Black glutinous rice flour is not as commonly used as its white counterpart. However, it retains more of its other nutrients, making it a healthy food choice.
What is Black Glutinous Rice Flour?
Black glutinous rice flour or black sticky rice flour is the ground form of black glutinous rice. Black glutinous rice is short-grained, dark purple colored rice that turns sticky when cooked. It has a chewy texture and is considered a whole-grain alternative to white rice.
Because black glutinous rice is unprocessed, it retains more of its nutrients, making it a healthy food choice. In addition, the dark purple color shows that it is rich in antioxidants thanks to its anthocyanin content. It also has a high fiber content to help maintain the digestive tract and make you full for a longer time.
Is Black Glutinous Rice Flour Gluten-Free?
Yes, it is made from rice so it does not contain gluten. The “glutinous” term refers to the sticky nature of the rice and not the gluten protein found in wheat, barley, and rye. Rice is one of the most popular gluten-free grains for people with celiac disease.
Make The Black Glutinous Rice Flour From Scratch
The flour is pretty common here in Indonesia, but probably can hardly be found in other parts of the world. Fortunately, you can actually make black glutinous rice flour by yourself at home.
Just like making white glutinous rice flour, you can get the black glutinous rice grain and pulverize it into powder using a food processor or coffee grinder. Make sure to sift the ground powder. If any rice pieces are still too big to sift, grind them again until they can be sifted.