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WONDER GRAINS – MIRACLE MILLETS

WONDER GRAINS – MIRACLE MILLETS

Hello Readers,

Team Organic Positive wishes you all a very Happy and Healthy New Year 2021.

I hope you have all had a lovely holiday season, some time off from your routine and a wonderful start to the New Year and fabulous Pongal Celebrations.  New Year sets a path for new thoughts and resolutions.  Can I ask each one of you to make one or a few healthy choices for yourself and your families and consistently follow them, from this year?  With the Pandemic changing our lives and lifestyle, it is essential we go back to our basics / roots and consider to follow healthy practices which will bring a better tomorrow for us and a healthier era for our next generation.

From the House of Organic Positive, we will make sure, we provide you the best and affordable healthy groceries essentials for your daily needs.  Rest Assured, we will take care of your healthy eating habits, you can trust us for the same!   

In this blog, we take you through an expedition to into the Magical World of the Wonder Grains –Millets.

irpcTOften referred to as Miracle Grains or Wonder Grains, Millets are coarse grains , cereal crops that were the staple food of our ancestors.  The grains were used as fodder and for human consumption.  Over the course of time, we forgot their values, but thanks to some organic food enthusiasts, renowned medical practitioners, farmers and some families, who have all in their own ways and capacities took steps to revive the usage of Millets among common men, today. 

Popularly referred to as Sirudhaniyam (சிறுதானியம் in Tamil), these grains are true to their name, tiny little wonder, yet are a powerhouse of nutrients and truly are super foods.  There are several references of millets in various Tamil literatures, which tells us that they have been extensively used by our ancestors.  So, explore with me to learn about these miraculous grains. 

Many nutritionists today believe and advise , that consumption of a variety of these millets will help us meet the varied nutritional requirements our body needs.  Naturally rich in protein, iron, fiber, calcium, vitamins and minerals, millets are gluten free and are a healthier alternative to rice and wheat , as it contains low glycemic index and are gluten free. 

Millets protect our internal organs in more than one way. They detoxify the body as a whole and help maintain the organs healthier. They increase energy levels without actually raising sugar levels in our body.  In fact, millets are considered to be diabetic friendly and heart friendly foods. It enhances our immune system , improves the nervous system , muscular system, skeletal system, thereby providing us with a clear mind and stronger physique.  Millets need lesser maintenance in terms of watering, nutrition supplements for growth and has much larger chances of survival and successful harvests despite today’s challenges faced by our farmers. 

A Millet way of life can keep all the diseases at bay and also reverse your existing life style induced health ailments ,  is a popular opinion advocated by many renowned and respectable medical practitioners, dieticians today, across India. Thanks to the Health Consciousness that has occurred to our Youngsters, who have switched to Millets for their daily routine.  Even if a complete switch isn’t possible, at least including them a few days of the week in a rotational manner is one of the ways to be in a good shape of mind , heart and physique. 

Millets are farmer friendly , eco system adaptable, adjusts imperfections in climatic conditions, availability of water , high or low altitudes and give a successful produce.  Grown across tropical regions, throughout the year , even in dry or less fertile lands, where other crops pose challenges, Millets are the saviors for our farmers  as they are drought resistant and can rightly be referred to as Crops of the next generation.  Not only India, but several other countries like Japan, China, Africa, United States, Vietnam, Malaysia, Egypt , Thailand, Philippines , Europe, Arabia etc., grow various types of millets. 

Let’s look at the various names of Millets and also their alternative names in other languages for easier reference : 

English

Tamil

Hindi

Telugu

Kannada

Foxtail Millet

Thinai

Kakum

Korra

Navane

Kodo Millet

Varagu

Kodon

Arikelu

Haarka

Barnyard Millet

Kuthiraivali

Sanwa

Udhalu

Oodhalu

Little Millet

Samai

Kutki

Samalu

Samalu

Brown Top Millet

Kula Samai

Choti Kangni

Andakorra

Korale

Finger Millet

Kezhvaragu

Ragi

Ragi

Ragi

Pearl Millet

Kambu

Bajra

Sajja

Sajje

Sorghum

Cholam

Jowar

Jonna

Jolu

Proso Millet

Panivaragu

Chena

Variga

Baragu

In this blog, we will explain about the benefits our bodies derive from consumption of each of these millets. 

Millets are categorized as Positive Millet Grains and Neutral Millet Grains. The first five mentioned in the above grid are Positive Millets and the rest are categorized as Neutral Millets. 

It is recommended for everyone to consume Positive Millets but it is advised that those suffering from certain health ailments can consume Positive Millets and restrict or not use the Neutral Millets.  

Neutral Millets is beneficial for those having in general, a good health and not having any specific ailments, but those suffering from some illnesses like Thyroid, Diabetes, Issues of the Kidney, Cancer may avoid Neutral Millets and stick to the consumption of Positive Millets and derive their enormous benefits and gain good health eventually. 

In the absence of Positive Millets, Neutral Millets can be consumed.  However, procuring the millets are not tough today and we can choose what each of us need and consume them. 

Soaking Millets for 6-8 hours is ideal and essential to absorb all of its nutrient value.  No soaking or soaking for much lesser time, may not help you derive their benefits. 

We wish to remind you that “ Everyone’s dietary requirements and nutrition needs are different” .  Your Family Physician or a Nutritionist / Dietician who has assessed your body’s requirement will be able to best guide you to choose from the variety of Foods that are suitable for you and in what levels.  So, we recommend you to take advice from a medical professional and then choose your best millet/s combination for a healthy life.  For those of you, who have never had millets , so far, we suggest you to try one at a time, take it for a while and then go to the next one.  Don’t try to mix many millets at a time with a view to maximize benefits.  Every millet grain is wonderfully packed with amazing nutrients which are required for your body, but choose wisely and consume based on your body’s need and cook in the manner where you can derive their wholesome benefits. 

Let us check out what our Positive Millet Grains have to offer us. 

Foxtail Millet 

A boon for us during this pandemic is this wonder grain.  Many of you may have come across the food menu that was provided to those quarantined and were treated for Covid – 19 at the government hospitals in tamilnadu , it contained the food made from thie grain – Foxtail Millet / Thinai Rice / Porridge / Pongal.  The reason behind this is , the grain has the capacity to strengthen one’s nervous system ( helps in seizures , convulsions and nervous weakness) and lungs and wards off the illness.  Consuming this on a regular basis and specifically during the recovery phase from an illness will definitely help us to strengthen us internally and contribute to the process.  This is a heart friendly millet, which helps to reduce the cholestrol and blood sugar in our bodies.  

Foxtail Millets are good for those suffering from diabetes and anaemia.  Rich in fiber, protein, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus and vitamins , this grain is also good for growing children, pregnant women.  Also those suffering from obesity, obesity related illnesses like arthritis, heart burns can benefit by consumption of this grain.  Not only during the Pandemic is this millet good, but in general any issue of the lungs or any serious issues of the lungs including cancer, can be cured by the consumption of this millet grain. 

Kodo Millet 

Kodo Millet boosts our resistance.  More relevant to these times, having Kodo Millet regularly will help you to be able to build a strong immue system.  It helps to curtail illnesses of blood related disorders , purifies the blood and cleanses the internal organs.  It is easily digestible and is high in polyphenols, antioxidants.  Rich in Vitamins and Minerals, this grain is ideal for growing children.  This is a miracle grain for combating issues related to constipation, anaemia and is preferred for those who are diabetic , anaemic, suffering from kidney, intestinal issues, asthma , thyroid malfunction, pancreas, throat issues.  Usually this millet is suggested for those who are either suffering from long term illnesses and are getting treated or those who are recovering from a fever, viral attack, who have pain due to swelling or inflammation because of diabetes , weakness of the nerves and eyes.  This millet is rich in fiber and hence keeps a check on the cholestrol and sugar levels of an individual, when consumed. 

While this millet provides immense benefits to those who are recuperating from illness, it is best to be consumed on a regular basis to keep ourselves in good health at any age. 

Little Millet 

A little grain that gives immense health benefits is this little millet.  Good for heart health, helps men and women solve issues pertaining to their reproductive organs, loaded with magnesium, iron, fiber , protein, calcium and other important minerals and vitamins, this is also low in glycemic index and helps to combat hyperglcemia , thus lowering the occurence of Type 2 Diabetes.  Being rich in fiber content, it aids to reduce cholestrol in our blood stream.  It is considered one of the best foods for those suffering from migraine.  Needless to say other diseases that come along with the life style issues like joint pains, due to obesity are also controlled by regular consumption of this grain. 

Barnyard Millet 

Highest content of Protein, excellent source of fiber, low in calories , this wonder grain gives you great energy , yet makes one feel light.  This is a low glycemic index grain, suited for those who are suffering from Diabetes, those who don’t have much physical activity. High in Iron Content , it is one of the good sources of Iron for Vegetarians.  It is excellent for consumption by Pregnant Women, due to the presence of high iron content.  Presence of good amount of fiber helps to combat constipation, cleanses the liver, kidney, gall bladder, spleen and great for the endocrinal glands.  In short, this is good food for your stomach and all the soft organs inside it. 

Browntop millet 

One of the rarest of millets, sometimes referred to as King of Millets, it can be considered as one of the medicines for the issues of the current day’s lifestyle induced illnesses.  It is a forgotten crop, underutilised millet, which has been revived in the recent times.  Rich in essential nutrients, high in fiber, it helps to heal duodenal ulcer, expels waste from the intestine and detoxifies the body, eases bowel movement, lowers the incidence of cardio vascular diseases and diabetes,  helps to increase the good cholestrol (HDL)in the body and lowers the bad cholestrol (LDL) ,treats fissures, piles, fistula and solves issues relating to eye, thyroid,blood pressure and obesity.  Presence of Serotinin in Brown Top Millet, eases and relaxes the mind.  It helps those suffering from Asthma and acts as a tonic for the respiratory system.  It also helps to make the skin glow and helps us get a good posture by helping with the functioning of the brain, spine and skeletal system as a whole. 

With this segment, we finish our journey about the Positive Millets.  Though most millets provide similar health benefits, we have tried to mention the unique ones for every millet variant, so that you can choose the one’s that are more beneficial for you. 

Next , we go to our Neutral Millet Grains, to know more about them. 

Finger millet

One of the first foods for many babies in South India is Porridge made out Finger Millet, popularly known as Ragi Kanji.  It is a traditional food which aids in promoting weight of babies.  A good source of Calcium , Dietary fiber, the B & C Vitamins, Protein , it is considered best to protect our bones.  Women over 40, tend to have weakened bones and may have painful joints, which is a result of osteoporosis, this condition can be completely avoided, if Finger Millet is being taken in their food.  It is good for diabetic patients , but remember to consume Ragi based foods in the morning as it has an elaborate or a complex digestive process.  Generally , patients having Hypothyrodism are advised to avoid Finger Millet.  This millet can also be taken by lactating mothers, more often.  Finger millet contains Vitamin C , which aids in absorption of Iron, thus preventing anaemia.  Having Iron Rich foods during the consumption of this millet, will aid to easier absorption.  It keeps a check on the Blood Pressure and Cholestrol.  Risk of Stroke and Coronary Diseases are avoided by regular consumption. 

Overall, this millet aids in better management of weight, as an individual consuming it can be free from many issues and can have a healthy metabolism.  However, this is a Neutral Millet, so those who have Thyroid are advised to consult a nutritionist and then proceed taking this, if this millet can be suitable for them and in what way.

Pearl millet              

Pearl Millet is rich in Iron and fiber, helps to maintain the sugar levels in the blood.  It also is rich in protein, magnesium, zinc, manganese, folic acid, amino acids,B Vitamins, Pottassium, Phosporous, lecithin, Potassium.  Being rich in Vitamins, Minerals and Nutrients , it helps in maintaining blood pressure, heart health, fights cardiac arrests, cancer, prevents gall stones by reducing the secretion of bile and prevents constipation.  A good food for lactating women, children.

Pearl Millet is often consumed during summer months by people of South India, Tamilnadu in a porridge form to cool the body.  It also promotes weight loss by keeping hunger pangs at bay.     

Proso millet

It is one of the earliest domesticated cereals and is grown for fodder for livestock , as a bird feed and for human consumption.  It is superior to maize, rice, wheat due to the nutrient value in it.  It is considered ideal millet for growing kids due to the presence of various nutrients.  Rich in B Vitamins ( Niacin, B Complex) and Folic Acids,essential Amino Acids and minerals.  It also has low glycemic index which reduces the risk of type 2 – diabetes.  It contains Lecithin, a compound that stimulates the nervous system and helps in smooth functioning of the same. It increases the HDL Cholestrol in the body and thus is good for the management of cholestrol.  Not only that, it also decreases the LDL Cholestrol, making it an ideal food source for managing the Lipid Profile.  It contains anti oxidants, that help in removal of free radicals from the body and further aids in anti ageing and keeps you looking young.  As it contains Vitamin B3 – Niacin, certain skin allergies are taken care of by inclusion of this millet in the routine.  Presence of Calcium, helps both children and adults in promoting their bone health and preventing any issues of the same.  Overall, a diabetic friendly, heart friendly and multiple organ related development can be observed by consumption of this millet regularly.

Great millet

An immunity building, rich in protein, fibre and complex carbohydrates is this Great Millet or Sorghum.  Being rich in fibre, it keeps a check on sugar levels, heart health, high blood pressure , obesity, stroke, digestive disorders.  It is one of the great chocies for those who are in the weight loss journey.  Rich in Protein and Iron, this also aids in maintenance of calcium levels in the body due to the presence of magnesium, which aids in absorption of calcium.  It contains traces of Zinc, Copper and several micro nutrients.  Owing to its presence of the B Vitamins, it helps in the formation of body building tissues and cells.  Antioxidants helps in cardio vascular health, while the cholestrol lowering property inherent in the grain, reduces the chances of hindered blood flow and plaque formation.  This is also great for good cholestrol promotion and bad cholestrol reduction in the blood stream.  While the vitamins promote energy levels, minerals ( Iron and Copper) helps in the body’s blood circulation.  Iron promotes development of red blood cells and copper enhances the absorption of iron in the body.  Overall, it helps in a healther circulatory system and reduction in chances of anaemia.

To summarise, all millets are good for human consumption.  They are Gluten Free.  They can be used in their grain form or convereted to flours and used in various food products.  They help to boost your immunity and also control lifestyle induced issues.  They are great if you are on a weight loss journey.  They cleanse and detoxify your system.  If you are already facing any issue then choose the apt millet which contains the nutrients you need to curb the issue.  If you have issues, begin with Positive Millets, one at a time and include in your daily routine alongwith traditional rices.  If you are having a good lifestyle and in good health, do use all of the millets, one at a time and make them a routine in your consumption.  Great for your digestion, keeps a tab on your cholestrol, promotes heart health, boosts the health of your nervous systems, muscular system, gut health and  checks your sugar levels , aids in a good sleep, helps to keep your internal organs in good shape and prevents / cures cancers. 

Every millet can be had in rotation based on your needs and in the manner you and your family can consume.  Every day foods like Rice can be replaced with millets.  Quick / short eats can be had using millets as a snack  , a cookie , used in cakes / any bakes, used as a porridge , used as flours to make steamed dumplings and in many many innovative ways without being mixed with any other grains / cereals / flours. 

Well, there is just lots to learn and explore , do travel with us in your healthy and sustainable lifestyle journey. 

What’s more? We also have launched our own Youtube Channel, based on so many of our members requests and encouragement.  We have some interesting , innovative and of course, traditional recipes loaded there – Do check out our Channel here and we will keep it coming in the days to come.

Until, I meet you all in my next post, this is Krithiga Prabhakaran signing off.

Introducing Native Rice Varieties – Coloured Rice Variants

Introducing Native Rice Varieties – Coloured Rice Variants

Hello All,

Vanakkam to my blog readers. 

I know it has been a little long wait than the previous write – up. We have had some happenings. We celebrated our half birthday during mid last week and, we rolled out to our customers an Order Form to place their orders. 

As we are celebrating our half birthday, we do have some special discounts for our customers. So, if you are planning on refilling your organic supplies, do get in touch with us. 

We are also sourcing many new variants of rice from the organic farmers directly. We will update our website, with the information as soon as stocks arrive. 

Today, we present to you the Concluding Part: Our Native Rice Varieties, in delightful hues…

As promised in this edition, we bring to you the details on Red, Brown & Black Native Rice Varieties that you can use in your everyday consumption.

At the outset, the Red, Black variants were predominantly cultivated for consuming as Porridge in liquid form, as Fermented Rice water. Basically, all of these rice varieties can be used for making Porridge, to grind as rice batter along with Urad or other dals, for making into Idly (Steamed Rice Cakes), Dosai (Rice Pan Cakes), Paniyaram (Ball Shaped Dumplings), Idiyappam (String Hopper), Kheer / Payasam, Porridge. Apart from this, a few variants can also be consumed in the place of everyday rice. Also, sweets and savouries can be prepared using these amazing rice varieties, which have an amazing aroma and sweetness and make it an easier choice to convert all our traditional sweets and savouries into a healthy variant as well. It is interesting to mention that a few of my customer’s children too love consuming, all of the above-mentioned variants prepared using our traditional coloured rice varieties. I hear positive feedback from across all age group of my customers. Thanks to you all, for trusting us in this fulfilling journey and making healthier choices for your lifestyle.

Let us go into our subject today, hope this is going to be a beneficial read for you.

The Red Rice called Poongar is an excellent choice for Women – of all ages. Women, in general can consume this rice and reap its benefit, according to their age wise needs. These days, we see, hear that young girls attain puberty even when their age is in single digit, due to hormonal imbalances and consumption of genetically modified foods. Also, women of menstruating age, women trying to conceive face problems such as PCOS / PCOD (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome / Disease) and thus infertility and other related ailments, some of which they are not even aware of until they begin to take blood works, scans and explore the reasons. This rice when consumed over a period, helps to regulate the Hormone Functions and thus provides immense benefits. This is excellent for pregnant women, to be included as part of their diet, as it flushes out unwanted water content and helps them with a healthier pregnancy and delivery without any complications. Include this amazing Red Rice in any form as mentioned above and make the womenfolk of your home experience good health.

Like the Poongar Rice, another red rice variant is the Pisini Rice, which is said to help women who go through menstrual issues, PCOD / PCOS to overcome them and regularise their hormone functions. 

Rich in Iron, Zinc and Micronutrients is this Red Rice called Mappilai Samba, the name may look familiar and maybe hilarious! But this is not a joke, this variant is an absolute must in the houses of To Be Bride – Grooms, in olden days. Even to this day, those families who are consuming traditional rice varieties, definitely consume this rice once or twice every week. This is because of the immense property it has in providing strength both physically and mentally to the person who consumes it over a period. It increases the haemoglobin, thus increases the immunity. Also, it is good for our nervous system. Interestingly, in olden times, the groom had to lift a heavy rock and throw it (இளவட்டக்கல்), to marry his bride, not everyone can do it easily and men make themselves stronger to do this act. This rice was also given to men for the said purpose.  

Men and Women, both of them can have Poongar and Mapilai Samba Rice. Since, we have mentioned gender specific benefits, it is no reason for the other gender not to consume. 

A boon for those suffering from the lifestyle induced, peril, Diabetes is the Red Variant called Kaatuyanam, the name is derived from the huge size and density of this crop ( 8 feet), behind which an elephant can hide and the very fact that it provides immense strength to those who consume it, made our ancestors name this, as such. A person who diligently follows a 40-day routine of consuming fermented rice water of the Kaatuyanam rice everyday morning on an empty stomach, is sure to make him / her free from diabetes in the long run. However, consistency and following healthy food habits, avoiding sedentary lifestyle along with the consumption of traditional rice is what will make one stronger, healthier and ward away the diseases. This is also very good for those suffering from constipation and it is said to heal cancer. 

A rich Red rice, Rajamudi gets its name from the persons who consumed it. The Royals of Mysore grew these for their consumption. This rice is partially white and partially red. It can be cooked as a normal rice and had or can be used in any of the above-mentioned methods. It expels toxins outside of the body quickly and thus a person who has been sick can quickly heal himself / herself by consuming this rice. It is rich in antioxidants and zinc. This fibre rich rice keeps diabetes at bay. While it heals and repairs the internal organs, it improves one’s immunity. It also contains Vitamins, Proteins and Calcium. My customers who consumed this told me that it kept them feeling full for longer hours as against normal white rice. So, indeed, if you do not have the inhibition to consume only white rice varieties as part of everyday food, you must give this a try. The kings had it at one point, why not us? 

Weightwatchers, this is for you, one of the short variants of Red Rice is the Kullakaar. It is rich in zinc, iron, antioxidants, which helps one to build immunity. During such pandemic times, as this, Foods which are rich in zinc, iron and that contain antioxidants are recommended by doctors, across the globe. Our mother earth has been generous enough to bless us with such rice varieties which when consumed can replace any artifical dietary supplements or medication. This rice also contains complex carbohydrates and hence it is apt for those who are on the path to reduce weight. You can consume this in any form you like as specified above. 

Navara is my personal favourite. This is because my elder daughter, was underweight and while exploring mindful eating practices and more specifically, choosing that for my child, I preferred this rice over others. It led me to beginning my journey here as an entrepreneur of Organic Foods. Giving my child Navara, has helped me visibly experience the joys of motherhood through good health for her with healthier weight gain. It is an excellent Weaning Food, First Foods for babies. I personally recommend this to every new mom I talk to. It not only helps the infant, but also provides nutrition to an unborn child, in the womb of a mother. Pregnant Women can also have this rice, and it directly has a positive impact on the foetal health due to the presence of medicinal properties in it. 

A very good coolant for the body heat is the Red Rice variant, Ottadayan. It reduces the body heat, boosts immunity, and strengthens one’s overall physique. It is also a diabetic friendly rice. This rice has a property similar to that of the Kavuni Rice, which is a Black Variant, and it was called the Forbidden Rice, as the consumption was only for the Royals. While people were penalised for growing or consuming them. The Kavuni Rice is said to have properties to prevent and cure Cancer. 

Sigapu Kavuni or the Red Glutinous Rice, helps to reduce the bad cholesterol. The presence of Monacolin K is what gives this rice, the said property. It helps to get a clear vision in those suffering from eyesight disorders and even curing conditions like Glaucoma. The glycaemic index of this rice is low, and it helps in a better metabolism, thus reducing the glucose levels and controlling obesity. It also cures Asthma. 

Varappu Kudainchan is a Red Rice, that is good for those suffering from Anaemia, Constipation and Nervous Disorders. It strengthens the nervous system, thus prevents the recurrence of nerve related issues, when consumed. 

A red rice with natural detoxing properties is the Karunkuruvai. In olden days, this was advised to be consumed by those who fell ill frequently and those who were ailing from incurable diseases. The modern day’s issues of arthritis, orthopaedic disorders, elephantiasis, can be controlled and cured when this rice is consumed. It also helps in providing relief from skin issues and controlling the cholesterol levels. This rice is suitable for children, and those who have restrictions in eating certain foods due to allergies, without any discomfort to their internal system. 

Similar to the above, another red rice Kuruvikkar helps individuals to bounce back to good health sooner when they are in the recuperating phase. This rice is best consumed as a porridge for getting its full benefits. 

One another red rice is the Arubatham Kuruvai.  It gains its name based on the time it takes to grow. Also, this is an excellent rice for maintaining one’s bone health and strengthening of bones, while it also keeps a check on your diabetes and keeps your heart healthy. It is interesting to know, this crop is only close to 3 feet in size, but the vast benefits it gives you helps you a long way to lead a healthy life. 

A rich brown variant is the Bamboo Rice, this cures knee pain and arthritis. Rich in Vitamin B, Calcium and Phosphorus, it helps in easing joint pains, rheumatoid arthritis and gradually cures it. It is suitable for diabetic patients and controls the cholesterol levels in the body. 

Look no further to cleanse your intestine and promote your digestive functions. Your magic rice is the red variant, Kudavazhai. It is only natural to mention, once your toxins are out, your immunity is great. Kudal, refers to intestines in Tamil – hence the name of this rice. It helps the intestines to live longer (Vazhai, from its name) with good health. 

On the same lines, a red rice suitable for those suffering from constipation issues is Karuthakkar. It is also used in many medicines. 

Another medicinal property rich rice is ChandiKar, it helps strengthen the nervous system and is recommended to be had by those suffering from incurable diseases. 

There are multiple other rice varieties which our Farmers are cultivating. Some variants are Kallundai Samba, Kaadai Samba, Annam Azhagi, Seetha Bogam, Puzhugu Samba, Kurum Samba, Kulliyadichan, Mani Samba, Malli Samba, Milagu Samba, Mei Samba, Valaithadi Samba, Vaalan Arisi, Kaivarai Samba and so on. 

In a nutshell, every rice of the traditional rice family is good for health in an overall manner. As such one can consume it regularly, on a rotation to get the benefits of it, in general. However, some rice varieties can be consumed or targeted for recovering from specific ailments. All rice varieties can be consumed by children and adults. Their glycaemic index is low, they help in managing heart health and good cholesterol, improves digestion processes, cleanses the toxins from the system and doesn’t give the bloated feeling. Most of all it is all grown organically, and the fear of pesticides and preservatives can be forgotten. 

We, at Organic Positive are in the process of procuring Hand Pounded Rice varieties (Unpolished Rice varieties without the presence of husk) and all the other native rice varieties (Semi Polished white rice varieties and coloured rice varieties) our Farmers have begun cultivating. We require your support, so that we can in turn reach out to the farmers and make them grow these rare, rich variants and help our generation and the future generations to restore our health. 

We have also mentioned earlier that more members of the population consume such rice varieties, the farmers will also happily grow such rice varieties and we will have a good supply of these, which in turn may gradually reduce our expenses spent towards procuring them. This may take a little while, but the sooner we adapt to healthier choices, the benefits are for all of us, collectively. 

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Introducing Native Rice varieties

Introducing Native Rice varieties … [ Contd. ]

We will see you all very soon with another topic to enrich your lives..

Introducing Native Rice Varieties … [ Contd. ]

Introducing Native Rice Varieties … [ Contd. ]

Hello there!

This is your Krithiga Prabhakaran from Organic Positive.

Festivities were and are around the corner and We, at Organic Positive, have personally had the satisfaction of making delicious and healthy delicacies for many of my beloved customers and their families for this season. 

Thank you all for your immense confidence, trust in our Products and Produce and overwhelming feedback to us.  I am very grateful to each of you for your continued patronage. 

As promised, Here is the next release on my blog.  We will deep delve into our Traditional Rice varieties. The satisfaction that I get out of this series is to bring back to each of your homes, the long-forgotten rice varieties, which is the wealth of our land.

Without any further delay, let us get into the topic.

Traditional Rice Varieties – A Deep Delve

In the previous blog post, I had mentioned how our ancestors were blessed with More than One Lakh Indigenous Rice Varieties in their era and how, over the passage of time, our generations have only a few hundreds available today. 

Cultivation of Paddy has existed for several thousands of years by our ancestors.  These have grown in all weather conditions bearing the various changes that occurred in the environment, climatic conditions, floods, snowfall and even natural calamities.

 can rightly be said, Our Farmers were scientists; their tools were their Seeds and the Knowledge they gained from their forefathers. They knew what to cultivate, when and how; Which of the variant will flourish in a said situation and which would not. The Agricultural Revolution had brought about a drastic change which made the focus on cultivating more of “ Hybrid “ replacing our Traditional Rice varieties, which were medicines by itself, that our ancestors did not have the need to seek other medicines for their livelihood, unlike us.  We are in a stage, where we should preserve, protect, treasure and grow the ones that are available.  Several Farmers, Organic Farming enthusiasts, agriculturalists have led to finding, preserving the variants we have today, and it is our duty to hold on to the goodness and transform our lives.

Our Ancient Literary works have references of these rice variants and how they are beneficial to the earth and humans who consume them.  Not only these adages contain the characteristic feature of each of the variants, but also their growth period, the places they are grown, their flavor, their significance etc.,  On analyzing these verses, one can find that the struggle of today’s generation , mainly the lifestyle induced diseases could be brought under control and eradicated with regular consumption of these rice varieties, in the said manner.  The brilliance of such poetry and our land’s tradition cannot be measured, however – we can treasure it and multiply their manifold goodness!

All the Variants of Traditional Rice varieties combat and cure illnesses like imbalances between Vata – Pitta – Kapha , Flu , Diseases of Bile , Intestines, Indigestion, Allergies, Over heating of the body, Food Poisoning, Stimulating Appetite, Infertility, Poor Physique , Lethargy, Leprosy, High Blood Pressure, Liver, Kidney, Cancer, Diabetes etc., are just a few that get treated with regular consumption of these rice variants. 

Rice is the staple food of our land. It contains, Carbohydrates, Proteins, Vitamins, Iron, Magnesium, Calcium, Fibre etc. Neither Hybrid, nor the Polished versions of Rice will do any good for us and post the polishing we eat the residue without any of the beneficial content in them with only the starch content. But we can change our lives for good, by understanding the traditional rice variants and go back to our roots with better knowledge.  Hand Pounded, Unpolished Traditional Rice varieties must be our choice. 

So, let us explore some pertinent details about them and understand Who, What, Why and How we can Consume: 

The very basic fact that the traditional paddy by itself does not require artificial growth boosters or chemicals to protect them and have in them good immunity while they grow from a paddy to rice, upon sowing, is the first and foremost reason, we should be consuming them, as their goodness would pass onto us through consumption, in the right way. 

I would like to mention that I am doing immense research on this subject by referring to various texts and having conversations with many Farmers from which I have gained a treasure trove of knowledge.  I wanted to pass it on to the readers of my blog, and hence this attempt. 

Traditional Rice variants are available in various colors ranges of White, Yellow, Red, Black, Brown.  They grow between 60 to 270 days’ time.  They are named by considering various attributes like their color, the flavor, the land in which they are cultivated, their shape, their special feature/s, the ailment which they can help eradicate, the time they are ready for harvest and the like. 

Traditional Rice varieties need not only be consumed as Porridge or in a Watery Form that are tasteless , but can be transformed into numerous ways without losing their nutrient value into our snack / savory, incorporated and replaced in our meal instead of the polished rice varieties, flattened rice varieties and can be used to make our usual tiffin items. We are having plans from Organic Positive to include some detailed recipes for you to try out and incorporate the usage of the traditional rice varieties in your everyday lifestyle. 

White Rice varieties and their Benefits: 

Those who would want to begin consuming Traditional Rice varieties can begin with White Rice varieties.  We are all conditioned to accept that the rice or sadham (சாதம்), for consumption should be white and it would take some time to come out of that thought and whole-heartedly accept and acknowledge the others. 

In this segment, we will see the various White Rice varieties that can be incorporated in our daily lives.  

What I often hear from my Customers is , I am a Diabetic or I had Gestational Diabetes or the elders at home are Diabetic – We have been advised not to have Rice – Can I / They Consume Traditional Rice varieties? 

To all those out there, who have this question in your mind, here is my response… 

Rice is our Staple Food, and we must consume it.  Moderation is the key in our life, in all aspects, I would say.  Yes, it is a known fact, in today’s lifestyle, many of us suffer from TYPE 2 Diabetes.  Women suffer from PCOS, PCOD and are given medication for the same, which is for Pre-Diabetic / Type 2 Diabetes.  Please have Rice, all along you have been having the Hybrid ones and it got you to the stage of these lifestyle issues.  Now, is the time to replace your Hybrid / Modern Rice by the Traditional Rice varieties and see for yourself that you can Reverse your Life Style Issues and those who are healthy today will become younger and healthier as you grow old – when age is only going to be a number and your health is going to be better each day!   

Diabetes is a Dietary Disease but it can be reversed, when it is life style induced and is TYPE 2.  No doubt, controlling what you eat, how you work out, how much you weigh is all important, and together determine your overall health, but Food is the Sustenance of Life – if you eat right, you can set your life in the right path.

In general, the Glycemic Index [The rate at which the glucose mixes in your blood is called Glycemic Index] of the Traditional Rice varieties are low, hence it can be consumed by those suffering from diabetes.  Apart from this, let us see the specific benefits one gets out of consuming every White Rice Variant I am going to describe below, apart from being a good choice for those suffering from Diabetes.

All the rice varieties mentioned below are grown through Organic Farming without any harmful chemicals or pesticides.  The husk of most of these rice varieties can be used as fodder / feed for our cattle.  The manure derived from the Farm Animals are in turn given back to the growing crops as their feed.  As I mentioned in the past, if we “Nurture the Nature”, it is we, who are going to benefit.

TRADITIONAL WHITE RICE VARIETIES for EVERYDAY CONSUMPTION

A tasty white coloured rice, that is an excellent substitute for your everyday consumption is Thooyamalli Rice.  It protects and heals your internal organs with amazing anti-ageing properties and aids in the strengthening of the nervous system.

Kichali or Kichadi Samba is yet another White Rice, which boosts your immune, strengthens your muscles and provides an immense amount of iron and calcium to your body.  It is often mentioned that people with lesser physical activity can consume this variant and derive larger benefits because of its property.  Arcot Kichadi Samba is one other variant under this rice.

Thanga Samba, aptly named keeps your skin, teeth and heart healthy because of its anti – ageing properties.  True to it’s name, the grain by itself looks like gold. It is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, which makes one to glow from inside.  What we consume, defines how we look and how our health is.  Physical appearance of one brightens up without any exterior beautification of oneself, on regular consumption of this rice.

One of the aromatic rice varieties, Seeraga Samba helps in building immunity.  While the presence of Selenium in it, prevents colon, intestinal cancer. The fragrant and flavorful Seeraga Samba is used for Biryani Preparations because of its ability to aid in digestion. This is one of the rice varieties that is most suited for Pregnant Women. It relieves Constipation, cures Rheumatic Diseases, and helps to combat ulcers and mouth ulcers. Children and Elders can relish this rice, as it makes them more alert, avoid lethargy, feeling tired and helps to cleanse the system.  It is good for both men and women of fertile age.  This rice also aids in curing heart issues and helps prevent cancer.  In general, one can say, it increases the life span of the individual consuming it, as the benefits this rice brings to those who consume it keeps the person hale and healthy.

An excellent rice variety to cure anemia, protect the skin from any diseases and body from cancer.  It cleanses your intestines, improves the circulation of blood, cures urinary tract infections, aids in digestive disorders and is rich in nutrients and fiber.  This is none other than our White Rice called Garudan SambaIncluding this rice in your daily consumption, helps you reap its benefit over a period of time.

Kalanamak Rice is an aromatic rice, which was known to have been consumed by Buddha.  He advocated it as a medicine for many ailments.  It comes under the Satvik Rice Category.  It is a powerhouse of Zinc, Iron, and 40+ minerals in it.  This rice helps one to recover from Blood Cancer by increasing the cell count in the blood, helps in urinary tract infection cure, is a good source of nutrient rich rice,  for the Brain, Kidney, the Nervous System and the Circulatory System.  Those ailing from Kidney issues, High Blood Pressure, Diabetes, Skin, Bone Problems can find their cure by regularly consuming this rice.  Also, it is one of the rice varieties advised to be consumed by Pregnant Women.

Illupai Poo Samba is a white rice, which, derives its name from the fragrance it emits, which is similar to the Mahua Flower.  It is best suited for Biryanis due to its aroma and it is one of those rice varieties that can be easily cooked.  It is rich in Vitamin E, which restores the damaged cells in the body.  It is suitable for women of menstruating age, specifically to consume during their monthly cycles, which helps in relieving them of body aches.  It also helps those suffering from Stroke, any ailments that results out of excessive body heat.

Except for Seeraga Samba, All these Rice varieties can be used in the form of Cooked Rice, Biryani, in Idly and Dosa for the Batter, in Puttu, Idiyappam and Kozhukkatai in the form of the flour used and in Sweet Kheer and as a Porridge.  While our Seeraga Samba Rice is most preferred as a Cooked Rice and for Biryani.

I hope your basic questions of What, how to use in your daily lives as a substitute for White Rice is answered in this blog.  Please do reach out to us, for any doubts you may have.  Organic Positive has sourced all these rice variants from the Organic Farmers directly and we provide you all of them at the best quality in the most competitive and affordable price varieties in the market. 

Read my previous blog posts here: 

MY REBIRTH & MY MISSION

Introducing Native Rice varieties

I am going to come back next week with quite a lot of interesting information on Red, Black and Brown Rice Variants, so do watch out the space. 

With this information for now, I am signing off, do drop your comments and questions for me.

Stay Happy and Healthy!

Introducing Native Rice Varieties

Introducing Native Rice Varieties

Hi Everyone,

This is Krithiga Prabakaran from Organic Positive.

Hope you all had a great week.

In continuation of my previous post about my rebirth & my mission, I would like to introduce you to our Native / Traditional / Indigenous Rice Varieties in today’s blog.

When questioned about the rice varieties, a large sector of the population would mention about the various ” Brand Names under which they are marketed or Process Names by which they are referred to  before selling to the end customer “, instead of the name which is associated with the Rice. Each of us have a name and we are unique in our own way, so are our Rice Varieties smile. Let us get to know them better.

I am sure most of you are surprised to know that every variant of rice is denoted by a name!

Raw and Parboiled Rice are the names derived out of the processes that the rice produce undergoes.

Of course, there are many brand names one may have come across.

We cannot eat Rice soon after it is harvested.  The harvested Paddy is stored by the Farmers.

The older the Paddy is, the better it is for cooking and consumption.

Unlike Farm Fresh or Garden-Fresh Greens, Fruits and Vegetables, we do not have a Rice like that.  Paddy once harvested must be stored for a certain period of time.

When the husk is removed directly from paddy, it is Raw Rice whereas when it is boiled, dried and removed, it becomes Parboiled Rice.

The Parboiling of the Paddy is done to prevent the rice from breakage and to give it a durable shape.  Until a few centuries ago, this concept did not exist.

As days passed by, we became accustomed to buy and consume white rice which looks great in shape and texture.

Truth be told, all that looks fancy is not always healthy when it comes to the food industry, more specifically to our staple food, Rice.

There was once an era where the food that our ancestors ate was considered medicine. In Tamil it was referred to as “உணவே மருந்து“.

At that point in time, we had more than 1,50,000 variants of Rice.

Yes, that is for a fact, TRUE.

Now, alas we are left with about a little over One Hundred Rice Varieties.

These rice varieties that were existing were native to our land, which is why we are referring to it as ” Indigenous”.

Apart from those of us, who are already aware of the Native variants and consume them to reap the health benefits out of them, the rest of the population is not consuming the native rice varieties.

The fancy term ” Hybrid “, is something most of us are aware of.  What most of the population is exposed to, and is consuming, is only the Hybrid Variants.

Our Native Rice varieties grow for longer periods compared to the Hybrid Variants.

Neither can they give more produce, nor can they be cultivated at a shorter span, which led to the Native Rice varieties being slowly replaced by the Hybrid ones.

Native Rice varieties require a minimum of 100 days to a maximum of 6 months ( 180 days ) plus before than can be  harvested.  On the other hand , Hybrid Variants did not require much time, they could grow within a short span of 30-45 days and with the help of high yielding seeds, inception of chemical  Fertilizers and Pesticides their yield granted much  benefit from a production standpoint. Our Native Rice varieties did not require any of these artificial enhancers for their yield.  Our Farmers who produce Native Rice resort to Organic Farming and use natural ways to enhance the growth of the crops and to combat pests that are harmful for their growth.

Unfortunately, to save time and efforts involved, we opted for the Hybrid Variants.

Our Native Rice varieties are a boon to our Farmers and our eco system.

They wanted us to wait for them to grow. Their water needs are very less compared to the Hybrid Variants. They help our soil retain and enhance its fertility. Most of all they would have made us much healthier and prevented most of the diseases we have today.

The glycemic index of many of the Native Rice varieties are much lesser compared to the Hybrid Polished Rice.

The thought process  that eating rice is the reason for many lifestyle diseases or that once you are affected by one or a many of such non communicable diseases , cutting down the carbohydrates , cutting down Rice is not correct for our Native Rice varieties.

This is because of the Hybrid Variants which came halfway to us and deteriorated our health.

 *Our Native Rice is a panacea for all our health issues.*

Why should we cut down our rice varieties, why cannot we switch to our native rice consumption and give the joy to our tastebuds to explore a variety of tastes associated with our Native Rice.

Mother Nature has abundantly blessed our Native Rice varieties with lovely hues of Red, Brown, and Black with immense benefits in each of them.

Every type of land, every soil and climatic condition is capable to grow a few variants of each of Our Native Rice varieties.

Some rice varieties are even grown on lakes and our farmers used boats to harvest them.

If we *Nurture the Nature*, it is we, who are going to benefit.

It is time we get back to our roots or at least explore it and if it is a good choice, why not make the right decisions for our children, elders, and us.

I hope this was a good read for you.  This may have paved way for you to think about and explore Native Rice varieties.

Please leave your questions for me and I am more than happy for answering to your queries.

Please do not forget to read my previous posts here:

MY REBIRTH & MY MISSION

This is only a beginning, and we can explore more together.

Until I meet you through my blog post, next week, this is me, Krithiga Prabakaran, signing off and wishing you have a great and healthy week ahead!

My Rebirth & My Mission

My Rebirth & My Mission

Last week, I made a promise to everyone about sharing with you, the art of sustainable living.

Here I am, to start with the story of …

MY REBIRTH AND MY MISSION

before we discuss the details in our series THE ART OF SUSTAINABLE LIVING

This is Krithiga Prabakaran, the founder of Organic Positive. I am on a mission to transform the lifestyle of 1 lakh people.

I plan to educate and inspire you all to consume indigenous rice varieties and millets, to avoid the usage of white and adulterated toxic food in your day to day life.

I worked as a software engineer in a MNC for 6 years. I never had thought about organic food, sustainable living, Indigenous rice varieties, millets etc..

I was a person who loves pizza, burger, Fried chicken and all possible junk foods.

As a middle class family girl, I lived with maida, refined oil, refined sugar.

Then what made me to change my lifestyle?

It is a simple thought process that came to me when I became pregnant , for the very first time , The mother’s instinct in me, started working. I had this amazing urge, to check around me, us and the world, see what is the BEST and give only that to my baby.

Have you ever looked around the world and ever thought about the below problems?

Did our ancestors have diabetics?

Did they have any fertility issues? Surprisingly they had min of 10+ children! drew my attention towards the magical words Organic , Traditional Foods.

If we go back and explore our respective family trees we knew our forefathers sometimes had more than one dozen siblings or atleast half a dozen.

Did the women in our lineage have PCOD nor did they mention of Hormonal imbalance?

And most importantly the Life threatening term CANCER, was it ever heard like how it is today?

Globally 1 in 6 deaths is due to cancer and once a famous Oncologist mentioned that we are the poor generation going to see the death of the next generation death during our lifetime.

Let us make sure the life style we make today , makes the words of the onocologist untrue.

Life expectancy has decreased vastly due to diseases that are not contagious.

Diabetes , Heart Attacks, organ failures, to name a few.

These are the questions that struck me and drew me towards mindful eating throughout my pregnancy and I was blessed to have natural birthing.

Unfortunately my daughter had breathing issues and was in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

I had planned a lot after her birth but I was not even able to give her my colostrum.

Motherhood Journey is unique and different for everyone.

When I started solid foods for my daughter, I dwelled even more into organic foods.

My first exploration was towards Native rice varieties, millets. The very First Rice I gave her was Mapillai Samba and then gave all rices in rotation.

This was the turning point in our lives to completely switch over from the polished and hybrid rice varieties to our native rice and millet varieties.

This is the reason that led to the beginning of my mission.

Throughout my second pregnancy, I was feeding my first child and later on tandem feeding both my children.

I am a woman , a mother , a person from a middle class household and possibly I can relate to many of you all reading this.

I understand that not many are aware of the practises of our ancestors and their healthy food habits.

We have forgotten the foods what our ancestors ate!

We forgot their lifestyle!

We forgot our traditional food crops !

We forgot our Indigenous rice and millets!

But I am here to help you all… a self starter on my mission but looking forward to get support from you all as I begin my baby steps with my brand Organic Positive.

Stay tuned to know more about Indigenous rices and millets.

We will explore more along the way.

Magic Millets

Magic Millets

We are very excited to introduce another healthy family of grains to you!
They are none other than the “Magic Millets”!

Mrs. Krithiga’s story – “I would like to share a story that happened in my life.
A while ago, I and my family had gone to the Vandalur zoo in Chennai, it was a very beautiful family outing and it was also a bright sunny day.
By afternoon, I must say, most of us were drained and were ready to go home! BUT my dad who is more than 65 years old was as energetic as a young lad and did not want to go back home already! We were astonished by his enthusiasm and stamina! But would you believe it? The millets he ate as a child and young man were the reason behind his never-ending strength! It was a staple at his home when he grew up.”

 

Have you looked through the diet chart provided by our government to build immunity during this time of pandemic?? Don’t be surprised to know that it’s a millet based diet! Millets provide enormous stamina and build immunity. Millets ought to be on the diet of our kids in order to build them strong.

Don’t know where and how to begin? Here are 7 magic millets that you can start using in your daily diet and reap benefits without waiting any longer!

Little Millet (Saamai): Highest fat content of all the millets, digestion-friendly.

Pearl Millets (Kambu): High calcium, protein, iron, and magnesium content, helps reduce bad cholesterol.

Finger Millet (Ragi): High protein and calcium content, good for diabetics and anaemics.

Foxtail Millet (Thinai): Highest mineral content of all millets, good for immunity.

Barnyard Millet (Kuthiraivali): Highest fiber and iron content of all millets, rich in antioxidants.

 

Kodo Millet (Varagu): High fiber, protein, and phytochemical content, ideal for diabetics and for weight loss.

Sorghum (Cholam): High antioxidant content, commonly eaten with the edible hull, thereby retaining most of its nutrients.

Knowing all this now, let’s pledge to include our millet friends in our daily meals to stay fit and healthy!

Find and buy these amazing millets on our website, the secret to a healthy life ahead!