Broken Rice, Navara Rice & Popcorn Products
Matta (broken) rice or Kerala red rice has been historically popular due to its unique taste and nutritional benefits. Matta rice is believed to have several health benefits over white rice. Matta rice does not contain fat and, hence, prevents obesity. It contains fiber which controls digestive disorders like gas, indigestion, etc. Cholesterol can be controlled by eating matta rice on a daily basis. Calcium content in matta rice is much higher than that of conventional white rice making it healthier than white rice. Due to its high magnesium and calcium content, matta rice enhances optimum glucose uptake decreasing the risk of diabetes. Kanji made from broken rice is refreshing and soothing and instant energy during illness
Red raw (navara) rice is grown with traditional techniques of farming in South India. It is used as a nutritional rice and health food. Red raw rice is a healthy food with good taste and has a trace of astringency in it. It is mainly used to make Karkidaka Kanji. Boiled rice is a good weaning food for infants. Dishes you can make with navara rice are porridge, neipayasam, coconut milk payasam, etc. You can also powder the raw rice and make dishes like puttu, appam, ada, kurukku, etc. Rice gruel made of navara is considered beneficial in preventing many diseases. It has an important place in Ayurveda and is used alone or in combination with other herbs to treat many diseases.
Popcorn has antioxidants which helps better blood circulation and digestion. Another health benefit is its high satiety, which helps in weight loss.