Grains of Goodness

At our 40-acre organic farm in Manjakkudi, Kumbakonam, we cultivate heritage, artisanal, non-hybrid rice, using purely organic practices. Rich in nutrients, these organically grown grains are pesticide-free and also in turn protect our soil. At our fields, located in the heart of the janma-bhoomi of Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati, we hand-select only the best quality seeds. We harvest only twice a year during the traditional harvesting season in the rain-fed, sun-kissed paddy field to ensure the highest quality.


Kaatuyaanam, a rice variety cultivated mainly in the coastal delta region of Tamil Nadu grows upto over seven feet tall. It has the ability to hide an elephant, hence the crop was given this name. ('Kaatu' meaning forest and 'Yaanam' meaning elephant). The rice keeps diabetes and arthritis under control, boosts immunity, and protects against skin problems.


Kalajeera rice, also known as the 'Prince of Rice' is an aromatic variety. Originating from Orissa, it has a darker shade and looks like coriander seeds. It is believed to increase hemoglobin levels and body metabolism. This fragrant grain has antispasmodic, stomachic, carminative, hypolipidemic, antibacterial, astringent and sedative properties. Ancient text explains that Kalajeera improves memory and controls diabetes.

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Karuppu Kavuni

Black rice called as 'Kavuni Arisi' in Tamil, is a rich grain that has been grown in India since the Chola period. With powerful disease-fighting antioxidants, this sticky texture, contains dietary fibre, anti-inflammatory properties, and has the ability to prevent diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and even weight gain.

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Kichili Champa

Kichili Champa also called ‘Chitti Muthyalu’ (meaning small pearls) is an extremely fine and long grain rice, which was often used to prepare pulao and biryani. With a relatively low glycemic index of 50, it is a table rice that can be served every day.

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Iluppai Poo Champa

Iluppai Poo Champa variety gets its name because it has the fragrance of the Bassia Latifolia flower. When consumed, it increases hemoglobin levels and improves breathing patterns.

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Mapillai Champa

As the name suggests this rice was given to the mapillai (bridegroom). The night before the wedding, cooked grains of this rice variety were soaked in water overnight. In the morning, the bridegroom would drink the supernatant water of the soaked grains, which was full of enriching nutrients and prove his strength and valour by lifting a heavy boulder. This rice is said to improve digestion, cure mouth ulcers, and is suitable for people with diabetes. It increases hemoglobin count and is believed to fight cancer. This fibrous rice helps keep the mind and body alert.

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Thooyamalli, a traditional rice variety, gets its name from its striking resemblance of jasmine buds. Thooyamalli is a tasty rice that strengthens the nerves in the body. Loaded with medicinal benefits, this grain delays the ageing of internal organs, keeps the mind active and the skin healthy.

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Rose Matta

​Commonly known as Kerala Red Rice, or Red Parboiled Rice or Palakkadan Matta Rice​, it is an indigenous variety and rich in fiber and selenium. A delicious rice that also helps in digestion and weight loss as it keeps one full and satiated for a long time. Appams, idlis, murukku and various other dishes can be made from this rice. This rice is a rich source of magnesium, calcium and helps in the prevention of heart diseases and osteoporosis.


This red coloured rice has multiple nutritional benefits. Usually recommended during pregnancy, consuming Poongkar rice helps in the process of lactation. When consumed as ‘kanji’ or rice gruel, it improves the skin and boosts energy. The rice-soaked water when given to expectant mothers through the duration of pregnancy, keeps women healthy as it builds immunity. The grain’s husk is nutritious and tasty. This rice is highly beneficial for hormonal balance and strengthening bones. Hence, Poongkar rice is also known as Women’s Rice.

​ P​opularly used to make soft and delicious Idly, Dosa, Idiyappam and Puttu and similar steamed dishes.​ It is also known as “Arubatham Kodai” as it is considered a reliable crop for farmers. It grows to a maximum height of 5 feet and is suited for saline soil.

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