Hand pound Rice (kai kuthal arisi in Tamil
), on the other hand is a rice whose husk has been removed by using a stone grinder or a stone apparatus similar to a mortar and pestle. The picture below (image courtesy
) shows women pounding the rice using hands (hence the name) that helps to seperate the rice from the husk. In this process there is some breakage due to manual pounding and some bran gets removed as well. It is minimally polished (low glycemic index, similar to brown rice) but still retains most of its nutrients. In short, Hand Pound rice is right in the middle of White rice (fully polished) and Brown rice with white rice (high glycemic index) being the least in the nutritional profile.