Forbidden Black Rice folded in with fresh mango chunks and refreshing cucumbers, beautiful red bell peppers to add color and spiced with jalapeno peppers and flavored with mint and some lime Zest for citrus tinge.
What a cool and refreshing salad when the weather is so bright and beautiful outside giving us a feel of approaching spring. 🙂
Lately, I have been trying to cook black rice regularly to bring out its perfect texture but something was amiss. Hmmm. In my endeavor of cooking black rice I realized one important thing that I need to be more patient. I also realized that reading instructions are so important which we often fail to do and the reason is, not because we don’t want to, it’s because we all are racing after the ticking clock and I am no different than any one of you. However, I have learnt from my mistakes. 🙂 . So cooking Black rice wasn’t difficult at all and the best part is no babysitting is required. Isn’t that amazing news. Well I always look forward to food that requires no or minimum babysitting.
So I finally read the package instructions properly and the perfect Black Rice was cooked. The irony starts here………..
I was ready with cooked black rice and didn’t have any plan to make a recipe. Doesn’t that sound weird?
Yes, it does. I sat near the window looking outside at the beautiful sunny sky and birds chirping and flying here and there and spring knocking on the door I remembered that there are (ripe) mangoes sitting in one my refrigerator shelf. 🙂 . I smiled and immediately knew what I wanted to create that day. 🙂
Black Rice Mango Salad was on my mind. 🙂
I happily went into my favorite space (kitchen) and started chopping the ingredients. I decided to flavor this salad with mint and cilantro both because mint gives a soothing aroma and freshness to the salad and cilantro adds to the flavor. I decided to use minimum spice because I wanted to bring out the flavor of all the fresh ingredients of the salad. I added cucumbers to cool down the recipe and red bell peppers to add color to this salad. I spiced it with fresh jalapeno peppers and crushed black pepper. Lime/lemon zest plays an important role in this salad recipe to bring out the citrus flavor and to enhance it I added some lime juice.
Within minutes Black Rice Mango Salad was ready and I fell in love with it in the first bite. I felt energetic, refreshed and delighted.
I was also happy because my husband who is not a salad person enjoyed it and the next day he asked me to make it again. This led to cooking (fixing) this Black Rice Mango Salad every day that whole week and therefore, I decided to share it with you all. 🙂