Mixing white and black rice?

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Hi, I saw a bento blog a while ago where onigiri were made by mixing black (thai?) rice and regular white sushi rice. Result was really nice-looking black-purple onigiri! I didn't bookmark the page so can't find it anymore...but I'd really like to try it, too. Has anyone tried mixing black and regular rice? Any opinions what kind/brand of black rice works best?
I don't own rice cooker so I usually boil the rice or microwave it, but I think I'll just have to experiment with cooking times then.

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maki
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Re: Mixing white and black rice?

The black rice you are thinking of is called kokumai in Japanese. It's also popular in Korea, so you probably can find it the easiest at a Korean market like H-Mart. You just cook a handful of it with regular white rice, and it turns the whole thing a very striking purple color. Plus kokumai is supposed to be quite good for you!

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Re: Mixing white and black rice?

Oh, and you can just use the regular settings on your rice cooker to cook the kokumai mixed with regular rice. It's sort of treated like zakkokumai - see my zakkokumai post here.

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Re: Mixing white and black rice?

I haven't seen black rice before - so I'll be curious to see what answers you get too. ;)

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Re: Mixing white and black rice?

My grandmother has a friend who makes a lovely coconut-flavored dessert with this rice. Her instructions to me (as passed through my grandmother) were "just buy the black rice, cook it, and mix it with coconut milk." The end result was as sticky as sushi rice.

The package of rice is also likely to come with cooking instructions. Please let us know how this turns out! I'd really like to try it too.

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Re: Mixing white and black rice?

I've made that dessert, but you steam the rice rather than boiling it. It's glutinous rice, so very sticky indeed.

I've made both of these:
http://www.khiewchanta.com/archives/desserts/black-sticky-rice-pudding-k...
http://www.khiewchanta.com/archives/desserts/golden-haired-rice-kao-niew...

And this one - I'm sure you could do it with black rice too:
http://www.khiewchanta.com/archives/desserts/mango-sticky-rice-with-coco...

But the one I usually make is like the third one, except I dissolve the sugar in coconut cream instead of water and use a bit more so the pudding is moister. Then I don't pour thickened coconut cream over it. It's delicious.

You don't actually need a Thai steamer, I use the ordinary steamer insert that came with my pots and line it with muslin to stop the rice falling through the holes.

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Re: Mixing white and black rice?

Thank you for the answers! I couldn't find japanese black rice (kokumai?) but found a packet of thai black rice instead. I'm sure the onigiri will still stick together as the packet says it's sticky rice. And if I only need a handful like Maki said most of it will be normal white rice anyway. I think I'm going to try it tonight!
Bronwyn the desserts look absolutely delicious! I want to try the black rice pudding too! And I'm quite intriqued by the "Golden haired rice" as it says to garnish the pudding with pork hair. Real pork hair? I see there's lots of unfamiliar flavors I haven't yet tasted in this world...
I'll post a photo of my black onigiri here if I manage to make them! Any suggestions what's a good place to upload photos - can I link them here? I don't have blog or website...

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Re: Mixing white and black rice?

Pork hair is pork meat that's been seasoned and shredded and dried so it's like candy floss. It's also called flossy pork. I made that dessert as one of four choices in a dinner party, and you should have seen people's faces when I asked who wanted the non-vegetarian dessert! Four men immediately volunteered.

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Re: Mixing white and black rice?

My husband has gotten quite fond of making candied bacon for parties, people a slightly suspicious at first but somehow it ends up disappearing within minutes (every time).

Candied Bacon:
1/2 lb American bacon
4 tbps brown sugar
kosher salt

Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and separate the bacon slices. Sprinkle 2 tbsp of brown sugar per pan. Bake at 425 for 10-20 minutes or until the bacon is brown and crisp. Immediately sprinkle on some kosher salt once you remove them from the oven.

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Re: Mixing white and black rice?

Never heard of that before, or about candied bacon...Sounds interesting! I bet my boyfriend would volunteer, too ;)

Just to let you know, my black/white rice onigiri turned out perfect! They hold together really well and have very strange yet beautiful purplish hue. Yum! I used about 200 ml normal white rice and about 50 ml black rice. I think black rice would need longer time to cook / steam, now the black grains are just a tad uncooked ... but it actually gives the onigiri nice a bit crunchy texture, but as it's just few grains here and there it doesn't feel like eating half-cooked rice :)

Amy
Re: Mixing white and black rice?

The bag of black rice I recently bought said to soak the rice for 3 or 4 hours before cooking it in a 1:3 ratio with the white rice - I did, and it cooked nicely.

Aqua
Re: Mixing white and black rice?

For those of you looking for black rice and other interesting rice types on the mainland US, who perhaps don't have access to an Asian market, you can find several kinds of rice (including the black sticky Thai and golden rice) under the brand Alter-Eco at Whole Foods, which has branches in several major city centers.

Cheers!
~Aqua

anon.
Re: Mixing white and black rice?

My Japanese friend mixes black rice with sushi rice and I have also tried this recently.
For every cup of sushi rice I cook I add 1Tbsp of black rice.

Carina
Re: Mixing white and black rice?

Hello, all,

My name is Carina Storrs, and I am writing a story about black rice for Health.com. It will cover some recent studies of the antioxidant content in black rice. I am hoping to get in touch with someone who has started eating and cooking with black rice. I'm curious how you found out about it, how it tastes, how you've been using it (as a substitute for white/brown rice?).

Please email me if you would be willing to share your story at storrsc [at] gmail [dot] com. My deadline is the end of the day tomorrow, Tuesday Aug 24.

Thanks for your help!
Carina

Re: Mixing white and black rice?

Isn't the black rice a wholegrain rice? Then black and white rice would have different cooking times, which should be considered.

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