Black Japonica Rice is truly "The Emperor's Rice"

Black Japonica has its historical roots in Northern China where it was known as, "The Emperor's Rice". It is a minimally processed rice; therefore, it tends to retain most of its natural nutritional value as well as its rich bran. Traditionally, it tends to be a sticky rice; however, this preparation allows the grains to remain loose and yet retain that somewhat chewy texture. This is a wonderful rice served both hot or chilled. This preparation is as follows:

1 cup of Black Japonica Rice
2 cups of water
1 tablespoon of sesame oil
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 teaspsoon of butter
6 oz. of coconut milk (170 ml)
1 red bell pepper, sliced and chopped
1 green Italian pepper, sliced and chopped
2 medium shallots, finely chopped
1 teaspoon of crushed garlic
2 teaspoons of fresh ginger, minced
3 pinches of red chili flakes
1 level teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of crushed black pepper

Heat the sesame oil and butter in a pan over medium heat. When butter is melted and begins to foam, add the uncooked rice and stir, bringing heat to medium high. Continue to stir for about a minute or so to toast rice. Now add your water, stir and bring to a boil. When boiling occurs, reduce heat to low and cover. Cook covered for about 40 min at low heat.

While rice is cooking, heat the olive oil in a pan over medium high heat. When oil begins to smoke slightly, add the peppers, shallots, and ginger, and saute for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. When peppers begin to brown, reduce heat to medium low and add the coconut milk and stir. Bring heat to low and add the remaining ingredients (crushed garlic, red chili flakes, salt, and pepper) and stir to blend everything together. Cover and allow to simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Once rice is cooked, drain any excess water there may be and add rice to the pan with the peppers and sauce. Stir so rice is completely coated. Taste for flavor and add more salt, pepper, and chili flakes to taste. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve hot. This is a delicious side dish that can be served with pan fried chicken strips or your favorite seafood, or you can eat it all by itself. Enjoy!


  1. I love the idea of this black rice and all the colorfunl things that would go with it! Nice catch Nick!Beautiful and it looks delicious.

  2. I love black sticky rice. And with coconut milk? That must be amazing!

  3. Love the black rice...this looks very tempting!

  4. I saw black rice for the first time at my market last week. I didn't buy it because I didn't know what to do with it, now thanks to you I do.

  5. Never made it before at home, but I'm loving this!!

  6. I have had black rice before, but not prepared with all of these flavors. This looks delicious!

  7. This looks interesting, and I'm always excited to find a new food to try. But where do you buy this? Is it at an average grocery store or do you need to buy it through a specialty shop? I've never seen it before.

  8. I like all the ingredients used to make this flavorful rice dish. Makes such a stunning presentation on a plate with the main.

  9. I love the idea of black rice, have never heard about this before so now I'm very curious to see if I can find this in France...

  10. I have yet to see this rice - but possibly because I haven't been listening??? This is just delicious- a definite addition to the "must do" list.

  11. What a gorgeous dish. The rice looks absolutely gorgeous but I don't have any idea where I'd find it.