Ask the Experts: Kalijira, the ‘Prince of Rice’

Q. What is kalijira rice? Cultivated in Bangladesh, this tiny-sized aromatic rice, known regionally as the “Prince of Rice,” is especially popular during festivals and celebratory meals. It takes its name from “kali,” meaning black in Bengali (the paddies have a black appearance) and “jira,” the Bengali word for cumin seed (unhulled kilijira rice is […]

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