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Samba rice has a distinct taste and can be described as having a more starchy or corny flavor. The grain itself is much harder than the other varieties and when cooked is less fluffy in texture so gives a more filling meal with a higher caloric value. There are many sub-varieties ranging in grain size and price. Seeraga Samba is the most expensive sub-variety and has the smallest grain. It is approximately a third the size of a grain of basmati rice. Samba rice is grown extensively in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Seeraga samba rice contains selenium which helps to prevent the cancer of colon and intestine. It has got more fibre and anti-oxidant which helps to remove free radicals from colon and intestine.