Mapillai samba rice? It’s called bridegroom’s rice! Why is it called like that? In olden days, the bride used to select her groom in a competition where many grooms across India will participate.
She judges the groom not by seeing his wealth or likelihood but his strength! The groom was actually instructed to pick up (haha, not pick up but lift) a heavy rock in front of him to prove his power infront of the beautiful lady. The rock is actually called Ilavattu kal. Here is the picture for you?
Wondering how is that connected to mapillai samba rice? If the groom fails to lift the ilavatukal, he will start eating mapillai samba rice daily. What?
This red in colour rice is so much nutritious to lift a heavy rock! Yeah, he has no other way to eat them and lift the rock unless he wishes to stay single for the rest of his whole life! Haha! How beautiful those days were!
They were not so weird like nowadays in which the the groom with his whole family comes to her home, judging her capability of cooking and other house hold works and agreeing (even if she knows nothing) to move on with her with a 100 gold pounds dowry and a car!
I will better jump straight into the topic instead of upsetting all girls reading this:)
There were around 22,292 traditional rice varieties in India alone. But only 100 to 150 varieties of paddy are currently in circulation. The traditional rice variety is the rice that is now back in the limelight. “Mappillai Samba” has the name!
Samba rice was grown extensively in the South Indian states. The rice was grown from August to January particularly referred to as the samba season. Unfortunately, along with the native varieties of traditional rice, Mappilai Samba rice had become forgotten among the youngsters in modern world.
Nature and Taste
It is well suited for organic farming because it is hard in nature and does not need the the utilization of pesticides and fertilizers.
Samba rice have a distinct taste and more of a starchy and corny flavour. It is an acquired taste.The raw samba rice is more hard than many other rice varieties and cooked rice is less fluffy which gives a fast fulfilling flavour.
Apart from reducing out hunger and reducing obesity, it has many more hearty health-giving benefits.
- In Tamil- mapillai samba
- In English – bridegroom’s rice
- In west bengal- Ghobindo bhog
Health Benefits Of Mapillai Samba Rice
- Mappillai Samba rice is a loaded source of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates is a fuel for our central nervous system and provides energy to the muscles. Carbohydrates are the body’s main source of energy.
- The fibre content plays an important role in digestion and prevents gastrointestinal issues like constipation, diarrhoea and gastritis.
- It has wholesome amount of micronutrients which also absorbs other nutrients.
- It is a good source of iron and Zinc and promotes hemoglobin in our body. It also strengthens all the blood vessels in our body. Furthermore,it helps in reducing cholesterol and hyperglycemia level.
- It is an indigenous rice which is rich in magnesium and vitamin B6. Magnesium in our body helps to maintain a steady heart rate, adjust blood glucose levels and supports immune system.
How To Cook Mapillai Samba Rice?
- 1/2 cup of mappillai Samba rice
- 1/4 cup of unhulled black urad dal
- 10 fenugreek seeds.
- Soak the mapillai Samba rice for 4 hours since it is hardy in nature.
- Soak the black urad dal and fenugreek seeds separately for 2 hours.
- Grind them together to make them as a batter. Add some amount of water for a good consistency.
- Wait for it to ferment until 8 hours.
- Prepare a crispy dosa and serve with chutney as your choice.
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