Black Venus Rice Salad with Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Pistachios | © 2011 |

Black Venus Rice is a medium-grain rice with a dark purple colour and a mild, nutty taste that requires slightly longer cooking time than traditional white rice. This black rice, with Chinese roots and modern Italian applications, is also know as "forbidden rice" or "emperor’s rice".
With a mix of luscious textures, rich flavours and bright colours, this salad makes for a delicious and nutritious lunch.

  • 300 g Sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 200 g Black Venus rice
  • 350 ml Water
  • 2 Scallions, chopped (or parsley)
  • 1 handful Pistachios
  • 3 tbsp White balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Orange juice
  • 2 tbsp Argan oil
  • Diced mango, optional
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C/400F. Toss the diced sweet potatoes, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl. Toss well and place them in a single layer on a baking tray. Roast for 20 minutes until they are fork tender.
  2. Bring black rice and water to a boil in a sauce pot on high heat. Season lightly with salt. Cover, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes.
  3. Add white balsamic, argan oil, and orange juice in a bowl. Whisk to blend. Mix the rice, roasted sweet potatoes, chopped scallions, pistachios, diced mango if using and dressing. Toss gently to combine. Taste to season. | © 2011 | | © 2011 | | © 2011 |


Baker Street 24/10/12 06:26

The nutty flavor of the rice is so well paired with the pistachios and sweet potatoes! This would make for an incredibly delicious and healthy lunch :)

susan 24/10/12 06:31

oh great... never heard of this rice before.. how does it taste....

Cooking Rookie 24/10/12 07:37

This looks like a really healthy comfort food, and just in season :-). Great recipe!

Veena Theagarajan 24/10/12 07:57

I love black rice.. This combination looks great!

Guru Uru 24/10/12 09:05

Such a healthy and delicious combination :)

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Rosa's Yummy Yums 24/10/12 09:46

Beautiful and scrumptious! This rice dish is great.



Elin Chia 24/10/12 10:23

This looks so healthy :) I want some too ! Have a nice day Angie.

Mich - Piece of Cake 24/10/12 10:38

I have never come across this rice before. It looks delicious with sweet potatoes, pistachios and orange juice.

Paula @ Vintage Kitchen 24/10/12 11:08

Wild rice has a great flavor, but I´ve never seen this type. I find one that´s long and thin. A gorgeous salad Angie, love the idea of sweet potatoes and orange in it!

Happy Cook / Finla 24/10/12 11:08

Wowo never had this rice, looks beautiful and delicious recipe too.

Lite Home Bake 24/10/12 11:16

This looks delicious and the condiments are so interesting! I have never heard of this rice, will try to look out if it's available here. Thanks for sharing

Belinda @zomppa 24/10/12 12:09

That is a beautiful dish! So chock full of nutrition too only makes it more appealing.

StephenC 24/10/12 12:22

Since moving back to DC I don't know where to find forbidden rice. Perhaps at the oh-so-far-away Asian market. I had totally forgotten about it.

Anonymous 24/10/12 12:30

Such an amazing contrast in color with the black rice and bright orange sweet potatoes and green pistachios - gorgeous!

Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen 24/10/12 12:35

I must try this. I have a bag of black rice, a gift from a foodie friend. Thanks Angie.

Helene Dsouza 24/10/12 12:45

You know I have been looking for this rice type for ages now, nobody seems to seel it in my austrian town and here in goa you can forget it anyway. We were introduced to it in a rice testing session in college time, apparently its super nutritious (Thiamin!). Thanks for sharing Angie!

Emma @ Food, Fork and Good 24/10/12 13:19

Have to say I'm intrigued. Everyone says this looks healthy, and it certainly does, but my first thought was how colourful it looked and How tasty it would be!!

kitchen flavours 24/10/12 13:29

This is an interesting salad! I have never heard of this rice before, would love to try this!

JasmyneTea 24/10/12 13:48

Well I haven't heard of black venus rice, but I'm definitely going to look for it now!

Anne Regalado 24/10/12 15:02

A complete meal by itself ! The texture and flavor of that rice must be really good !

Anonymous 24/10/12 15:03

wow... looks gorgeous!! nuts with sweet potatoes and rice, yumm :)

lisa is cooking 24/10/12 15:13

The black rice and orange sweet potato make this perfect for Halloween! Sounds delicious too.

Sweet Posy Dreams 24/10/12 15:33

This rice is new to me. Love the color. I'll have to look for it. Pistachios make everything better!

Vicki Bensinger 24/10/12 17:04

This is beautiful! I love the black rice paired with the sweet potatoes - the colors really pop out. Everything about this is wonderful. I love rice salads and this is one I'll definitely try. I haven't used Argan oil so need to read up on that. Thanks for sharing.

No-Frills Recipes 24/10/12 17:11

Black venus rice is new to me but the 'additions' you put in really enhance the dish, very colourful. Thanks for sharing!

Nupur 24/10/12 17:25

It took me 10 seconds to realise this is Rice.. very well balaned recipes.. have to try this out now !!

lena 24/10/12 17:42

great to know about this rice that you said gives a nutty flavour,im sure all that you put in here blend very well with the rice!

Kitcheninspirations 24/10/12 17:50

It looks absolutely gorgeous, I think I may even have some of this gorgeous rice in my pantry. Now I'm sorry I didn't pick up the edible argon oil while in Morocco last year, I only brought back the cosmetic.

Catherine 24/10/12 17:58

Dear Angie, This is a beautiful presentation of classic veggies for the fall season. The colors are bright and this is a healthy salad to serve with the holiday dinner. Blessings dearest.Catherine xoxo

Priya 24/10/12 18:44

Colourful,catchy and absolutely flavourful.

Elisabeth 24/10/12 18:49

Love this wonderful and healthy black rice paired with the sweet of your endless awesome creations:)

Cheap Ethnic Eatz 24/10/12 19:38

Ah, i know it as forbidden rice, never hear Black lol. With the sweet potatoes and pistachios this salad pops with color.

Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies 24/10/12 21:34

I haven't tried forbidden rice yet, but I always want to buy it whenever I see it. It is so beautiful! And this salad is just perfect for fall.

Pam 24/10/12 22:59

Great combination of colors and textures!

Anonymous 25/10/12 01:25

This looks very good and so good for you. I have never heard of black rice before. Adding pistachios is great, I love them :)

Ilke 25/10/12 01:36

Great combination with sweet potatoes and pistachios. We are not eating white rice so much anymore. It is good to find healthy versions of it. Hope you are enjoying the fall! :)

rita cooks italian 25/10/12 02:08

I've tried black rice only took ages to cook! But what a taste! This salad is colourful and packed with flavours, I should cook more sweet potatoes...

ping 25/10/12 02:36

Gorgeous colors, Angie! Would this be anything close to black glutinous rice? First I've heard of the name ... Venus, how interesting!

Kiran @ 25/10/12 04:25

I've never heard of black venus rice, and it looks so delicious in this recipe! Comfort food at its best!

Aldy @ Al Dente Gourmet 25/10/12 04:40

Sweet Angie, This looks absolutely delightful! I've never tried black venus rice and now I'm really curious! I'm loving this salad :)

Hugs <3

Medeja 25/10/12 07:43

I have never tried such rice! But it looks so interesting!

Jeannie Tay 25/10/12 08:14

A lovely way to serve up emperor's rice instead of just boiling it as a soup! Looks delicious too!

Munatycooking 25/10/12 12:14

Totally new to me but looks interesting. Would love to give it a try and see how it tastes. You always amaze me with your creative dishes :)

EA-The Spicy RD 25/10/12 15:11

Gorgeous dish! I am a big fan of Forbidden Rice, especially the nutty texture. On question though...what's argan oil? Can't wait to make this!

The Red Apron 25/10/12 15:18

I love black rice!
I have converted from brown to black.
I especially like it as a salad with mangoes.
This looks delicous angie.

Tricia 25/10/12 17:02

We love our black rice and use it every chance we get. Your addition of pistachios is so creative - I bet the crunch is terrific!

Gloria 25/10/12 17:08

absolutely amazing dear Angie I adore pistachios!!!

Joanne 25/10/12 17:40

It's like you somehow know exactly what I'm craving all the time. This looks awesome!

The Café Sucré Farine 25/10/12 17:41

I'll take a large order of this please! Oh my it looks fantastic. I think black rice is so fun!

Katerina 25/10/12 17:50

I have never tried rice like this one! The salad looks superb!

cquek 25/10/12 18:15

I truly love this recipe and combination of flavor

Jen @ The Scrumptious Pumpkin 25/10/12 18:59

With that beautiful deep purple color, I'm guessing this rice is super healthy - I'll have to look for it! :)

Asmita 25/10/12 19:31

This is such a beautiful salad! I love all the flavors! beautiful presentation too!

The Squishy Monster 25/10/12 20:23

I'm really enjoying the pistachios and vinegar in this, very nice!

Juliana 25/10/12 20:38

Wow, so interesting this rice...I never heard or seen it before. I like the idea of pistachio and the sweet potato...healthy!
Thanks for introducing me to this new rice and hope you are having a great week Angie :)

Anonymous 25/10/12 22:29

This is a very interesting type of rice and a wonderful recipe dear Angie. What a wonderful presentation, it is a very inviting dish X

kankana 25/10/12 23:56

I have slowly moved from white rice to brown rice and yet to try other varieties. This sounds like a perfect healthy meal.

Lizzy Do 26/10/12 02:09

Oh, I love this black rice! It is just stunning, especially with the pops of color from all the yummy add ins. Excellent salad, Angie!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 26/10/12 04:20

That is such a beautiful rice! I've never had it but would love to try some. Gorgeous photos.

Shulie Foodwanderings 26/10/12 04:29

Wow what a wonderful combination or flavors, complements each other so well. I love these sort of salads. Great leftovers!

Christine Ho 26/10/12 09:50

The combination of this salad is wonderful. Love to try it out cos I love the black rice.

Sanjeeta kk 26/10/12 11:12

Love all your recipes, Angie..they are so refreshing and healthy with some of the most unusual ingredients I have ever seen.

RavieNomNoms 26/10/12 16:28

This is so great! I love all the flavors and colors you have going on with this.

motherrimmy 26/10/12 18:09

Terrific combination of ingredients. I love that sweet potatoes aren't relegated to Thanksgiving anymore. My coworker introduced me to forbidden rice awhile ago. I love the dramatic presentation it makes.

teresa 26/10/12 18:55

oh i love this, it looks fantastic!

Frank @ Kraemers Culinary Blog 26/10/12 18:57

Your pictures just look awesome and they are so appetizing! I like the ingredients you used. The combination of sweet potatoes, pistachios, orange juice etc is excellent.

Rosita Vargas 26/10/12 19:12

¡Qué bella propuesta me encanta ! abrazos y abrazos.

Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook 26/10/12 20:59

Looks fantastic, Angie. I have to look for the black rice.

Anonymous 26/10/12 22:36

Mmm looks healthy and delicious! Love the colors. x

Cucina49 26/10/12 23:03

There is a lot going on with this salad. It looks just luscious!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen 26/10/12 23:12

The black rice is so stunning, Angie! A delightful salad with lots of delicious flavors.

Balvinder Ubi 27/10/12 01:57

You always bring a new ingredient in your recipes. Though I have never seen this rice but your salad sounds delicious with all lovely flavors.

Amelia 27/10/12 05:38

Hi Angie, delicious rice salad. Love the combination and lovely presentation. 2 thumbs up for you.

Have a nice weekend, regards.

Anonymous 27/10/12 05:41

Wonderful recipe! I've had that rice once and it was so much fun to eat! Your dish looks beautiful!

tasteofbeirut 28/10/12 14:28

So glad you posted this! Now I know what to do with my leftover black rice!

Kelly Mulcair Registered Nutritionist. Content © 2011 Trinity Nutrition. 1/11/12 00:40

Black Venus... what a name!! Love the combination of brilliant colours and flavours here.

The Duo Dishes 2/11/12 06:24

Loving Thai black rice. It's really good for you...high in good-for-your-body properties. That should make anyone feel good for eating a big bowl of flavorful rice.

sally 4/11/12 22:30

Yum! I'd like a bowl of this salad about now. I'm sure it tastes as good as it looks!


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