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Thai Forbidden Rice Salad


1 cup Thai black rice (also called forbidden rice)
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoon tamari
2 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
juice of 1/2 lime
1/2 teaspoon  sambal oelek  or other hot chili paste
1 cup roasted, unsalted cashews (used toasted slivered almonds)
1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1/2 yellow bell pepper, finely chopped
6 green onions, thinly sliced

Put the rice, 2 cups water, and a pinch of salt in a pan.  Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce the heat, and simmer gently until the liquid is absorbed and the rice is tender, about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk the tamari, sesame oil, lime juice, and sambal oelek or chili paste together in a salad bowl.

Add the cashews, red and yellow bell peppers, and green onions.

When the rice is ready, add it to the mixture and toss to coat everything well.

Add salt, pepper, and additional sambal oelek or lime juice to taste.  Serve warm or at room temperature.

*Black rice is my new found love, it has super nutty flavour. It is a perfect side dish for meat or seafood. The best thing is it is way less calories of all the rice. enJOY!!!

Source: Barefoot Kitchen Witch