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.
Palm jaggery is rich in vitamins and minerals and especially it is rich in vitamin B, magnesium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, zinc and calcium.
Palm jaggery has a low glycemic index compared to white sugar which has a high glycemic index of 61 and does not spike our blood sugar levels immediately.
Palm jaggery is full of antioxidants and regular intake helps improve our immunity. Since it is rich in antioxidants consuming palm jaggery prevents free radicals which is the main reason for skin ageing. It is also a wonderful blood purifier.
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.