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How to cook Black Rice with Spices

Black Rice with Fresh Herbs and Spices

Black rice, also known as forbidden rice, offers a unique taste and texture that elevates any meal. But sometimes, the sides can feel a bit bland. This recipe takes black rice to the next level with a symphony of warm spices and a touch of heat, making it the perfect accompaniment to your next dinner.

Why Black Rice? Health Benefits

Black rice isn’t just a pretty color (though let’s be honest, it is stunning!). It’s a whole grain packed with nutrients like fiber, protein, and antioxidants. Plus, its nutty flavor adds depth and complexity to dishes.

Black rice packs a surprising amount of health benefits thanks to its unique properties:

  • Nutrient Powerhouse: Compared to other rice varieties, black rice is higher in protein, offering essential building blocks for your body. It’s also a good source of fiber, which aids digestion, keeps you fuller for longer, and may even help with weight management.
  • Antioxidant Punch: Black rice is brimming with antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins, the pigments that give it its deep purple color. These antioxidants help fight free radicals in your body, which can damage cells and contribute to chronic diseases.
  • Heart Health Hero: Black rice’s fiber and antioxidants may contribute to a healthy heart by potentially lowering bad cholesterol and reducing inflammation.
  • Eye Health Ally: Black rice contains carotenoids, like lutein and zeaxanthin, which are beneficial for eye health. These antioxidants may help protect your eyes from age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.
  • Gluten-Free Friend: Black rice is naturally gluten-free, making it a safe and delicious choice for people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.
Black Rice or Forbidden Rice
Black Rice or Forbidden Rice

The Spice is Right – a Fresh Explosion

Adding fresh herbs to your black rice takes the dish beyond a simple side and elevates it to a flavorful and healthy experience. Herbs like parsley, cilantro, or thyme not only introduce a burst of fresh, aromatic notes but also come packed with additional nutrients. They can be a good source of vitamins and minerals, further boosting the nutritional profile of black rice. Additionally, some herbs possess anti-inflammatory properties, working alongside the antioxidants in black rice to promote overall well-being. So, a sprinkle of fresh herbs isn’t just about taste; it’s a way to add a touch of vibrant color and a layer of health benefits to your black rice dish.

A Simple, Satisfying Side

This recipe comes together quickly and easily. With just a handful of ingredients and about an hour of cook time, you’ll have a delicious and satisfying side dish that everyone will love.

Black Rice with Fresh Herbs and Spices
Black Rice with Fresh Herbs and Spices

Ready to Get Cooking?

Head to your kitchen and whip up this amazing black rice recipe. It’s perfect for a weeknight meal or a potluck contribution. So ditch the boring sides and embrace the exciting flavors of black rice with a kick!

Ingredients Needed

  • 1 cup black rice, rinsed: This is the star of the show! Black rice, also known as forbidden rice, has a unique nutty flavor and chewy texture. Rinsing it before cooking removes excess starch for a fluffier end result.
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth: The broth adds moisture and flavor to the rice as it cooks. Chicken broth adds a richer taste, while vegetable broth keeps the dish vegan. Choose whichever you prefer!
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil: A touch of olive oil helps saute the garlic and spices, infusing them with flavor.
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced: Fresh garlic adds a pungent and aromatic kick to the dish. Mincing it finely ensures it distributes evenly throughout the rice.
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions (green and white parts): Scallions add a pop of freshness and a mild oniony flavor. Chopping both the green and white parts ensures you get the most flavor out of them. The white parts tend to be milder, while the green parts have a sharper bite.
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste: These essential seasonings help enhance all the other flavors in the dish. Adjust to your preference.
  • Noubess hot and spicy sauce (optional): This is for those who like an extra kick of heat! Noubess is a brand of hot sauce, but you can substitute your favorite hot sauce if you prefer.

Tips for Additional Ingredients

  • Ground Cumin: Cumin is a warm spice with an earthy aroma. It pairs well with the other spices and complements the nutty flavor of the black rice.
  • Paprika: Smoked Paprika adds a touch of smokiness and a hint of sweetness to the dish. There are different variations of paprika, but for this recipe, either sweet or smoked paprika would work well.
  • Cayenne pepper (adjust to your spice preference): Cayenne pepper brings the heat! Adjust the amount you use depending on how spicy you like your food.
Black Rice with Fresh Herbs and Spices
Black Rice with Fresh Herbs and Spices

A Haitian Twist: Endui for Smoky, Savory Black Rice

Take your black rice on a global flavor adventure by incorporating endui, cured seasoned pork belly cubes, a staple in Haitian cuisine. Endui adds a salty, savory depth that beautifully complements the nutty earthiness of black rice. As the endui simmers with the rice, it infuses the dish with its smoky, spiced aroma, reminiscent of garlic, thyme, and chilies. This unexpected twist transforms your black rice from a simple side to a flavorful cornerstone of your meal, transporting your taste buds straight to the heart of Haitian cooking.

Bonus Tip: Leftovers are a breeze! This black rice can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days and reheated easily for a quick lunch or another side dish.

Black Rice with Fresh Herbs and Spices

How to cook Black Rice with Spices

This recipe takes advantage of the unique texture and nutty flavor of black rice, adding a touch of heat with Noubess hot sauce (optional) for a delicious and satisfying side dish.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Side Dishes
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 4
Calories 220 kcal


  • 1 cup black rice rinsed
  • 1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions green and white parts
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Noubess hot and spicy sauce optional


  • In a medium saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic and scallion, and cook for 30 seconds, until fragrant.
  • Stir in Noubess Hot and Spicy Sauce. Cook for an additional 30 seconds, allowing the spices to bloom.
  • Add rinsed black rice and stir to coat with the spices.
  • Pour in the chicken or vegetable broth, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 45-50 minutes, or until rice is cooked through and fluffy.
  • Once the rice is cooked, remove it from the heat and fluff it with a fork
  • Serve immediately. For an extra kick of heat, drizzle with Noubess hot sauce to taste.


  • This is a simple and basic recipe. 
  • You can experiment with spices like smoked paprika, cumin or cayenne pepper for a different flavor profile.
  • Add other vegetables like chopped bell peppers or diced carrots for a more colorful and nutritious dish.
  • You can substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth for a vegan option.
  • For more flavor and a Haitian cuisine taste, add a couple of cubes of Enduie with garlic and scallion. This recipe will be flavorful.
  • Leftover black rice can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • To reheat, add a splash of broth or water and warm gently in a saucepan over low heat.


Calories: 220kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 6gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 31mgPotassium: 203mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 62IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 21mgIron: 1mg

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

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