to get even one meal a day. So basically be able to help in a small way without really going out of you’re way is a great initiative organised by Zambrero. So next make sure you upgrade that Chikito to a Burrito or purchase a packet of Zambrero Forbidden Black Rice and provide a meal for someone in need.
Find out more about Zambrero’s meal for a meal program on their website.
Disclaimer: foodie cravings was gifted Zambrero’s black rice to review.