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If you are looking for an alternative to brown rice, red rice is the perfect pick. This russet-coloured,nutrient-rich rice with a nutty flavor goes well with meats and vegetables. A good source of fibre, red rice meets your iron needs too. Red rice is a perfect addition to your daily diet as it is a whole grain. Whole grains retain the entire grain seed, including the germ, bran, and endosperm.

Red rice contains a component called anthocyanin and hence it is consumed either partially hulled or unhulled. The colour of red rice is due to this component. It has high nutrient content as compared to other rice varieties. Red rice contains red husk and is loaded with the goodness of nature. Let us learn how to cook red rice along with its health benefits and simple recipes to start using this nutritious red rice. 


Red rice is enriched with antioxidants and magnesium. It has several other health benefits. 

01. Controls diabetes

Red rice helps in controlling diabetes as it helps in regulating the insulin level. The low glycemic index of red rice helps in controlling the sugar level and is good for diabetic patients. 

 02. Regulate asthma

Red rice also has several pulmonary benefits. Due to the magnesium content, red rice consumption helps to regulate asthma. It also improves the oxygen circulation in the body.

03. Helps digestion

Red rice is also a great source of fiber and has several digestive functions. It flushes out the toxins in the body and eases the bowel movements

How to cook red rice.

  • Wash the red rice in a pan three times and soak the rice in water for one hour.
  • Drain the soaked rice and transfer it to a pressure cooker.
  • Add 1 part rice to 2 parts water and place this in a pressure cooker
  • Cook the rice on a high flame for one whistle.
  • Lower the flame and cook for three more whistles.
  • Allow the pressure to release naturally


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