Palakkadan matta rice was the choice of the royal families of Chola and Chera dynasties of India. The rice has a distinct earthly flavor because of the type of soil in which it is cultivated. These paddy fields are called 'poonthalpadam' and the soil contains a lot of clay and silt.
Kerala matta rice has been historically popular due to its rich and unique taste. It is used in preparations of rice-snacks like Kondattam, Murukku etc.
Digestion can be improved by eating matta rice. The rice contains fiber, which controls digestion and prevents digestive disorders like gas, bloating and indigestion. It helps in having easy bowel movements and prevents constipation. Matta rice helps in improving the health of our bones and teeth too.
Palakkadan Matta rice is more nutritious than white polished rice because parboiling before milling retains some nutrients.One serving cup of 1/4 size can contain 160 calories and 1 gram of fibre. White rice doesn't contain any fibre. The brown outer layer of the Matta rice contains many nutrients and white rice is made by polishing away this valuable layer. One cup of Matta rice can contain 84 milligrams of magnesium and one gram of calcium. It also contains vitamins.