Forgotten Rice Of India – Kattu Yaanam Rice


Last Updated on November 24, 2022 by Swadesi

Are you looking for Kattu Yaanam Rice then check out this post to know more. Kaatu yaanam is a traditional paddy variety that has long been used and has more medicinal properties than other traditional rice varieties. This variety of rice can be cultivated in any climate as it can survive driest conditions. It is an extremely tall variety.  The height of this variety can even hide wild elephants when they enter the farm and for this reason, it is called as “Kattu yaanam” (meaning wild elephant in Tamil).

Kattu Yaanam Rice

 Genus orayca
Ethnicity oraisa chattiva
Category Traditional rice type
 Appearance Ancient rice
 State Tamil Nadu
Country  India

Health benefit :

1)Fight against may disease–  Kaatu yaanam rice helps to control diabetes. It has a very low glycemic index, when compared to other traditional rice. This rice is also helpful in arthritis. It is  also very good for heart health. This rice also protect vital body organs.

2)It is rich in minerals-This rice is very high in folic acid which helps to improve pelvic bone hence highly recommended for pregnant ladies. Pregnant ladies can also consume this rice to induce normal delivery.

3) Good fibers-The fiber in brown rice means that the digestion time of this carbohydrate is slower than processed grains, including white rice. This means that there is a more controlled slower release of sugar into the bloodstream.

How to include this rice in your diet:

katu yanam rice

Soak this rice for at least 12 hours before cooking. If it is cooked in a pressure cooker, then leave for 6 to 8 whistles. Please make sure that the cooker has enough water. Soaking water should be pure, not salty. Usually, people used to consume Kaatu yaanam made out of rice bran. This is an incredible grain to make idli and dosa.

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