It has a low GI and the name is derived from Kala (black) husk and mildly salty (namak) taste. The rice also famously knows as “Buddha Rice” was found to be cultivated around the time of Gautam Buddha around 600 BCE. The aroma of Kalanamak rice, which is said to be the gift of Gautam Buddha, is stronger than all Basmati varieties.
Kalanamak rice is rich in micro-nutrients such as Iron and Zinc. Therefore, having this rice is said to prevent diseases borne out of Iron and Zinc deficiencies. It is the finest quality scented rice in India.