Wild Black Rice

Wild rice is my favorite side dish. You can serve the rice with a mushroom dish or with beyond meat balls. The recipe I am going to share with you will be rich with spices and vegetable taste. The mixture of cardamom, clove, and cinnamon with red bell pepper and onion will give this rice dish a special flavor. 

To start making this recipe, you will need the following: 

  • Half onion cut in small cubes
  • 10 cardamom
  • 5 cloves
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • Half red bell pepper cut in small cubes
  • Vegetable stock cube
  • 2 cubs of wild black rice
  • 7 cups of water
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 3 tbsp of virgin olive oil  
  • 1 tsp of black pepper   

Steps to Prepare

Step 1:

wash the rice in warm water and soak for 10 mins and set a side in the warm water.  

Step 2:

In a medium sized pot with high heat, add the olive oil, vegetable stock cube, onion and simmer for 2 mins. Then add the cloves, red bell pepper, salt and black pepper. Simmer until the onion is brown. When the onion is brown, add all 7 cups of water to the pot. Let the water boil and then add the cinnamon sticks, and cardamom. 

Step 3:

Add the rice to the pot when water is boiling on high heat. (Add only the rice to the boiled water, remember that we soaked the rice in water in step 1. We should remove the water after soaking the rice and not add it to the pot with the rice. 

Step 4:

Let rice cook in high heat and stir frequently (ensure rice does not stick to the bottom of the pot). Wild rice takes time to absorb the water. After 20 mins on high heat, reduce heat to medium/low when you see the water level is low. Let cook for another 10 mins. 

When rice absorbs the water completely, you can then serve the rice and garnish with parsley. 


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