- large lead-free earthenware clay pot with cover
- rice cooker
- frying pan
|Sprout rice and beans (note 3): Prepare this step three days prior to cooking the dish. To sprout the rice, place in a large bowl, cover with water two inches above rice, add lemon juice and let soak overnight. Drain rice, place in a sprouting jar or colander, and rinse with water twice daily. To sprout beans, place in a large bowl, cover with water for two inches above beans, let soak overnight. Drain yellow peas, place in a sprouting jar or in a colander and rinse with water twice daily. Within 2 to 3 days, both rice and beans should have tender sprouts. The volume of the sprouted rice and beans will increase by at least 50%.|
|Preheat oven to 350F.|
|Cook the beans: Place sprouted yellow peas in a large clay pot. Add 3 cups of water. The water will not fully cover beans. Add turmeric, baking soda, kombu and salt. Cover and bake until the beans are tender but al dente, about 1 hour. Turn off oven but leave clay pot in for another hour, to finish cooking. Most of the beans should still retain the shape while they are soft and tender. Remove kombu for stock.|
|Cook the rice: Place rice and remaining 3 cups of water in a rice cooker (note 4). Alternatively, use a saucepan on a stove top. Add the same rice to water ratio. Bring it to a boil uncover first. Lower heat and cover for 15-20 minutes until rice is al-dente. Turn of the heat, let the rice rest, covered for 5 more minutes.|
|Prepare garnish: Add olive oil to a frying pan with medium high heat. Sautee shallots until they are caramelized, about 5 minutes.|
|To assemble, place black rice on a plate first and add yellow beans on top. Drizzle with sesame oil. Sprinkle with shallots and sesame seeds. Peanuts and coconut flakes are also optional garnish. Add additional salt if needed.|
|Serve warm immediately or at room temperature.|
2. Yellow peas, also known as Vantana white peas, can be found in Indian grocery stores. They are also available online at http://shop.khanapakana.com/swad-vatana-white-white-peas-2-lb-907-grams/
3. Although sprouting would provide better nutritional benefits, if you have less time, you can simply soak the beans overnight. The result for sprouting varies depending on the type of beans and grains also.
4. Sprouted rice needs less water. The ratio of sprouted rice to water is 1 to 1.5.
Rice and beans are known for their complete protein when combined. Thai glutinous wild black rice is full of nutrition, containing antioxidants, amino acids, magnesium, iron, minerals and B vitamins. It also has anthocyanin, an antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) claims black rice is good for kidneys, stomach and liver. Yellow peas (White Vatana) are known for lowering cholesterol and regulating blood sugar level. Because of its high potassium, it is also good for lowering high blood pressure. Turmeric is a powerful medicine long used in TCM and Ayurvedic Medicine as an anti- inflammatory agent.