Dec 14, 2009

Black rice and Lychee dessert...

Okay now i am not sure how many of you are familiar with 'Black rice'. In case if you have not i thought i shall just add few information about it.

Black rice is one of several black-colored heirloom plants producing rice variants such as Indonesian Black Rice, forbidden rice, or wild rice. High in nutritional value, forbidden rice is rich in iron. Unlike other black rice from Asia, it is not glutinous or rough. This grain is high in fiber and has a deep, nutty taste. Black forbidden rice is a deep black color and turns deep purple when cooked. Its dark purple color is primarily due to its high anthocyanin content [1] [2]. It has a relatively high mineral content (including iron) and, like most rice, supplies several important amino acids. - Courtesy WiKipedia

Here it is called as 'Kavini Arisi'. Actually i don't know what it means but it is used quiet popularly in the Chettiar households of South India. It should be easily available in the Asian stores.

Some of the dishes that can be made using kavini arisi/ Black rice is Sweetened version like a pudding, or Halwa which is a fudge like dessert or Kheer which is a syrupy dessert.

What is traditionally made at home is a 'Kavini Arisi Payasam'/ Kheer. The rice is broken and ground to a paste which is again cooked and sweetened and flavoured with cardamom.

But i have an interesting recipe which is a fusion of Thai and Indian.

Basically the rice is cooked and diluted with thick coconut milk. I add Rose syrup or Rosewater and bits of Lychees to it. I simply love the nutty taste of this rice which is further enhanced with sweet smelling rose syrup and juicy lychees. It tastes divine the second day.

I urge you to give it a try because it is unusual and will surely be enjoyed.

I used

1 cup black rice
2packets coconut milk - 400ml
Rose water - 2 to 3 tbsp
1/2 cup milk
sugar to taste
Tinned Lychees

Soak the rice overnight...

Boil 3 cups of water and pressure cook the rice till it turns nice and mushy..
You can use a masher to mash it up a little bit.

Now let the rice to cool for some time.

Add sugar , boiled milk and one packet of coconut milk and rose water and leave in the refrigerator to chill. When it has chilled completely add the second packet of coconut milk and give it a stir.

Chop the lychees into bits and mix it up.

Serve chilled.


purple said...

i'd give an arm and a leg for lychee.. brings back fond memories of having lychee ice creams on M G Road in Bangalore...

Rina said...

Nandini..nice to discover ur space...Black rice and lychee pudding sounds yum..Luv that last click so much..

Muneeba said...

I've always been fascinated with black rice ... this looks really scrumptious!

Veggie Belly said...

brilliant! lychees are a great idea for this! what a nice variation to the regular kavuni arisi dish.

The Purple Foodie said...

This is very interesting! I didn't know Black rice was native to India! I sw a pack of long grained basmati mixed with some black rice for an exorbitant price - I will check for this at my local S. Indian store now. Your dessert looks sooo interesting. Never had anything like that and I'm trying to conjure up the taste in my head. Happy, happy new year to you Nandini! :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A delightful dessert! That combo is fantastic!

Happy New Year!



Yashwanth said...

Looks absolutely delicious!! I can get only lychees here not black rice :(

Anu Menon said...

ive been wondering what to do with the forbidden rice i force purchased - jus cooking it like regular rice isnt getting me many takers