Karuppu Kavuni Rice


Karuppu Kavuni (black rice) has a rich cultural history; it is called ‘Emperor’s rice’, and it was reserved for the Emperor in ancient China and used as a tribute food.

Alternative Names:

Forbidden rice, Emperor rice, purple rice and black rice



Karuppu Kavuni Rice (Black Rice) is a traditional rice variety primarily cultivated in Tamil Nadu, India. People also refer to it as black kavuni rice or simply kavuni rice. Its unique taste, texture, and nutritional benefits make this rice highly valued. It is also called  as Forbidden rice or Black Kavuni rice.

Traditional Ayurvedic medicine utilizes rice, believed to possess medicinal properties, to treat a variety of ailments.

Farmers consider the cultivation of this rice sustainable and eco-friendly because it is a hardy crop with minimal water and fertilizer requirements.

Black rice benefits:
  • Black rice is a great source of antioxidants that aid in the body’s defense against free radicals, which can lead to oxidative stress and cell damage.
  • Because this type of rice has a low glycemic index, it may help control blood sugar levels and avoid insulin spikes.
  • It has a lot of dietary fiber, which can help with constipation prevention, digestive health, and heart disease risk reduction.
  • This type of rice is full of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that are vital to good health.
    Being naturally gluten-free, Karuppu Kavuni Rice is an excellent choice for those who have celiac disease or gluten sensitivity.

Black rice recipe:

You can cook dishes like idlis and dosas, as well as desserts like payasam or pudding with forbidden rice

Visit our online rice shop to get varieties of millet and traditional Indian rice varieties like Thooyamalli Rice, Kattuyanam, Mappilai Samba Rice, Kichili Samba Rice, Poongar Rice and more.

Recipe Video:

Kavuni Rice Pudding

Kavuni arisi Halwa

Weight N/A

Boiled 500gm, Boiled 1kg, Raw 500gm, Raw 1kg

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