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Njavara/Navara Red Rice, Unpolished 1kg

Njavara / Navara RICE

नजवरा / नवरा तांदुळ

Red Rice From Ayurveda “Rice For Cure”

Dehusk Status


Whole-grain rice the Hull, Bran layer and cereal germ Intact.




: Highly Medicinal

1 Kg


Navara is considered to be a medicinal rice. It increases one's immunity and is especially consumed during the monsoon season. It has been mentioned in multiple Ayurvedic scripts for the treatment of many diseases.

In olden days when Warriors used to come back Injured, they use to consume this Rice to heal Wounds. This rice also has religious significance and is used in temples for ceremonies.

This crop is usually cultivated between February and April, in Kerala, North Kanada and Southern Maharashtra



  • Chemical Free 
  • Good for Skin Disorders, Ulcers,
  • Treatment for Osteoporosis & Cancer
  • Antioxidant called anthocyanins
  • Manganese strengthening metabolism
  • Magnesium  Helps in migraine, 
  • Selenium protects the body against infections
  • Heals Wounds & Increases Immunity
  • Religious Significance 
  • Soak rice in water for 5 to 6 Hrs. 
  • Drain water.  This will do away with the extra starch (You can Use Drained Water as Shampoo For Hair or use as Face mask)
  • Take a deep thick bottomed pan. 
  • Heat 1 tsp oil. Add rice and saute for 1 minute. 
  • Add 2.25 cups hot water. 
  • Turn heat to low and cover the pan for 15 - 20 minutes. 
  • Do not wash the rice too much


Navara has an important place in the Ayurvedic system of treatment and is used, alone or in combination with other herbs to treat many diseases. 

The rice is of two kinds, the white glumed (husked) and black glumed. The 12th-century Ayurvedic text, Ashtangahridayam, describes the white Navara as medicinally superior but the black glumed variety seems to be preferred by physicians today.

The rice has a wide range of benefits. 

  • Boiled Navara is a good weaning food for infants, particularly those with low weight. 
  • Broth made by adding Navara rice to meat is recommended to pregnant women as it increases the weight of the foetus. 
  • Cooked with milk and herbs, it can treat internal wounds. 
  • Navara rice bran oil is used for a wide range of aches and painful conditions.
  •  Ayurvedic doctors effectively use Navara rice paste, lepanam, to treat psoriasis. 
  • The paste is also an excellent remedy for skin lesions.
  •  Rice gruel made of Navara is considered beneficial in preventing various diseases and is also considered a safe food for diabetics.

  • Navara is used in Navarakizhi, a speciality treatment from Keralas traditional medicine used for curing neuromuscular disorders. 
  • The rice cooked in a decoction of the herb, Sida (Sida rectusa. Lin), to which milk has been added, makes the body supple, removes stiffness of joints, cleanses the body channels, and improves blood circulation.
  •  It is traditionally consumed as a replenishing drink, called karkidakakanji, and is effective in curing fatigue.



A very healthy desert



Prep time

5 minutes

Cook time

35 minutes

Total time

40 minutes





Meal type



Serve Cold, Serve Hot


Birthday Party, Formal Party



Tasty paal (milk) payasam made using Navara rice - a very nutritious dessert.



  • 1/4 cup Navara rice
  • 1/2l Milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 6 pieces Cardamom
  • 10-12 pieces Raisins


Step 1

Boil 1 cup of water in a vessel. When the water boils add Navara rice into it and cook the rice in a low flame.

Step 2

It takes a long time for the rice to get cooked. Meanwhile, boil the milk and keep it aside. Now check if the rice has below figure shows how it looks.

Step 3

When it is done add milk into it and boil it for 10-15 minutes in low flame.

Step 4

Now add butter into it. So that we get a creamy texture.

Step 5

Now add sugar and stir it.

Step 6

Continue stirring and add Cardamom and raisins into it, almost done.

Step 7

Pour into a serving bowl and wait till it sets. You can try another version too as I told early. Keep it in the refrigerator to cool and try it.


Instead of adding sugar and butter separately, you can blend it both in a mixer and then add.

Rice boiled using pressure cooker will reduce the cooking time.

After cooking of rice the leftover water should not be drained. This is nutritious and will also give a peach colour to the payasam.