- RARE, ANCIENT & AROMATIC: Kala Namak Rice is a rare, ancient and aromatic rice from the land of Lord Buddha- Kapilvastu (currently Siddharthnagar district, Uttar Pradesh). Kalanamak cultivation dates back to 600BC. The aroma of this rice is said to be the gift of Lord Buddha to the people.
- OUTSHINES BASMATI: Except grain length, Kala namak Rice outshines Basmati in all most all other traits including aroma, nutritional value, Glycemic index (G.I.), elongation after cooking, palatability etc.
- G.I. TAGGED: Awarded the Geographical Indication (G.I.) tag in 2013 by Govt. of India to identify its limited area of origin which is approximately 64 sq. kms along the Indo- Nepal border.
- DIABETIC-FRIENDLY RICE: Glycemic Index (G.I.) is the relative measure of how a food items affects the blood sugar level after consumption. The Glycemic Index for Kalanamak Rice is LOW (GI<55), which implies that this is a diabetic friendly rice.
- 40% HIGHER NUTRITION: Strong aroma, Sweet taste, soft texture and a high content of Zinc, Iron, Copper, Magnesium and other minerals.
Kalanamak’s cultivation dates back to 600 BC and grains similar to Kala namak have been excavated at Aligarhwa, Siddhartnagar - identified as the territory of Buddha's father, King Shuddodhan.
KALANAMAK RICE AND LORD BUDDHA
Fa-Hsein, a Chinese Buddhist monk who traveled to Ancient India to acquire Buddhist texts during the 5th Century BC, notes in his travelogues that when Gautama Buddha visited Kapilvastu for the first time after attaining ‘enlightenment’, he was stopped by villagers who asked him for 'prasad'. Lord Buddha blessed the villagers of Kapilvastu with grains of Kala namak, asking them to sow it in a marshy place. “The rice will have typical aroma which will always remind people of me," he said. This rice variety, if sown elsewhere, loses its aroma and quality.
KALANAMAK DURING BRITISH RAJ
Kalanamak was so coveted by the British East India Company, that they built four reservoirs at Bajha, Marthi, Moti, and Majhauli to produce Kala namak in a large quantity and transported it to England from Uska-bazar mandi, passing through Dhaka (now in Bangladesh) via sea route Due to increasing demand of Kalanamak rice they later captured the land around Kapilvastu, and established Birdpur and Alidapur states for Kala namak production. After independence, Uska-bazar mandi became nonfunctional due to negligence. This led to a fall in production of Kalanamak and it became the famous lost rice of India.