Monday, August 8, 2011

Sweet black rice with bananas

I bought glutinous black rice a while back because I wanted to try it out, but I never actually looked into how it was made. So the first time I made black rice it turned out as a bit of a failure: some of the grains were still hard and it just didn’t taste right. This time I decided to look up how exactly one prepares black rice. That’s when google becomes your friend and you just type ‘prepare black rice’ and click the first link. It worked! I came up with this site which basically said you had to leave it in water overnight (as usual with glutinous rice) and just cook it. I could’ve thought of that. Then it mentioned cooking it with coconut milk, bananas and pineapple. I hate pineapple really so we scratched that. I had coconut cream laying around and enough bananas to last a lifetime, so there we had a new recipe to add to my blog!


1 cup of black rice
2 cups water
2 cups coconut milk or cream
4 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon butter
3 banana’s

1. Leave the rice in a bowl of water overnight. If you realise you’re a bit late you can still soak it in water till up to about 3 hours beforehand.
2. Bring the rice with the water, coconut milk and sugar to boil and then leave to simmer about 20 minutes.
3. In the meanwhile bake the bananas in butter – or turn them into a warm banana mush.
4. When the rice is cooked (it shouldn’t be tough) mix in the banana’s and serve!

To my and my families surprise it tasted lovely! It was more a dessert than a side dish and it tasted better warm than cold. I’m definitely going to make this recipe again and again and again. If I remember to make it on time, it’s really not hard either.
The black rice I used was a dark kind of purple, towards black (hence the name I’m guessing). It gave the water a lovely colour and I’m thinking of bathing Easter eggs in it at some point. I’m pretty sure you’ll end up with nicely coloured eggs.
I didn't have time to make any pictures, but I managed a quick shot! I hope you enjoy making and eating this recipe! Do try it!

Note: I'm on 99 posts! I feel like I have to post something special next now!

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