Poongar rice also called as ‘Poongar arisi’ is one of traditional rice variety of Chennai (Tamilnadu), which uses natural farming methods (no use of any harmful chemical fertilizers and pesticides). It is flood tolerant and require less water. This variety is very similar to Mappilai samba. It is also called as ‘women’s rice’, as it cures most of women’s hormonal issues. It is especially beneficial to pregnant women’s and lactating mothers.
Poongar Rice – The Women’s Rice
This rice is rich in anthocyanin( an antioxidant). Anthocyanin gives it color (reddish brown) and flavor (nutty). Poongar rice also contain mineral like Iron, Zinc, Magnesium and Molebidinum. Its husk is also nutritious and tasty. This rice generally comes in boiled and semi-polished form.
Poongar rice is one of the most wonderful option for making soft idlis, dosas(especially Neer Dosa) and porridge.
- Helpful for pregnant women
- Removes bad sweat from body
- Help Boost immune system
- Contain vitamin B1
- It is also helpful for headache and is said to boost memory.
- It generally prevents the glucose from mixing in the blood stream thus preventing ‘diabetes insipidus’.
Tamil: பூங்கார் அரிசி