Fried rice is one of the most versatile staple dishes in Asian cuisine and traditionally made with white rice. It can be eaten as a snack, or as part of any meal. If you want it light and fluffy as opposed to stodgy, use day old cooked rice, where the moisture has been absorbed into the grains.
Black Venus rice is one of my latest favourite finds. This is a whole grain rice with a dark purple hue and a delicious nutty flavour. It is known in China as ‘forbidden rice’ or ‘Emperor’s rice’ – grown for the Emperor and his court in the 18th century. Rich in fibre, minerals, antioxidants and with a host anti-inflammatory properties, this beautiful rice is set to become a real star in 2017.
The black Venus rice I used in this recipe comes from Piedmont, Italy. You will find it in your local health store. A little word of warning: rinse this rice really well as it leaves a black scum in your saucepan which it is rather hard to remove.