I found this beautiful purple rice called “Black Rice” at the farmers market. I had no clue what to do with it!! Once I got it home, I discovered that it is used as a dessert rice. After a bit of research, I came up with this delicious recipe. It’s wonderful served either warm or cold.

Black Rice with Coconut Milk, Oranges and Almonds

Rating: 3

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: Eight servings

Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Calories per serving: 350

Fat per serving: 163 fat cal, total fat 18g

Nutrition Facts: 350 calories for 1/2 cup servng, 163 fat caloies, total fat 18g, sodium 37mg, total carbohydrates 45.1g, dietary fiber 4.5g, protein 7.7g
This was tasty, but it’s not a family favorite. The coconut milk made it high in fat and sugar.


  • 1 pound dry weight of black rice
  • 1 can of coconut milk, 13.5 ounces
  • Water equal to the same volume as the rice (measure the rice in a measuring cup)
  • 1 tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1/2 cup of slivered almonds
  • 1 small can of mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/3 cup of chopped dates
  • Dash of Ground Cinnamon


  1. Soak the black rice in water overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse before cooking.
  3. Be very careful because the liquid stains everything it touches!!
  4. Black Rice does not cook well in the rice cooker, so I made it the old fashioned way on the stove.
  5. Put 1 tbsp. of sesame oil in hot frying pan.
  6. Added 1 pound (dry weight) of the still moist black rice to the pan and sautéed it for a few minutes.
  7. In a large pot, add water equal to the same volume of rice plus 1 can of coconut milk.
  8. Bring to a boil before adding the black rice.
  9. Stir in the black rice and turned the temperature to Low.
  10. Stir several times to keep the rice from sticking.
  11. Simmer and steam the black rice for about 30 minutes to absorb all of the liquid.
  12. The black rice is a bit sticky by nature.
  13. Add 1/2 cup of slivered almonds, 1 small can of mandarin oranges, drained, 1/3 cup of chopped dates and a dash of ground cinnamon.
  14. Stir it all together.
  15. Serve warm or cold.
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