This red rice paddy grows best in the navara season. It is used in Kerala for its medicinal properties - widely used in Panchakarma as it is said to cure Tridoshas. Originates in Kerala and has Low GI. This rice is often powdered and then mixed with milk and taken in the form of a real.
Navara also has religious significance and is sometimes used in the temple for ceremonies. Boiled Navara is a good weaning food for infants, particularly those with low weight.