Navara Rice – Origin, Benefits and Cooking Methods

Navara rice is one of the many types of rice found in India, and has its origin from Kerala. There seems to have been about a hundred varieties of rice but only about 20 types are said to be existing. Navara is one of them. Navara can be consumed directly or can also be powdered and then mixed with milk and taken in the form of a cereal. smiley

 Varieties of Navara

Navara has two varieties” black glumed navara” and “golden yellow glumed navara”

Black Glumed Navara:

It is red in color and is known for its medicinal properties. It is a Kerala traditional ayurvedic medicine. This one is what Jeevamrut is going to deliver and its in zero polished format retaining the nutrients. yes

 Navara rice –Health benefits

yesIt is good for people with diabetes

yesit is a rejuvenator and improvises the immune system

yes It helps in digestion and improves metabolism and keeps emaciation at bay.

yesIt is used for curing rheumatoid arthritis

yesPromotes the growth of RBCs, can cure Anemia

yesstrengthens bones and prevents osteoporosis

Navara rice for babies

On other hand navara rice can be given as baby food for babies above 6 months of age. Navara rice food can increase babies weight. This is a natural energizer and safe weaning food for babies

Navara – Jaggery Sweet Rice / Payasam

Thanks to Leela for sharing this recipe. If you have friends in Kerala, you can check with them about Navara Payasam served in the temples, it is a very famous variety in Kerala. It is believed to have medicinal properties to rectify the basic ailments affecting the respiratory, circulatory as well as the digestive system.

Navara Rice – 250gm
Jaggery – 750 gm
Ghee – 1-2 table spoon
Cardamom Powder – 1 tsp
Coconut Milk – 150-200 ml

Method of preparation:

  1. Boil one liter of water, add rice to it and keep cooking till rice is soft and smooth. (Add less water if you dont want it very dilute. If you add more water it can also serve as a porridge/payasam.)
  2. Add half portion of the coconut milk and stir continuously.
  3. Dissolve jaggery in 100 ml water and strain.
  4. While the rice is being cooked, add liquid jaggery , ghee and cardamom powder. Add the rest of coconut milk and boil.
  5. Serve it hot if its thick, if its in porridge form cold is better.

Few other ways to cook Navara Rice:

Methods to cook Navara Rice
How to prepare navara  rice powder
How to prepare Navara rice baby food


  • 1 cup Navara Rice
  • 4 cups of water


  • Navara rice – 250 gm


  • Navara rice powder – 2 or 3 spoon (15gm)
  • Jaggery – 1 tsp
  • Milk -100ml


  1. Take one cup of red rice in a vessel. Wash it in water and drain it.
  2. Add 4 cups of water and we are going to pressure cook it. Pressure cook it for 3 to 4 whistles. I mean 2 whistles more than white rice
  3. When the pressure subsides, open the lid. The rice is cooked. We need to strain the extra water and the strained rice is ready to serve with any curry or dal of your choice.


  1. Soak this rice in water for 3o minutes
  2. Drain water completely and powder the rice
    Dry  it moisture free.
  3. This can be done by gently heating the powder for a few minutes or drying the powder in sunlight.
    Keep aside the rice powder for regular use




  1. Mix navara rice powder with water without lumps.
  2. Add milk and jaggery syrup and mix them well
  3. Once the mixture starts boiling, keep the flame on low and continue heating till the mixture becomes semi-solid.
  4. Cool the baby food before feeding the baby.
  5. The method mentioned above is one of the traditional methods used in Kerala to prepare baby food.

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