The last time you had your Biryani was probably not that long ago, we know. White rice and Chicken just go hand-in-hand. White rice is milled rice, that is, it goes through the process of getting ‘cleansed’ by removing its husk, bran and germ. You know what the sad part is? These three components are the most nutritious part of the grain!

 

The Key Competitor
White Rice is often compared with Brown Rice. Brown rice is a gluten-free whole grain, which means that the components removed while milling the White Rice are not removed in the process of getting the brown cousin ready for your plate.

The best part of Brown Rice is that it can replace White Rice in most of the dishes an the key ingredient, and can make the meal relatively healthier.


The League of Extraordinary Grain-tlemen
The alternatives are not restricted to just the first cousins (brown rice), but also to the distant relatives such as Couscous, Quinoa, and Millets.

Quinoa is the latest trend in the food industry, especially due to its well-earned title of being a ‘Superfood’. It is commonly used as a substitute for rice, however let it be known that it is in fact a seed and not a grain. A good source of protein, iron, magnesium and is fibrous. It is also great for those allergic to Gluten.

High in protein, and gluten-free!

Couscous is a Mediterranean grain which is not as calorific as the others mentioned above, and is sugar and fat-free. It is also a rich source of ‘Selenium’, an antioxidant that helps fight inflammation and cholesterol levels. It is also a rich source of fibre.  

Millets are a group of highly variable small-seeded grasses and are nutritionally comparable to to major cereals and serve as good source of protein, micronutrients and phytochemical.


The Dark Horse
The Black Rice are also known as the ‘Forbidden Rice’, since the common folk in Ancient China were forbidden to cultivate and consume it. Such bureaucracy. Thankfully, they are no longer forbidden and we can enjoy their benefits including being beneficial for the skin, heart and guts. It is also a gold mine for antioxidants as well as helps in controlling blood sugar levels. Oh and of course the black colour makes it look super cool to eat and serve!

Dare to tame the dark horse?


So allow me to introduce you to Healthie! Their expertise isn’t limited to the Black Strip in the spectrum.
Beyond the forbidden fruit, they even serve served packed in vegetarian as Chicken Bowls of Superfoods like Quinoa and Brown Rice.

So now you know that White Rice are not the end of the line, and there’s more to food than just colourless grains. Be adventurous – add some colour and texture to your food and thereby life!

 

By Karan Khanna