Lilac Rice

Serves 2 to 3

Lilac Rice

You often see a pinch of black rice added to white rice in Japanese home cooking, which gives it a soft lilac tint with a slightly smoky flavor and chewy texture. The more black rice you add, the more dramatic the effect. Cooking 100 percent black is a little intense in flavor for everyday use, I think (not to mention pricey), so I like to mix anything from a handful of black (for this lilac rice) to half-half (for deep purple rice), getting a lot of color out of one bag of black rice!

This richly hued lilac rice can be made with brown short-grain rice too, as I’ve done here!

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