Kattuyanam Rice is a popular rice variety in Tamil Nadu, India. It is an organic red rice variety that is unpolished and helps to improve heart health by lowering bad cholesterol. It can be used to make a variety of breakfasts. Kattuyanam rice is simple to prepare as idly, dosa, or porridge, and it can help us improve our health by eating this organic product.



Kattuyanam rice? Some of us may not be heard about the name..(maybe most of us?)

Because today youngsters have forgotten most of the traditional food followed by our ancestors and have already begun eating beef burgers and ham pizzas.

Why didn’t we understand that we should at least give important for nutrition than that of lifestyle?

So, should we give up today’s food? Instead, we can replace many things in our daily recipes such as rice, oil, ghee and add things like many people think that rice is the founder of lifestyle diseases like diabetes. But it’s not! Without a doubt, it is not the rice we eat but the type matters the most. Unfortunately, rice are polished and stripped of the bran and so the minerals and vitamins are completely lost!

In today’s article, I am going to tell something new about Kattuyanam. That sounds weird, right?

Well, the height of the trees is enough to hide an elephant behind it. That’s why it is called Kattuyanam. Also, this is one of the rice varieties grown in many parts of South India especially Tamilnadu.

The duration required to yield is 125-130 days. It is also called parboiled rice. Thus, the red coloured kernel is due to the presence of anthocyanins like apigenin, myricetin and quercetin and bran.


Kattuyanam rice is usually unhauled or partially hulled and the husk is red in color. Additionally, has nutty flavor when consumed. How to cook this? Finally, I will surely mention some delicious healthy recipes I come upon.


They are deeply pigmented and contains an impressive array of nutrients and plant compounds. Also, this red rice is higher in protein and fibre content (both soluble and insoluble) and a rich source of antioxidants.


Health Benefits of Kaatuyanam rice

1. High Fiber Content

It is known to prevent or relieve constipation. Moreover, it contains both soluble and insoluble fibre.

Soluble fiber– It dissolves in water to form a gel-like material. It lowers blood glucose and cholesterol levels.

Insoluble fiber– It promotes the movement of materials through the digestive system.

It increases stool bulk to relieve constipation for those who are struggling for passing stools. It normalizes bowel movement and maintains bowel health.

2. Source Of Vitamin B

Kattuyanam rice helps to keep the cells and nerves healthy. It makes DNA, the genetic material of the cells and prevents folic acid and vitamin b12 deficiency (megaloblastic) anemia.

3. Ideal For Diabetes

Kattuyanam arise is called the enemy of diabetes. It is a really low glycemic index food. The glycemic index is a measurement of a carbohydrate-containing food raises blood sugar in our body.

The Kattuyanam decreases the glucose breakdown in our body that reducing or preventing diabetes.


4. Ideal Source Of Manganese, Zinc and Iron

Kattuyanam helps with amino acid digestion and utilization. It contributes to many bodily functions like glucose, cholesterol and carbohydrates. It plays an important role in bone formation and bone clotting.

Iron is an important component of hemoglobin which helps in the formation of red blood cells which plays an important role in the transportation of O2 from the lungs to other parts of the body.

It helps to reduce the risk of iron deficiency anemia. The zinc plays an important role in the invading virus and bacteria and boosts our immune system.


5. Delays Skin Aging

The anthocyanins content in Kattuyanam arise delays ageing and wrinkles, freckles, pigmentation etc.


How to cook kaatuyanam arisi?

  • Add 3 cups of water to one cup of rice.
  • Wait for 6 to 8 whistles in a pressure cooker.
  • Simmer gas stove for 15 minutes and serve hot.

Kattuyanam Dosai


  • Kattuyanam rice 1 cup
  • Urad dal 1/3
  • Fenugreek 10 grams


  • Firstly, wash and soak the rice both Kattuyanam and urad dal separately for 4 to 5 hours.
  • Secondly, soak fenugreek seeds along with urad dal.
  • Grind them to make the batter and leave it for a time for fermentation for 5-6 hours.
  • Now the batter is ready.
  • Heat the pan and apply oil on it.
  • After the pan has heated simmer the stove a little and start to spread the batter thinly in a circular motion.
  • Close the pan using a lid.
  • Open them while the outer crust is brown in color.
  • Finally, our easiest healthy dosas are ready! Serve it with your favorite chutney!


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