New to Navara Rice? Read on…
You are what you eat OR you eat what you are?
An interesting debate. if you carefully reread the sentence, the argument on both sides prove to be valid.
Research shows that you will become what you eat AND you only eat what you are, meaning your choice of food intake depends on who you are – your family history, your culture and your awareness.
Ingredients of any recipe to prepare a wholesome, tasty and healthy meal are not only essential, but also form the basis of a fabulous food with ultimate results.
This time, Curry2Night is proud to bring this article on ‘Navara Rice’.
A fantastic carb that is gluten free and packed with goodness of fiber, minerals and vitamins.
About Navara Rice
Navara rice (a word derived from Sanskrit ‘Nivara’, meaning prevention) is considered as the oldest type of rice variety. It is believed to have originated in ‘Treta Yuga’ and has been in use since ‘Ramayana’ times.
A dark red coloured, with sturdier and shorter sized grains, this variety is also loosely called red rice in some other Indian states.
A traditional rice renowned in Kerala, and customarily consumed during festive times making sure it is enjoyed often and becomes a part of the life.
In recent times, it has become more of an Ayurvedic medicine than a staple carb in our plate.
This fine variety of rice is gaining popularity due to its incredible properties of high fiber content, low GI value, zero gluten and excellent contents of vitamins and minerals.
Particularly, it is trusted as a boon for the diabetic patients since it aids in managing blood sugar levels.
Navara rice intake claimed to be providing high levels of energy throughout the day for those who have a busy lifestyle.
If you are a type of person who feels tired easily and gets hungry at more intervals, this rice could be a great source of energy and help avoid unhealthy snacking in between meals.
The beauty of this ancient variety of rice is, it is grown using vedic (also known as natural) farming methods. This traditional Indian farming method involves no harmful chemicals, no synthetic fertilisers but only plant based nutrients and natural pesticides.
Many farmers follow vedic farming, also called ZBNF method, conceptualised by Shri Subhash Palekar.
Vedic farming is not only good for the farmers since it involves no or very little investments but also provides immense benefits to the surrounding ecosystem and environment. The resulting crop from Vedic farming is rich in nutrients, bursting with taste and contains goodness for long term health.
Navara rice grown using these natural methods is an ideal option for a healthy lifestyle.
We all know the goodness of brown rice, but making it part of our daily diet is not that appealing, whereas Navara rice is highly medicinal and so much better to enjoy on a daily basis.
Navara rice intake claimed to be providing high energy levels throughout the day for those who have a busy lifestyle.
Due to its High GI it has got the wonderful characteristic of releasing sugar levels. Hence, most suitable for the diabatic patients.
When you choose Navara rice over common polished white rice, your weight loss goal could be achieved due to its high protein and fibre contents.
This miracle rice is traditionally a special ingredient in Kerala cuisine during festive rituals.
Our near and dear back in India also mentioned that the arthritis sufferers and knee joints problem patients are getting benefits by Navara rice intake.
Moreover, it's gluten free, hence suitable for those who are allergic to gluten.
For an enjoyable side dish, rice is the popular choice. But, too much intake of rice could result in increased sugar levels.
Switching to Navara rice not only provides a healthy option, but also presents a tastier and unique textured dish.
Cooking this dark red colour rice requires a little bit of preparation.
- Soak rinsed and cleaned Navara rice overnight in water.
For one cup rice, use 4 cups of water.
- Extract the soaked water and boil it in a pan. Now place the soaked rice and cook on medium heat for 20 minutes.
- Carefully take out a grain of rice with a spoon, drop it in a glass of cold water.
- Once cooled check whether the grain is cooked through and through.
- Now reduce the heat to minimum and close the lid to simmer for another 10 minutes.
A creamy, nutty and wholesome Navara rice dish is ready for you to enjoy with your favourite curry!