June 17, 2012

Black Rice Salad with Mangoes & Tangerines

This is week 2 of BM# 17 for me and for this week, my theme for this week is "Summer Salads". We are not big salad eaters and I prefer my veggies cooked than raw. I know a lot of people who would order salad at a restaurant I'd rather eat something cooked and hearty than a salad. But for this week, I tried 3 different salads that can be put together in no time, but at the same time they are hearty and healthy. 

I wanted to incorporate some kind of a grain in all my salads making them a complete meal instead of just a "salad". Also with the summer temperatures slowly creeping up, these quick cooking meals get done without a sweat and a lighter on the stomach too.

For the first day, I made this black rice and mango salad, recipe adapted from Bon Appetit. Black rice was one of those impulse purchases from Costco and I was looking for recipes to use it. When I found this salad recipe, I was very excited to try it. 

Black rice is a deep, rich black color when raw due to the covering of dark bran. It becomes a beautiful shade of purple when cooked. Black is a great alternate to white or brown rice because it is loaded with antioxidants, vitamin E and fiber, and has a delicious, slightly sweet, nutty taste.
Ingredients:
Black Rice - 2 cups
Mangoes - 2 just-ripe, peeled and diced
Tangerines - 6, peeled and segmented (or use 2 oranges)
Orange/ Yellow or Red Pepper - finely diced
Green onions/ scallions - 6, thinly sliced
Roasted unsalted peanuts - ½cup
 
For the Dressing:
Tangerine/ Orange juice - ¼cup  
Lime juice - ¼cup
Soy sauce - 1tbsp
Vegetable oil - 2tbsp
Salt & Pepper - to taste

Method:
  • Rinse rice under cold water; add 2cups of water and pinch of salt to rice, bring to a boil on medium high heat. Lower the heat to low and cook covered until rice is tender and most of the water is absorbed, about 35minutes. Turn off the heat and let the rice stand covered for at least 10 minutes.
  • While the rice is cooking, prepare the fruits and the dressing. For the dressing, combine all the ingredients in a medium bowl and set aside.
  • Spread the rice on a baking sheet and sprinkle with dressing. Let cool. 
  • Place mangoes and all the other ingredients in a large bowl, toss the rice gently; season with salt and more lemon juice if desired.
 
Lets check out what my fellow marathoners have been cooking up for BM# 17.

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22 comments:

  1. I remember seeing this recipe in Bon appetit magazine when I was searched for summer salads. Salad is wholesome and healthy. Like the plate you served it in! :)

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    2. Thanks Usha. I think I bought that plate at Crystal warehouse sale.

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  2. Looks very colourful and healthy!!!I may not geti in Chennai...

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  3. How colourful!..very interesting Pavani..

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  4. what a GORGEOUS salad! I love that forbidden rice! So dramatic! and it has such a great texture too! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I have never used black rice. Sounds interesting and the salad is colorful and healthy.

    Vardhini
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  6. I've only used this rice before to make Thai rice pudding - this salad sounds tasty

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  7. Never heard of black rice. Salad looks so nice...

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  8. Omg, wat a colourful and interesting salad, well done.

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  9. Wonderful salad, love the combo of tangerines and mangoes in the salad. Super...Jayanthi(www.sizzlingveggies.com)

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  10. Wow this looks so gorgeous.I wouldn't mind having a salad like this every day..

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  11. very interesting!!!!love the colurs!

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  12. Black rice is completely new to me. Salad looks so colorful.. Love the presentation

    Divya's Culinary Journey
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  13. I have never tried black rice..sounds interesting. How is the texture Pavani?


    Veggie/Fruit A Month-June (Blueberry)

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    1. Harini, texture is a little similar to brown rice, but less chewy and pleasant. I actually preferred the texture of black rice than brown rice. Do try it out, I'm sure you'll like it.

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  14. Its funny how we Indians like the veggies cooked than raw. I used to make a rice salad with basmati rice, which was quite filling.

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  15. Interesting one. Now you mentioned that it tastes better than brown rice, I need to try this.

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