Black Rice Bowls

This black rice recipe is topped with roasted pumpkin, Harissa, and goat cheese for a delicious, flavorful and healthy dinner! 

Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword black rice recipe, healthy dinners, meatless meals
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Author Taylor


  • For the rice:
  • 2 Cups water
  • 1 Cup Uncooked Black rice
  • Pinch of salt.
  • For the pumpkin:
  • 4 Cups Peeled Pumpkin chopped into 3/4 inch cubes (about 1 small pie pumpkin)
  • 2 tsp Olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp Harissa
  • 1/2 Tsp Garlic minced
  • Salt
  • For the Pepitas:
  • 1/4 Cup Pepitas
  • 1/2 tsp Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Additional:
  • 1 Tbsp Cumin seeds
  • 1/2 Cup Cilantro roughly chopped (or to taste)
  • 2 Oz Goat cheese crumbled
  • Additional Harissa for garnish
  • Salt to taste


  1. Begin by combining the water are the black rice in a large sauce pan with a pinch of salt. Bring to a boil and then turn down to low, cover, and simmer until all the water is absorbed, about 1 hour. Let stand for 15 minutes, without stirring, and then gently fluffy with a fork.
  2. While the rice cooks, preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  3. In a large bowl, toss together the pumpkin cubes, 2 tbsp olive oil, and 1 Tbsp of garlic. Mix until the pumpkin is evenly coated and then place the cubes onto a baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and roast until fork tender, about 10-15 mins.
  4. Combine the pepitas and olive oil in a small bowl and spread out onto a small baking tray. Sprinkle with salt and place into the oven during the last 5 minutes that the pumpkin cooks, so that they are lightly toasted.
  5. Place the cumin seeds in a small, dry pan set on high heat and toast, stirring constantly until lightly golden brown and fragrant, just a minute or so. Transfer them to a chopped board and crush them using the underside of a glass cup. You can also use a spice grinder if you want them really fine. Toss the crushed cumin seeds into the cooked rice and stir so that it gets evenly distributed throughout the rice.
  6. Divide the cooked rice between 4 bowls. The divide the pumpkin, pepitas, chopped cilantro and crumbled goat cheese. Garnish with additional Harissa and salt (if needed) and DEVOUR!