Seeraga samba rice, which is the traditional rice in southern India. The tiny-grained seeraga samba gets its name from its resemblance to cumin, which is known as seeragam in Tamil Nadu, and is the most expensive rice grown in that southern India. Seeraga samba is main ingredient in biriyani, a traditional Indian dish. When cooked properly, seeraga samba rice grains are fluffy and loose. One cup of uncooked rice yields about 2 cups of cooked rice.
This rice has high nutritional value and are given particularly to Mapilai/ Bridegroom to get increased energy. In folklore, the bridegroom is asked to lift a heavy rock to show his power. Hence, this mappillai samba rice is cooked and served to him to gain loads of energy to lift the rock.
It is not only restricted to bridegrooms, this Mappillai Samba rice is suited for all ages to gain increased energy.