6 Reasons Why You Should Have Bamboo Rice


I was first introduced to bamboo rice or moongil arisi (Tamil), a few years back, in my cousin’s house. She had made a delicious kheer out of this grain (which I initially mistook for wheat since it tasted very similar to it).

This initiated me on a journey to learn more about this medicinal rice.

Bamboo rice is actually the seed that is produced by a flowering bamboo at the end of its life span.

It is considered to be a forest produce and in most places only the local tribals are given access and allowed to collect these seeds. Given the height and thorniness of the bamboo,this is no ordinary rice harvest!

For the cleanest collection, the area around the base of each clump of bamboo is cleared of debris, then smoothed down with a slurry of clay. When this has dried, the bamboo rice is gently shaken down onto the prepared surface and then gathered up to be cleaned and consumed.

Bamboo rice is not commonly available since their flowering pattern is highly unpredictable and it may vary from a few years to up to 100 years for a bamboo plant to flower.

6 Health Benefits Of Bamboo Rice

1. Studies conducted on the Kani tribes in Kanyakumari forests have shown that they consume Bamboo rice for its fertility enhancing properties.

2. Higher protein content than both rice and wheat.

3. Controls Joints pain, back pain and rheumatic pain.

4. Lowers cholesterol levels

5. Good source of vitamin B6

6. Has anti-diabetic properties

So How Is Bamboo Rice Cooked?

It can be cooked and consumed just like our regular rice. Bamboo rice has a nice chewy taste and is very similar to unpolished rice. It goes well with most Indian curries.

ny Bamboo Rice  Bamboo Rice Cooked


Wash and soak 1 cup of bamboo rice for 30 minutes. Then pressure cook with 2.5 cups of water for about 6 whistles and simmer for 10 minutes.

If there is any water still left, drain it and use it for soups or gravy since it is highly nutritious.

Below are a few simple recipes that you can try. The bamboo rice kheer was a huge hit with my younger daughter 🙂

Bamboo Rice Khichdi (pongal)

Bamboo Rice Pongal


Bamboo rice : 1 cup

Moong dal : 1/3 cup

Water : 3 cups

Ghee : 1 tbsp

Pepper : 1 tsp

Cumin : 1 tsp

Ginger : 1 tsp finely chopped

Cashew : 5-6

Curry leaves : 4-5

Hing : a pinch

Salt : as needed


  1. Wash and soak the bamboo rice for 30 minutes. Pressure cook the mixture of rice and dal in 3 cups of water for about 6 whistles and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Add salt and hing to the cooked rice. Heat ghee in a kadai and fry all the remaining ingredients in the order given. Add them to the rice and mix well.
  3. Serve hot with coconut chutney.

Bamboo Rice Kheer

Bamboo Rice Kheer


Bamboo rice : 1/4 cup

Milk : 1/2 L

Sugar or coconut sugar : 1/2 – 3/4 cup as per your preference

Coconut milk thick : 1 cup

Ghee : 1tsp

Cashew : 4-5


  1. Wash and soak the rice for 30 minutes. Pressure cook in 3/4 cup of water for 6 whistles and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Boil milk in a thick bottomed vessel. Add the cooked rice to it and continue heating till the milk is reduced to half its quantity.
  3. Add the coconut sugar and coconut milk. Continue heating for another 10 minutes.
  4. Fry the cashew in ghee and add to kheer.
  5. Serve hot or cold.

Hope you loved the article, do try out the recipes and let me know how it came out in the comments section below.



Priya Prakash, Co-Founder, Naturally Yours.

With over 6 years of experience in the organic industry, Priya is a strong believer in using healthy and easy to use alternatives in daily life. She passionately advises her friends, family and customers by sharing with them practical and easy ways to include healthy alternatives in their daily life.

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6 thoughts on “6 Reasons Why You Should Have Bamboo Rice

  1. Hi Thank you for the details. can you please tell me if Bamboo rice powder also has same advantages.And also how to consume Bamboo rice powder. Does it help to reduce fertility related issues


  2. Hello. Very informative. But why have you discontinued sticking bamboo rice. I had called up and was told its not available any more. Thanks


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