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Black rice benefits Contains fewer calories rather than regular rice Good source of carbohydrates and protein, Maintains ideal body weight, the glycemic index is lower than regular rice, niacin, low in fat, gives instant energy and stamina

Black rice, also known as purple rice, is a range of rice types of the species Oryza sativa, some of which are glutinous rice. There are several varieties of black rice available today. These include Indonesian black rice, Philippine heirloom balatinaw black rice, pirurut ong black glutinous rice, and Thai Jasmin black rice. Black rice is known as chak- hao in Manipur, India. In Bangladesh, it is known as Kalo dhaner chaal (black paddy rice) and is used to make polao or rice- based desserts. The bran hull (outermost layer) of black rice contains one of the highest levels of anthocyanins found in food. The grain has a similar amount of fiber to brown rice and, like brown rice, has a mild, nutty taste. Black rice has a deep black color and usually turns deep purple when cooked. Its dark purple color is primarily due to its anthocyanin content which is higher by weight than that of other colored grains. It is suitable for creating porridge, dessert, traditional Chinese black rice cake, bread, and noodles.

Preparation Information:

Rinse rice well in a fine-mesh strainer. Drain and add to a medium saucepan. Add water and salt to the rice. Stir. ... Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 45 minutes, until all of the liquid, is absorbed. Remove from heat and let stand 5-10 minutes with the lid on. Fluff with a fork and serve.

Nutritional Facts:
Serving Size 100 Amount Per Serving Calories 339 % Daily Value Total Fats 2.0g 2.5% Saturated Fat 0.8g 4% Cholesterol 0 mg 0% Sodium 6mg 0% Total Carbohydrate 70g 25% Dietary Fiber 2.8g 14% Sugars 0g Protein 8.9g 18% Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0% Calcium 10mg 1% Iron 0.6mg 3% Percent daily values are based on a 2,000 calories diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Black rice may not be a popular variety in India, but the trend is catching up. Also known as wild rice, it is unpolished, and it is a storehouse of folate,  zinc, phosphorous, niacin and vitamin B6.  It is a natural detoxifier, loaded with fiber, prevents the risk of diabetes and obesity.

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