The miracle rice “Karuppu Kavuni Arisi”, Black Kavuni Rice.

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In olden days, the Chettinad community in south India were known for their wide spread of trading network ranging from Arabia to South East Asia. During their business travel to sell our Indian spices, precious stones, and so on, there was huge cultural exchange of value and knowledge. Best example is Burmese teak to adorn their palaces, and less known rice to south India, which has become a part of their cuisine as well, Karuppu Kavuni Arisi, black kavuni rice.

All these ancient rices are packed with health benefits than these Modern day supplements. There is rice for every human need. Sample this, there is a rice called a maapillai samba, given to married people or people trying to conceive, fundamentally it increased the ojas in the body. There is another rice variety called as Neela samba, which would increase lactation for feeding mothers. The list goes on and on.

Black Kavuni Rice was once served only for royal family in china. General public was denied access to this rice, probably merchants were always friends with royal families that’s how they got their hand with this rice varities. Even today there is no chettinad wedding without black kavuni rice desserts.

Black rice, white dishIn ancient days, when a girl attends puberty, they used to make black rice pudding (called as puttu also known as Rangoon puttu). This is because this will help her stabilizes her body and increase the iron in blood and stops accumulating fat in back and hip region, a place women add more fat. Over a period of time, we forgot the black rice and we only followed the ritual and pudding part. Even today, in some part of villages, when a girl is getting ready to be married, they used to give black rice based food to rebuild her into proper shape.

American Chemical Society (ACS) says, one spoonful of black rice contains more anthocyanin antioxidants than a spoonful of blueberries.
Today lot of scientific data points are surfacing about this miracle rice, American Chemical Society (ACS) says, one spoonful of black rice contains more anthocyanin antioxidants than a spoonful of blueberries. Until then, blueberries was considered the richest source of anthocyanin antioxidants. Black kavuni has 18 amino acids, zinc that counts for immunity, iron that counts for carrying oxygen and the list goes like, copper, carotene, anthocyanin and several important vitamins. Our ancient healing text says, black rice helps to prevent cancer, diabetes and heart disease. This is very good for your kidney, stomach and liver. Another beauty of this is. Due to high fibre content, consuming just 1/3rd the quantity is more than enough for the day and you will not feel hunger. It is amazing to see how our ancestor’s contribution for balanced holistic life. That is why they say, food is our medicine and medicine is our food!
How to Use/Cook? (Recipes) You can prepare Sweet Pongal / Adai / Puttu / Dosa. Check here for some quick recipes. 
One of the purpose of our group is to create awareness of our ancient rich food habits, that can be incorporated in our daily life to keeps us healthy, and avoid those junk, cereals, chemical based food. If you like to order this rice, Mr.Mani has got a commitment from farmers to supply 108 kgs to our parenting group. Each family can order either 1kg or 2kg max. This is more than enough for a family for 4 members / month.

We are part of Greenhands, a community driven shopping project, that revives Indian indigenous traditional organic food. A project initiated exclusive by parents for parents at whatsapp holistic group.

Author: Mani

Manikandan was an Internet Marketing Consultant. Few year back, listening to his inner calling, he quit his career to pursue his passion, to revive our ancient foods. Currently he is heading www.greenhands.in project connect farmers and ancient healers to the community. you can reach him at +91.9042642642 or mani@greenhands.in

8 thoughts on “The miracle rice “Karuppu Kavuni Arisi”, Black Kavuni Rice.”

    1. what kind of tips. there are plenty of natural farming called conducted by NGO and Govt. Let us know what kind of help you need from us.

      1. Iam very sorry for late reply
        What is d suitable time to sow black rice
        My land is near bangalore with sufficient water and a normal climate

  1. I have ordered black rice , however i dont know how to cook . Had discussed it with mani , i had followed the libk where is says how to cook link on the above page . it directed me to install mytaste app which i had also done . after that still i did not get a single reciepe on how to cook .
    Can you help on this regard.

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