Black rice has a slightly sweet and nutty flavor that is so delicious with heat and spice, so I decided to pair it with some Thai flavors in this dish. L.A. has an incredible Thai Town that I’ve been exploring for years. I love Thai cuisine for its balance of all the flavor experiences at once: spicy, salty, sweet, savory, sour and bright.
Meanwhile, combine the tomatoes, bell peppers, lemongrass, ginger, garlic, cumin, fish sauce, lime juice and chili paste in a small pot over medium-low heat and cook, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes.
Add the shrimp to the pot and cook, stirring, until the shrimp are just pink, about 3 minutes. Stir in the cilantro and basil and serve over the black rice. While the lemongrass adds amazing flavor, it’s very fibrous so make sure to either remove it before serving or just eat around it.