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Mardi Gras colors = Purple, Green, and Gold - n'est pa?
So I'm messin around in the kitchen last month - cookin white rice for the family...I thought I'd *pretty up* the plain looking white rice by adding some *flecks* of black by adding some black rice (available from an Asian market). Set the rice (white and black) in the steamer and let it go for 20 minutes as usual. When I lifted the cover on the steamer, I was surprised to find that the natural (black) color from the black rice had diluted itself evenly into the white rice giving the white rice an almost velvety purple hue... cool :-)
So my head starts thinkin...Purple, green and gold (rice, peas, and carrots) Mardi Gras colors!
You could swap out other green and gold vegetables to create your own dish.
I had originally done this with a sticky white rice ('sushi' rice), but I spose it would probably work fine with regular white rice...not sure how it would work with brown rice.
Comment 2: Mix the black and white rice together before cooking (another words, don't just 'dump' a quantity of black rice on top of the white rice)
Have fun experimenting with this if you are an experimenting type...it would be fun to see some (purple rice) Mardi Gras plates posted here if anybody comes up with anything interesting.
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