Black japonica rice
Rice is the staple food of over half the world’s population. Black Japonica is a combination of Asian black short-grain rice and medium-grain mahogany rice that were grown together in the same field. It is available in well-stocked food stores, gourmet shops, and through mail order. When cooked it provides a nutty mushroom flavor coupled with a subtle, sweet spiciness and juicy texture that goes well as a side dish, in rice salads, casseroles, as a stuffing for turkey or bell peppers, or in stir-fried foods. It also combines well with other rices. Its dark color turns the cooking water a purplish brown. Black Japonica rice is full in natural vitamins, minerals and fiber and is very healthy ingredient.
Cooking Black japonica rice
- 1 cup black japonica rice
- 2 cups water or broth
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Combine in rice-cooker; takes about 50 minutes to cook.
- Alternately place in pot, cover with tight sitting lid, bring to boil, simmer on low 50 minutes or until all water is absorbed.
- Butter may be omitted.
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Frequently, crushed coriander seed is added, and variations may include the addition of other herbs such as chervil, chives, parsley, etc. The ingredients are combined and allowed toinfuse or macerate (depending whether heat is applied or not) in the oil to create the sauce.
The sauce is usually served with shellfish, delicately flavoured white-fleshed fish such as cod, sole, etc.; it is sometimes served over pasta.
The sauce was popularised in the 1980s by Michel Guérard, a French chef, author, one of the founders of nouvelle cuisine, and the inventor of cuisine minceur, from Eugénie-les-Bains, Aquitaine, in south-western France; the sauce has since become a modern classic.
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