Karuppu Kowni Rice (Traditional Black Rice) 500g.

Karuppu Kowni Rice (Traditional Black Rice) 500g

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Order 100% Organic Karuppu Kowni Rice and other Organic Traditional Rice Varieties Online (Exclusively Vaccum Packed) from Sweet Karam Coffee

(Scroll down for benefits unique nutritional properties)

Sweet Karam Coffee is happy to partner with Namma Nellu to bring 100% organic rice varieties to your home.

About Namma Nellu: 

  • India is endowed with very exceptionally rich biodiversity in rice. So rich that it will take you 500 years to taste all native varieties of rice just once if you eat one rice a day!
  • Since 1995 Centre for Indian Knowledge Systems (CIKS) an NGO has been conserving traditional rice varieties and documenting and researching their agronomic properties.
  • Through the years they have realised that these varieties are important not only for their agronomic properties (flood/drought resistance, pests/disease resistance, suitability to various soil types and ecosystems etc.) but also their value in terms of nutrition, culinary traditions and therapeutic value.
  • The numbers and extent of cultivation of these varieties have been declining sharply and many of these varieties are threatened with extinction.
  • Namma Nellu through Sempulam Sustainable Solutions is involved in helping these farmers market these varieties. Systematic monitoring of organic cultivation of these varieties is ensured. Farmers are paid a premium price at the point of purchase itself. Namma Nellu provides branding and marketing support and ensures the customer organically cultivated traditional varieties.
  • Namma Nellu also procures region-specific rice varieties from across India from genuine organic farmers. Along with its huge range of traditional organic rice varieties, organically cultivated pulses and millets are also procured directly from farmers and supplied to the consumers.
  • During the course of its work for the last 27 years on indigenous seed conservation, the Centre for Indian Knowledge Systems (CIKS) has collected more than 100 indigenous varieties of rice suitable for cultivation in Tamil Nadu.
  • Several indigenous paddy varieties have a low Glycemic Index (GI) and this is of crucial importance in a population with a high and increasing incidence of diabetes.


    All the farmers are cultivating the traditional rice varieties in organic farming without the use of pesticides and any forms of chemicals. So, all the nutrients are retained in the rice which meets the requirement of the body and keeps our system healthy. You can place an order for any of the 14 organic traditional rice varieties in our online farm store.

    Organic is not a trend, it is the traditional way to live healthy.

     Nutritional Properties

    The rice is rich in antioxidant and anthocyanin properties. It has high calcium, potassium, magnesium, and zinc.



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    Karuppu Kowni - The Sweet Special

    Karupu Kowni is a rice variety native to Tamil Nadu, mostly cultivated in Sivagangai district. Due to the nature of the grain, it is not suitable for meals, but only for sweets along with coconut milk. This rice can be used to prepare Sweet Pongal, Puttu etc.

    Karupu Kowni or black rice as it called is rich in nutrients and antioxidants. While this crop takes 150 - 170 days to grow, it is cultivated during September - January. This is a traditional rice variety. This grain can grow easily with the help of organic manures such as green and green leaf manure. This is one of the grains which require very less water and pest resistance. It is said that, since this is highly nutritious, this variety was taken mostly by the rules and their ministers in the olden era of Kingdom rule in China and if other people consume this rice, the rulers punish them. Even now, Karupu Kowni rice is famous in the Chettinad region in Tamil Nadu where it is widely used during events and functions.

    Medicinal benefits of Karupu Kavuni
    • Rich in Antioxidants helps the body prevent or slow down the cell damage
    • Balances the blood pressure level
    • Reduces the probability of diabetes, cancer, and heart-related problems
    • Vitamin C presence helps in improving the quality of skin and hair
    • Plays a vital role in weight loss
    • Good for kidney and liver

    Characteristics of the grain

    The rice is dark brown in colour with bold rice quality. 

    Therapeutic Properties

    Used for curing arthritic and a great variety for diabetes

    Suitable Dishes

    • Suits for Rice desserts like Sweet Pongal.
    • Can be used as regular table rice.
    • Can be made into tasty porridge.
    • Ideal for making Idly Dosa



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