Samba rice is a small ovular grain, compared to the long grain of Pakistani basmati rice. It is free from stones and black seeds. It has all the essential parts of a balanced diet. Samba rice has a different taste and can be described as having a more ‘starchy’ or ‘corny’ flavor. It is a most preferred taste of Srilankans. When compared with other varieties, samba grains are hard. When cooked is less ‘fluffy’ in texture so gives a more filling meal with a higher caloric value.
Generally rice grown in Samba season (August – January) is referred to as Samba rice. This rice is grown for a longer duration compared to other types of rice.
- Instant Source of Energy
Carbohydrates in the rice is the chief energy source for functioning and the growth of our human formation, which directly influence all living organs of the human system.
- Free from Cholesterol
One of the many reasons that majority of the world’s population find rice as a comforting food item is due to the fact that, it does not contain any harmful fats, cholesterol or sodium.
- High Blood Pressure Soother
Eating a bowl of rice can cool off high blood pressure and hypertension. Since rice is low on sodium.
- Homemade Skin Care
Medical experts say that rice or the rice water has curative powers to maintain a perfect skin and shiny head hair. You may drink the rice water or use it as face or hair wash.
- Scientists have found that consuming diet rich in fibre can act as a protective shield against many types of cancers
Countries that specialize in rice
Interesting facts about rice
- Rice is the second highest worldwide production after maize (corn).
- There are more than 40,000 varieties of rice that grow on every continent except on Antarctica.
- In Burma, a person consumes about five-hundred pounds of rice a year.
- Thailand is the first exporter of rice
- After rice has been fully cooked, each grain of rice swells to three times in original weight
- Rich in carbohydrate
- No cholesterol, barely any fat
- Considered a good source of vitamins and minerals
- Rice is gluten free and can be easily digested
- A half cup of cooked rice has only 82 calories
- Rich in fibre
Recipe for spicy samba rice
- One cup samba rice
- Two tsp cumin seeds
- Two tsp peppercorns
- One small piece of dry ginger
- Salt to taste
- One tbsp of gingerly oil
- One tbsp of ghee
- One tbsp mustard seeds
- Few cashew nuts
- Few curry Leaves
Cook rice in the normal way and spread it on a plate or a bowl. Take cumin seeds, peppercorn and dry ginger in a mixer and grind it into powder. Pour the powder over the rice. Heat oil or ghee in a small pan crackle mustards seeds, add cashew nuts and let it brown. Put curry leaves and pour the mixture over the powder on the rice. Add Salt and mix well.