Navra- The Rice that cures
Rice has been mentioned in Vedas including Yajurveda and Rigveda. Because of its life-nourishing qualities, rice is an indispensable part of many Indian rituals as it signifies prosperity, fertility, and abundance.
About Navra -mentioned in Ayurvedic texts as being unctuous, sweet in taste, cold in potency, easily digestible, invigorating, pacifying all three doshas and providing stability, Navara rice is an unpolished variety and is extensively used in various Ayurvedic treatments. Navara is considered so exotic, it is often equated to gold by farmers.
Navra rice is also termed as The Ancient Healer.
I used this humble variety of rice (indigenous to kerala) for my dosa in combination with red lentils.
I gave it a name Red Dosa.
Health benefits of Navara rice (shashtikDhanya)
- Navara rice gruel made with milk helps in improving lactation.
- Good weaning food for infants, especially those with low birth weight as it helps in gaining weight.
- Loaded with Vitamin C, Njavara also boosts the immune system.
- Rich in antioxidants.
- High in proteins and rich in fiber content as compared to other rice varieties.
It is rich in flavonoids and oryzanol which possess anti-inflammatory activity