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Magic rice

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Source: TOI

 Context: Chokuwa rice, also known as Magic rice, is a distinctive part of Assam’s culinary heritage and has recently been granted a Geographical Indication (GI) tag for its uniqueness.

  

About Chokuwa rice:

  • This rice was a staple for the troops of the Ahom dynasty in Assam and is cultivated in various parts of the region, especially around the Brahmaputra area.
  • Chokuwa rice is a semi-glutinous winter rice, categorized as Sali rice. It comes in sticky and glutinous varieties, known as Bora and Chokuwa, based on their amylose content.
  • The low-amylose Chokuwa rice is used to make soft rice, which can be consumed after soaking in cold or lukewarm water.
  • The rice is pre-boiled, dried, stored, and then soaked before eating, making it convenient and nutritious.
  • Chokuwa rice is enjoyed with various accompaniments like curd, sugar, jaggery, and bananas, and is also used in traditional Assamese dishes like Pithe.