Kba pnahiong: Black Rice is a type of sticky rice that is found in the hills of Meghalaya. The rice is black in colour that is aromatic, tasty and flavoursome. Communities in the state also use the colour attained from this rice to dye their handlooms. The rice is starchy and is high in carbohydrates, which is why people avoid eating this rice on a daily basis. In fact when consumed, the communities mix this rice together with normal rice to lower their intake and avoid medical problems. When consumed in large quantities, people have complained of chest pain and stomach spasms. It is sown in the month of February and harvested towards the end of the year, in October or November.
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