It’s summertime!

Just a little liquid lime, little muddled mint, a little ….mango, and a whole lot of flavor!

Forbidden Rice Mango Mojito

And, just in case you were curious…

Black rice (also known as purple rice) is a range of rice types of the species Oryza sativa L., some of which are glutinous rice. Varieties include Indonesian black rice and Thai jasmine black rice. Black rice is high in nutritional value and is a source of iron, vitamin E, and antioxidants (more than in blueberries). The bran hull (outermost layer) of black rice contains one of the highest levels of anthocyanin antioxidants found in food. The grain has a similar amount of fiber to brown rice and, like brown rice, has a mild, nutty taste. In China, black rice is claimed to be good for the kidney, stomach and liver.

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 making porridge, dessert, traditional Chinese black rice cake or bread. Noodles have been produced from black rice.

Thai black jasmine rice, while not as prevalent as the white and brown varieties, adds more vibrant color to meals, as well as providing additional health benefits.

It’s not really forbidden. In fact, this beautiful purple pellets are quite coveted!

Mango Mint Mojito Forbidden Rice

2 cups prepared forbidden rice (deep purple or black rice), chilled
1 ripe mango, peeled and cubed into 1” pieces
1 red bell pepper, cubed into 1” pieces
1/4 red onion, finely diced
1/2 cup sliced almonds
1/2 cup fresh mint
juice of 2 limes
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbs. honey
sea salt and pepper

Combine the rice, mango, bell pepper, onion, almonds, and mint  in a large bowl.

Meanwhile, in a small lidded jar, combine the lime juice, oil, honey, and salt and pepper. Shake vigorously until well combined.

Pour over the minty rice salad and stir well to create your “mojito.”

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