This time when I met my mom, she gifted me a handful of something special… Bamboo rice.
This is my first time seeing it in real and had always heard about it. I was ecstatic as I know this is a rare find.
What is Bamboo Rice?
Bamboo rice, mulayari, mungil arisi, is the seed of the bamboo tree. The bamboo forests grow from the single bamboo base and spread around.The older parts of the bamboo flower in approximately 40 to 60 years or more. Following seed production the bamboo will perish to give space to the newly developed seeds. These seeds are the nutritious bamboo rice.
The harvesting if these seeds are also a tedious process. The thorns and the unpredictable flowering pattern makes extraction and cleaning tough. But, it is one of the absolute reserves of food when the forest experiences low production season.
Falling under the old world grains, these bamboo rice, are not the market ready green ones. The popular market one is rice which has been infused with bamboo extract. The bamboo seed is brown and if you need hunt around found in herbal health stores.
The grain when cooked has a wheat like texture and is highly valued in ayurveda for easing out joint pains. It is a valuable part of the herbal/tribal medicine for fertility. It is high in calories and vitamin B.
What to Prepare?
When you get a hand full of the lovely produce, there is nothing better to do than do true justice to it . Then of course, it had to be a happy dessert.
Prepared today is a bowl full of bamboo rice payasam. It is a real strong grain so take a while to cook. But the wait is totally worth it. Soft and a bit chewy the grain swells and really fills you up.
Do not miss to grab a handful when you find the grain and soft cook to make a nutritious meal with a low glycemic index. So save up the recipe and grab a handful when you get it. You could alternately try to substitute it for rice in any style of indian preparation.
Try it out… And ping back with your experience.
Replace the bamboo rice with black rice or red raw rice for a payasam experience.
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