Bamboo Rice – Tribal Treasure

Bamboo rice or Moongil Arisi in Tamil, Veduru Biyyam in Telugu, Mulayari in Malayalam.

Recently stumbled on this rice variety called “Bamboo rice”, in a group called ‘Amudhasurabi’ run by Arivazhagan bro. The name of the rice itself was very interesting and that made me more inquisitive. Thought of sharing the details I collected as a result of my search.  Being a mom and nearing 40’s, I think I became more health conscious these days 🙂

If you are new to its usage, start taking in small quantities and increase gradually. Too much of anything is good for nothing.

What is Bamboo Rice?
Bamboo rice cannot be cultivated. It is obtained from the natural flowering process of Bamboo shoots. So, for a change this is a rice obtained from the tribes and not from the farmers, From the forests and not from the fields.

The lifespan of a bamboo tree is around 40 to 60 years. Bamboo rice grows in a tree at the end of its lifespan. So, it is a very rare variety of rice to obtain and hence a bit more costlier than any other rice.

How is it gathered?
Only the tribes are given the rights to gather the Bamboo rice. The area around the base of each bamboo is cleaned and all the debris formed is removed. The base is then smoothed with clay and kept to dry. Once dried, the tribes collect the rice that falls off from the tree on their prepared surface.

Are there two varieties of Bamboo rice available?

Brown Bamboo Rice – The one collected from the bamboo trees at the end of their lifespan

Green Bamboo Rice – Made by infusing the rice grains (Short ones) with the juice squeezed from bamboo plants.

What is Glycemic Index?
The glycemic index measures how fast and how much a food raises blood glucose levels.

How is GI in Bamboo Rice?
Among all known rice varieties, Bamboo rice has the lowest GI.

Health Benefits of Bamboo Rice:
– It cures all three kapha, pitta and dosha.
– It removes toxic substances from the body.
– Improves Immunity
– Relieves Joint pains and Backaches
– Controls Diabetes, Blood Pressure and Cholesterol levels
– Makes the body strong and powerful
– Makes the sperm thick and enhances sperm count

Nutritional benefits:
– Rich in Calcium and Phosphorus
– Rich in Vitamin B and hence aids in your metabolism and weight loss
– Higher protein content (when compared to other Rice varieties and Wheat)
– Low or no Fat

Diabetic friendly rice?
Its is slightly sweet in taste. But no worries. Due to its low Glycemic Index and high fiber content, its pretty much diabetic friendly.

What can be cooked using this rice?
Aappam, Payasam, Dosa, Puttu, etc
It can also be cooked like ordinary rice and had with our Sambar, Rasam, Curd etc

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  • Intresting article. Thanks for giving details about bamboo rice.
    Once we saw it on a hill station market. But didn’t know much detail about it. So we ignored. Next time, should definitely give it a try.