Black rice is no longer forbidden, but it is cultivated in relatively small amounts, compared to other types of rice varieties. The whole grain rice also packs umpteen health benefits. Black rice is a rare and very old variety of rice that has been growing in India for centuries. It is mainly grown in the North East region (called as Chak Hao) and the southern parts (called as Kavuni in Tamil) of India. It has numerous health benefits of Black rice.