Mappillai Samba rice :It is one of most popular varieties of rice, grown in Tamil Nadu, India. It is rich in medicinal value. Typically the rice is red in color. The name Mappillai was given to this type of rice after a famous tradition, where a bridegroom (Mappillai in Tamil) is asked to lift a heavy rock just to express his valiance. In order to gain energy for doing this action, the bridegroom is given the cooked rice to strengthen his energy. Even today, this tradition is being followed in many parts of Tamil Nadu.
Alternative Names: Bridegroom rice | mappillai samba Rice