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Towards becoming aconnoisseur of Bengali rice!

We at Amar Khamar look forward to bringing you traditional food cultivated in a poison-free manner by nature-friendly methods. Rice has a special place in our offering as it constitutes the most important cereal in South Asia and, indeed, has been the backbone of cuisine across large parts of Asia. In the Bengal area alone, the rice grain goes into making a whole range of foodstuffs—bhaat (plain cooked rice) and its various incarnations (e.g. ghee bhat and khichudi), muri, chire, nadu, khoi, shoruchakli, chitoipithe, patishapta, payesh, and so on and so forth.Our modest effort is part of a decentralized yetfocused people's initiative to redirect attention to the vast genetic wealth enshrined in our traditional rice varieties.We begin our journey with 22 traditional rice varieties from various parts the Sundarbans area.

Alphabetically arranged,these are:

Aanshphal(আঁশফল), Bayerbat(বয়ারবাট), Chinekamini(চিনেকামিনী), Dadshal(দাদশাল), Dudeshwar (or Dudhersar) [দুধেশ্বর বা দুধের সর], Gedi(গেদি), Gheus(ঘিউস), Hogla(হোগলা), Inchi (or Baroshoashi)(ইঞ্চি বা বারোশো আশি), Kalomota(কালোমোটা), Kamini(কামিনী), Kanakchur(কনকচূড়), Karpurkanti(কর্পুরকান্তি), Khejurchhadi(খেজুরছড়ি), Kothepatnai(কোঠেপাটনাই), Marichshal(মরিচশাল), NarasimhaJata(নরসিংহ জটা), Niko(নিকো), Orashal(ওড়াশাল), Rani Akanda(রানি আকন্দ), Sadamota(সাদামোটা), and Talmugur(তালমুগুর).

These are all aman rice, planted during the monsoon season and harvested in winter. An important feature of many of these varieties is that they are salinity-tolerant to various degrees, making them ideal for the Sundarbans region, particularly in the context of the climate crisis, which portends increased possibilities of brackish water inundations in the region. Each of them may be consumed in their atap (non-parboiled) or siddha (parboiled) forms. We look forward to providing you with more information on all these varieties in the not too distant future.

Disclaimer: Our farmers do not use any inorganic fertilizer like urea, potash, DAP, superphosphate and the like. Nor do they use any toxic pesticides. This protects the products from being actively contaminated. However, toxic or unwanted molecules exist in their environment due to farming practices followed all over. Therefore, notwithstanding all their efforts, such molecules do creep in. We are trying our best to convert entire villages to this kind of agriculture, so that the chance of these molecules creeping into our food is rendered negligible. The more you buy this kind of product, the more will farmers be encouraged to opt for these farming practices, contributing to gradual decontamination of entire neighbourhoods.

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