After the term ‘immunity’ suddenly gained a lot of importance, many started finding ways to improve their immune system.
There are around 100 traditional rice varieties in Tamil Nadu, but most of them have been forgotten over time and are unheard of. For the past few years, she has been travelling to various parts of the state in search of traditional rice varieties. “These rice varieties have great nutritional value and can be consumed by children and elders as well. Through my organic rice store, Mannvasanai, I have been home delivering rice bags during the lockdown as well. I have also made a health mix with Karuppu Kavuni and different grains,” she adds.
Since many aren’t used to cook with native varieties, Menaka also gets calls asking the method of cooking rice. “Some varieties need to be soaked in water for a few hours before cooking. Also, there is a difference in the water to rice ratio. You can make dishes like idli, dosa, puttu, idiyappam with unpolished rice. I also share some easy recipes over the phone. Native rice consumption shouldn’t be just to improve the immunity for time being; one should continue using it forever. It’s a wakeup call for all of us to take care of our health and sustain the future of the next generation,” Menaka opines