The russet coloured, nutrient rich red rice with its nutty flavours is a veritable boon of good health, that goes with your meats and veggies alike. Cultivated in high altitudes in the hills, Himalayan Red Rice is minimally processed, retaining the same whole-grain health benefits of brown rice, but with a beautiful red pigment and unique flavour profile. It is high in fiber, complex carbohydrates, B vitamins and minerals, particularly iron, zinc, potassium, magnesium, manganese and phosphorus. As a whole grain, it’s the best way to meet your daily fiber requirements. One-quarter cup of red rice consists of about 2 grams of fiber. Note: Red rice contains a component called anthocyanin that imparts the red hue.
Some benefits of the Himalayan Red Rice:
- It contains antioxidants to counteract free radicals.
- Is a rich source of iron or manganese, Vitamin B6, and other nutrients.
- Helps to prevent heart disease
- Regulates blood pressure
- Helps to reduce obesity
- Fights asthma
- While white rice is full of carbs, red rice is loaded with fiber. Additionally, it offers energy to your body required for regular body functioning and does lods of good for your bone health Flavonoids present in red rice can help decrease inflammation in your body, keep free radical levels in check, and may reduce your risk of chronic conditions, such as heart disease, PCOD, fatty liver & type 2 diabetes.
How to put red rice on your plate
a) Pair it with leafy veggies for a nutritious, power packed meal
b) Use it to add a bit of texture and crunch to your leafy salads.
c) The firm texture works well for Pulao’s
d) It’s versatile and makes for great casseroles, fried rice or as a side dish.
e) The perfect complement with intensely flavoured meats and seafood
f) Goes great with mushrooms and chilis too.
g) Game for innovation? Combine with white and brown rice for added texture, colour, visual interest and nutritional benefits.
h) It can also be used for kheers and desserts like rice pudding.
i) Try adding it to your diet on a regular basis for idli, appam and dosa.
Don’t they say, you are what you eat? Switch to red rice and add it to your grocery list right away!