Soak It, Eat It
- Scientists want to popularise rice varieties that can be eaten without cooking
- Known as komal saul (soft rice), they are part of the Assamese traditional diet
- These varieties just need to be soaked in water for 45 minutes
- CRRI has grown one variety outside Assam for the first time
- No changes have been reported in taste or productivity
A rice that doesn’t need to be cooked! At a time when climate change and energy conservation is top priority everywhere, could such a rice emerge as the one quirky metaphor in our fight to stave off global warming? Indeed, scientists at the Cuttack-based Central Rice Research Institute (CRRI) are now popularising certain rice varieties that can be eaten straight after soaking the grains in water.