This is a long-duration aromatic rice traditionally grown in Tamil Nadu. It derives its name because the small white ovular fine grains resemble seeds of Seeragam/Jeera/Cumin, and it is mostly cultivated in the Samba season (August to January). Seeraga Samba is the most expensive rice grown.
It has ovular grain and has a distinct taste with starch flavour. The grain is much harder than the other types. Since this type of rice has selenium in it, consuming it prevents the occurrence of colon and intestinal cancer. Also this type of rice has ample amounts of phytonutrients in it, consuming it helps women to be free from breast cancer.
It has a higher Calorific value (172 Kcal), Highly rich in fiber and antioxidants. This helps to eradicate free radicals from the intestinal tract and colon. Reduces and controls the cholesterol level – It means that this type of rice reduces bad cholesterol called LDL (Low-density Lipoprotein cholesterol) and increases good cholesterol called HDL (High-density Lipoprotein cholesterol) in your body.
It acts as a shield to the heart and strengthens it. It is easy to digest and helps to get rid of constipation. Best suited for Biryani, Variety rice and plain rice.
The rice should be soaked for 30 minutes before cooking. It is usually cooked with two cups of water for every one cup of rice in a pressure cooker with three whistles. Tastes a lot better when cooked in a classical Method of cooking without a pressure cooker.