GI Number -553
Katarni, a superior fine grain variety is a Ceremonial Rice grown in Bihar and is known for its pleasant fragrance, a local relish and excellent cooking quality. The Rice variety was introduced by Maharaja Rahmat Khan Bahadur and has equal export potential as that of Basmati Variety.
Uniqueness of Katarni Rice
Untainted appearance and delectable taste.
Brown Husk with awl shaped apex.
Strongly aromatic cooked and uncooked rice.
Soft and Non-sticky rice with good digestible qualities.
Famous for palatability and beaten rice making qualities.
❖ Scented Rice have been grown in India about 2500 years since the time of Susruta.
❖ The First documented record of both scented rice and short duration rice in India was made by Susruta.
❖ It is believed that Maharaja Rahmat Ali Khan Bahadur of Kharagpur was the first person to get Katarni planted in Bhagalpur region.
❖ Each rice seed can produce up to 3,000 grains, which is the highest level of production amongst cereals.
❖ There are 40,000 different cultivated species.
❖ Pillows made of natural textiles stuffed with rice are an excellent aid for relieving back and neck pain.
Health Benefits of Katarni Rice
Contains a good balance or proteins, carbohydrates and fibre.
Represents a good source of some vitamins and minerals.
Low in calories and fat.
Katarni rice has been registered with the Geographical Indications (GI) registry of Government of India in 2018.