Forbidden Rice Porridge

Forbidden Rice Porridge

I’m a “porridge girl”, I love all manner of porridges; give me grain or seed and I’ll figure out a way to turn it into breakfast come morning; it’s not like it’s a hard task – all I need is a pot and some water

Porridge is comforting, filling and oh so familiar; I can’t remember a time when it wasn’t a part of my life.

In recent years I’ve been looking beyond the traditional corn and oat cereals I grew up with, I’ve experimented with a handful of grains and seeds like buckwheat, amaranth, polenta, cracked wheat, wheat berries, millet, quinoa, bulgur…

I like simple foods that pack a flavour punch, the porridges I make are usually creamy and pudding-like, when topped with fruit, nuts and more nut-milk goodness, it’s almost like having dessert for breakfast.

Forbidden Rice Porridge

I’ve been itching to try this forbidden rice porridge ever since I saw it here, then I saw it again recently, and like fate, it was topped with passion fruit and mango – guess what I had languishing on my counter? Passion fruit and mangoes!

The porridge sounded lovely, like something I’d wake up early on a weekend morning for. I’ve always thought black rice would be wonderful in dessert or pudding-like recipes with it’s naturally sweet and nutty aromatic flavours.

Rice porridge isn’t new to me; there was ‘rice water’ when I was a kid, it’s white rice cooked in plenty of water until almost mushy and the water turns thick and glutinous, it’s a popular breakfast food in Ghana.

I love, love this porridge, it’s rich creamy texture, the sweet nutty flavour and it’s so fragrant – there’s a bit of nutmeg and vanilla in this recipe to compliment the natural aroma of the rice.

It does transport you to tropical locales; fields of rice and coconut trees on deserted beaches with the bluest waters.

This porridge can be made overnight in a slow-cooker, use your favourite fruits and/or nuts, I’d even try dollop of whipped coconut cream for more coconut-ey creamy goodness.

Forbidden Rice Porridge


Forbidden Rice Porridge


  • 1 cup forbidden rice (black rice), rinsed and soaked overnight
  • 1 1/2 cup coconut milk (or 1 16oz can coconut milk), plus more for serving
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 2 – 3 cups water
  • Maple syrup (or sugar) to taste
  • Toasted coconut flakes for topping
  • Chopped fresh fruit for topping
  • Toasted nuts (like almond, peanuts, walnuts etc.) for topping (optional)


  1. Drain rice, rinse (again) and place in a pot with coconut milk, salt, vanilla extract, nutmeg and coconut oil
  2. Add 2 – 3 cups water, stir and bring to a boil over medium-high heat
  3. Reduce heat, cook covered and let it simmer for about 30 – 35, until rice is very tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed
  4. Stir frequently and add more water or coconut milk if porridge becomes too thick
  5. Ladle porridge into bowls, add more coconut milk, drizzle with maple syrup or sugar, and top with coconut flakes and chopped fruit and/or nuts
  6. Enjoy!


Forbidden Rice Porridge

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  • Reply Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    E- my version of this is with coconut milk but plain ole white rice. This looks so much more lush. PS this wknd I made a version of your baharat spiced salsa with chickpeas. Not only did the house smell fab as I was making it but it tasted mighty fine. Wil let you know when I blog about sometime in the summer.

    15 May, 2014 at 2:06 am
    • Reply Elsa

      I love the plain white rice one too, I want try it with cocoa powder next time. 🙂 glad you loved the salsa, isn’t baharat the best? Can’t wait to see it on the blog!

      17 May, 2014 at 1:16 pm
  • Reply Katie @ Produce on Parade

    I love forbidden and red rice, it’s all I use!

    15 May, 2014 at 5:22 pm
    • Reply Elsa

      Me too! Although I don’t use my red rice as I should, I need to check out some of your red rice recipes. 🙂

      17 May, 2014 at 1:19 pm
  • Reply Elsa

    Ooh…I just looked up pictures of Dalia and it looks divine! It’s something I’d definitely like. Thanks for the recommendation, can’t wait to try it. 🙂

    17 May, 2014 at 1:23 pm
  • Reply dederka

    that looks very yum. i have a pack of black rice that i have been keeping since winter for something special, maybe it’s really fate! 🙂

    26 May, 2014 at 9:46 am
    • Reply Elsa

      Yes! It is fate! you really should try this porridge, you’ll love it 🙂

      27 May, 2014 at 4:43 pm
  • Reply EMLChach

    This looks amazing..soaking the rice tonight so I can have this for breakfast tomorrow morning!

    23 July, 2014 at 1:47 pm
    • Reply Elsa

      Enjoy, hope you like it! 🙂

      24 July, 2014 at 3:27 pm

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