Ponni rice is a type of medium-short grain rice used for daily cooking. It is an excellent source of protein and high in nutrients. Ponni Boiled rice is a variety of rice grown in southern India. Ponni literally means gold in Tamil and also refers to the Kaveri River. Parboiled rice is steamed before milling and partially cooked in the husk. Therefore, parboiling makes parboiled white rice nutritionally similar to brown rice.