Sahyadri Black Husk Rice is an indigenous variety of rice, also known as 'काळ भात' as the husk is black in colour and when dehusked the grain inside is whitish in colour. It is grown by the tribals of western ghats in the Sahyadri ranges.
A very rich source of Iron. The Iron content of rice usually varies from 3mg-6mg/100g depending on the variety of rice, while the iron content in the Black Sahyadri Rice is 12 mg/100g.
It is single polished and a mildly aromatic rice, excellent for daily use.
Iron helps oxygenate the blood, converts blood sugar to energy, boosts the immune system, aids cognitive function, supports healthy skin, hair and nails.
Besides iron, this rice is also rich in Phosphorus, Copper and Magnesium. Highly recommended as baby food & for women.
Directions for cooking
Indigenous and heirloom varieties of rice are better than the hybrid, commercial packeted ones available at supermarkets. They are naturally climate and pest resistant, with almost no requirement for chemicals. The Adivasis in the Sahyadri ranges who grow them do not have to buy seeds, manure or pesticides, making it possible for marginal tribal farmers to grow these varieties of rice in remote areas. These grains are nutritionally superior. Story goes that in the ancient day, Kaal Bhaat was available to eat only for the royalty.