White rice is high in carbohydrates. It is high on the glycemic index. It doesn’t just raise, it spikes! blood sugar. And it is ill-advised for diabetes. For all of these reasons, and more, I rarely eat rice.

But what if it doesn’t have to be? What if there was a high protein rice? Nutrient rich and recommended for diabetes…

Oh, but there is!

Shashtika rice

Known as shashtika sali in Ayurveda (L: Oryza sativum) because it takes 60 days to harvest the rice (shashtika means 60), both yellow and brown varieties are grown in India and Indonesia. After harvesting, the rice is stored for 6 months to increase its medicinal properties.

About Shashtika rice:

  • Very low glycemic index.
  • Compared to normal rice, shashtika is higher in
    • Protein content by 16.5%
    • Thiamin by 27-32%
    • Riboflavin by 4-25%
    • Niacin by 2-36%.
  • Contains the Bowman Brik trypsin inhibitor protein, which is known for its anti-carcinogenic effect especially against breast cancer. This protein is 3 times more concentrated in this rice than in soy.
  • Can be eaten or used externally.
  • Better when prepared with milk.
  • Used in both anti-aging treatments and curative treatments.

All of the following conditions can benefit from Shashtika rice:

  • emaciation,
  • bleeding disorders,
  • rheumatoid arthritis,
  • hemorrhoids,
  • diabetes,
  • skin diseases,
  • UTI,
  • stomach ulcers,
  • and to increase mothers milk.

In Ayurveda is is understood to act on the digestive, circulatory, reproductive, and nervous systems; to balance or reduce all 3 Doshas; repair muscle fibers to alleviate paralysis; and for rejuvenating Ojus (life essence-immunity).

Undoubtedly at this point you’re thinking the same thing I am, so why don’t we all switch to this rice? Well, mainly, it is very difficult to come by. And because of that it is expensive, and thus primarily used for medicinal purposes.

I tried locating it online, but it seems the only suppliers are in southern India.

A personal endorsement for this rice: I had shashtika sali pinda sweda, an external treatment of this rice cooked in milk and applied in a bolus (see pic to the right), and when doing my pilates the next day I felt stronger! Literally, it was easier and I felt more control over the movements.

If a single external application can have such effects, just imagine daily application, or eating it!

If anyone knows a supplier in the U.S., please leave a comment below!


Further info on this rice from dhanvantari.in

Synonyms of Njavara in ayurveda

Shashtika, Shastihayana, Shashti Sali, Garbhapaki, Shashtija, asadvayodbhava, Snigdha tandula, Kakalakam, Shashtivasaraja

Taxonomical order
Kingdom – Plantae – Plants
Sub kingdom – Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Super division – Supermatophyta – Seed plants
Division – Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class – Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Subclass – Commelinidae
Order – Cyperales
Family – Poaceae
Genus – Oryza L.
Species – Sativa
Botanical Name : Oryza sativa Linn.