Maapilai Samba Rice
Bridegroom rice, also known as " Mapillai samba rice ", is a type of red rice that is native to Tamil Nadu, a state in India. It is called bridegroom rice because it was traditionally served to newlywed bridegrooms to boost their energy and strength for a game of lifting a heavy rock in front of everyone. This rice is rich in iron, vitamins, fibre and antioxidants, which help in improving blood circulation, immunity, digestion and skin health. This boiled rice variety, derived by steaming the paddy and dehydrating and de-husking help in absorption and retention of nutrients inherent in the said rice. It can be cooked as rice or made into various dishes like idli, dosa, upma and pongal.
- Mapillai Samba Rice has a low Glycemic Index and good for diabetes.
- It is a good source of iron and zinc. The presence of pro-anthocyanins in it helps to reduce cholesterol and hyperglycemia.
- It helps in the production of red blood cells, which are essential for the circulatory and respiratory functions.
- It helps in creating energy and protecting the cells from free radicals, which can cause premature ageing.
- It helps in wound healing and maintaining a healthy immune system.
- It helps in regulating the stress hormones, DNA cells and red blood cells.
- It aids in digestion and prevents gastrointestinal problems such as bloating, diarrhoea and ulcers.
- It prevents asthma, lowers cholesterol and blood sugar levels, and supports a healthy heart and better intestines.
How to use?
Bridegroom rice can be cooked as rice or made into various dishes such as idli, dosa, upma, pongal etc. It requires soaking for 90 minutes and boiling for 30 to 45 minutes until it is cooked well . It has a nutty flavour and a chewy texture that makes it delicious and satisfying.
- Preferred to consume like normal rice.
- Suitable for diabetes and weight watchers.
- Ideal for Bridegrooms.
- Good for people who lack immunity and feel weak.