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Chaffed About It

Komal saul, a rice meal without the cooking

Chaffed About It
CRRI
Chaffed About It
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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

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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.

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