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Black Rice (Sticky)

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Rs. 200.00
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Black Rice

Dark-colored like wild rice, black rice is short-grained and sticky when fully cooked. Despite its name, it is actually a dark purple color, and it is healthier with more nutritional benefits than brown rice. Black rice gets its signature black-purple color from a pigment called anthocyanin, which has potent antioxidant properties. Glutinous rice, also known as sticky rice, does not contain amylose, which, in addition to making rice sticky, helps slow down digestion and lowers insulin levels. Black sticky rice is unprocessed, it retains more of its other nutrients, making it a healthy food choice overall. Unlike the more common white rice, black rice is unprocessed, meaning the exterior of the rice -- the bran -- remains intact and is eaten. The bran contains insoluble dietary fiber, which helps food pass through your digestive system more quickly. It also adds bulk to your solid waste. As a dietary fiber, insoluble fiber makes you feel full more quickly, reducing the likelihood that you will overeat. Black rice is prepared similarly to other types of rice and can be added to a variety of savory and sweet dishes. Black rice is indigenous to northeast India and is extensively grown in Odisha, West Bengal, and Jharkhand.

Black Rice Benefits

Black rice is a good source of several nutrients, particularly protein, fiber, and iron. Black rice contains over 23 types of antioxidants and has the highest antioxidant activity of all rice varieties. Anthocyanin is a pigment that’s responsible for the black-purple color of forbidden rice. It’s also been found to have potent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anticancer effects. Black rice contains antioxidants that have been shown to help protect against heart disease. Black rice contains the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin, both of which have been shown to protect your retina from potentially damaging free radicals. Black rice is naturally gluten-free and can be a good option for those with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. Black rice is a good source of protein and fiber, it may aid in weight loss. Black rice may help lower blood sugar levels in individuals with type 2 diabetes and reduce the risk of NAFLD. Black rice contains more Vitamins B and E, niacin, calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc compared to white rice. It is rich in fiber and the grains have a nutty taste. The anthocyanins not only act as antioxidants but also activate detoxifying enzymes. The rice arrests proliferation of cancerous cells, by inducing the death of cancerous cells (apoptosis). It has anti-inflammatory properties and has anti-angiogenic effects (inhibition of the formation of new blood vessels which encourages tumor growth). Black rice has anti-carcinogenic properties and its bran soothes inflammation due to allergies, asthma, and other diseases. Black rice is often called forbidden rice because, in Ancient China, black rice was reserved for the aristocracy.

How to cook black rice:

Stovetop method: Cook like pasta in ample salted water, drain, and fluff. (20 minutes!)

Instantpot: Cook with equal parts water, one to one, 18 mins on high. Naturally, release for 10 minutes. (38 mins total)

Pilaf: Simmer gently in veggie or stock with aromatics, covered -1 cup rice to 2 1/2 cups stock. (45 minutes)

Black Rice Recipe

Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add black rice, onion, and almonds; cook and stir until lightly toasted, 5 to 10 minutes. Add water and bouillon cube; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed for 25 to 30 minutes.

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*A•bani* which means "Of the Farm" in the Garo language and "Earth" in Sanskrit, is aptly named to represent the community that is closest to Nature - our farmers, and also the organic produce that the state of Meghalaya is known for. A few months ago, when the Covid – 19 crisis hit the world, it trickled into our cities, towns, villages, and homes. Everyone has been impacted in one way or another and we continue to see its devastating effects even today. Our governments and non-government organizations, including concerned individuals, have joined hands to fight this global disaster in their individual capacities and to ensure that no one is left behind in the efforts to help those affected. In contribution to the collective efforts, this initiative has been launched to help the farmers’ community of Meghalaya, especially those in interior villages, whose livelihoods depend on the sale of their produces in the markets. With the lockdown on all activities including markets, the farmers face the dangers of going into huge losses and losing their main source of income. This initiative has been designed to ensure that fresh farm produces does not go to waste for lack of markets and that the farmers are not exploited especially during the Covid-19 crisis and to create livelihoods related to the local agro-businesses. This includes non-farming job opportunities such as food processing and packaging, transportation and logistics, media, and marketing. Keeping in mind that Meghalaya has one of the largest numbers of unemployed youth in the country, this initiative strives to transform the community and create a big impact by acknowledging the inter-dependent collective of all members of the community through its various activities.