Palakkadan Matta Rice

GI Number - 36


Choice of the Chera and Chola Dynasties, the Palakkad Matta rice, is commonly referred to as Royal Rice.  Being Historically popular, this Indigenous Rice variety has Robust and Distinct Earthy Flavour!

The Adventurous Rice Story

Limited only to royal families, one adventurous farmer chanced upon this unique variety in the Kings farm and carried it away with “Matta”, meaning Areca leaf. The paddy fell in the public domain and was later sowed by normal farmers and soon became a crop for all.

Uniqueness of Palakkadan Matta rice

  • The red rice variety is famed for its unique flavor and brown colour.

  • Bold grains with red pericarp ensures the presence of higher nutritional content and    Fiber Content.

  • Parboiling of Rice further ensures the retention of nutrients.  

Matta Rice Interesting Facts

❖ Red rice was originally invented in China during the Tang dynasty in 800 AD. 

❖ Palakkadan Matta rice was the choice of the royal families of Chola and Chera dynasties of India. 

❖ Kerala Rice Calories :- One serving cup of 1/4 size can contain 160 calories and 1 gram of fiber.

❖ There are more than 40,000 varieties of cultivated rice. 

❖ India is the second largest producer of Rice, wherein China leads in production. 

❖ Rice is a symbol of life and fertility, which is why rice was traditionally thrown at weddings.

Health Benefits of Matta rice

  • It contains Manganese and Zinc, which have antioxidant properties.

  • Matta Rice is heart friendly, this contains Vitamin B6, that helps to balance RBC, in the bloodstream.

  • It is capable of Controlling Cholesterol.

  • It is completely fat-free and can lower obesity.

  • It is also capable of fighting asthma. 

Palakkadan Matta Rice has been registered with the Geographical Indications (GI) registry of Government of India in 2007.

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