Last night, I enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Rosang, a new restaurant in New Delhi. The food srved here reflects the flavors of the seven States of North-East India. Key ingredients in this cuisine are very similar to those in Thai cooking. Lemongrass, ginger, hot peppers, and wild rice.
The sticky, nutty bowl of wild rice was an instant hit with my taste buds. The restaurant owners, who hail from the State of Mizoram in North-Eastern India, told me that wild rice contains five times as much iron as the same amount of pomegranate. While I am not sure if this is true, the grain was delicious, and has some impressive health benefits. Take a look:
- Wild rice is a gluten free food.
- It does not contain sodium: good news for your blood pressure and your heart.
- It does take about an hour to cook, but rewards you with a lovely nutty flavor.
- It contains twice as much protein as brown rice.
- Wild rice can be eaten by diabetics, since it is actually a grass, and the grains are not polished or refined. Of course, small quantities are recommended.
- It is very rich in antioxidants—containing up to 30 times more than white rice! Which means regular consumption of wild rice protects you from disease and ageing.
- Because of its high fiber content, wild rice keeps your digestion smooth and helps lower cholesterol.
- Wild rice is a good source of essential minerals such as phosphorus, zinc and folate, which give you energy and nurture your bones.
- Vitamins A, C and E are essential for overall health and immunity. Wild rice contains these vital vitamins.
- A serving of wild rice is lower in calories than other rice varieties, so you can enjoy it without worrying about weight gain.