Navara is considered to be a medicinal rice. It increases one’s immunity and is especially consumed during the monsoon season. It has been mentioned in multiple Ayurvedic scripts for treatment of many diseases.
In olden days when Warriors come back Injured, they use to consume this Rice to heal Wounds. This rice also has religious significance and is used in temples for ceremonies.
Navara rice can be cooked with milk and herbs to treat internal wounds. Navara rice is good for underweight children. Navara rice is recommended for pregnant women.
Alternative Names: Navara rice | Njavara Rice | Shashtika Rice | Herbal Rice| Ayurvedic Herbal Rice| Popular Kerala Navara Rice | Black glumed Navara Rice
ASTANGA SAMGRAHA OF VAGBHATA (4th century AD approx) (page 116) – As translated from Sanskrit Sastika means the paddy which matures in 60 days, is best among the rice, and is unctuous, easily digestible, sweet, mitigates all the three doshas, stays long inside the body (alimentary tract) and cold in potency; it is of two kinds – gaura (white) and asita – gaura (blackish – white)
SUSRUTA SAMHITA (Page 450) (400 – 200 BC) Sastikas are sweet in taste and digestion and pacify the vayu and kapha. Their properties are somewhat identical to those of Sali rice in as much as they are considered constructive tonic. The sastika is prominently the most efficacious of all other species and leaves an astringent after-taste in the mouth. It is light, mild, demulcent and imparts strength and firmness to the body.
Note: Navara is a sastika rice variety of Kerala.Navara is used as a nutritional rice and health food. Even though Navara has been recognised for its medicinal values from very olden times cultivation of this rice variety in pure form is almost extinct. The reasons for this are many, including non-availability of pure seeds, low yield and high cost of production leading to commercial non viability of cultivation of this variety.