Adlai Rice (Job’s Tears)

Last Updated on January 4, 2024 by Lindsay Delk, RDN

Adlai rice is a grain alternative to traditional white or brown rice. There are several health benefits of adlai rice, and it is gluten free. For those looking to incorporate more nutritious grains into their diet, adlai grain is a good option.

This post was written by Lindsay Delk, RDN. It is for informational purposes and is not intended to replace medical advice or instructions given by your healthcare provider. 

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Adlai rice in a bowl and in circles coming out from the bowl

What Is Adlai Rice?

Adlai rice is an ancient heirloom grain grown in many countries of Asia. The kernel of the adlai grain is large and round with a nutty flavor. It has a light yellow color and is larger than white or brown rice grains. It has a sweet nutty flavor and a chewy texture.

> Other names for adlai rice

Adlai rice is also known by other names, such as adlay rice, Job’s tears, Chinese pearl barley, coix seeds, or yi yi ren. It is often called Job’s tears because of its teardrop shape.

> Adlai rice in English

Some have asked, “What is adlai rice in English?” There isn’t an English name other than adlai rice or the other names mentioned above.

Adlai grain (Job's tears) in 2 wooden spoons on a white background

Adlai Rice Benefits

Adlai rice, or Job’s tears, offers a wide range of benefits:

  • Nutritious

Adlai is a nutritious grain with a higher ratio of protein to carbohydrate than white or brown rice. It is high in fiber and supplies several vitamins and minerals, especially potassium, iron, and calcium.

  • Anti-inflammatory

Adlai rice has anti-inflammatory properties that can help decrease chronic nflammation in your body.

  • Versatile

Adlai grain is versatile, so you can cook it alone or use it in other dishes. You can use it as a side dish or in salads, pilafs, or soups.

  • Gluten free

Adlai is gluten free. So even if you have celiac disease or gluten intolerance, you can still enjoy adlai rice.

Where to Buy Adlai Rice

I am unable to find adlai rice in any stores near me, so you will probably have to buy it online. Amazon sells a few different brands: Assi, Big Green Organic Food, or McCabe.

Lady pouring tea from a  white teapot

Job’s Tears Tea (Adlai Tea)

Job’s tears tea, or adlai tea, is a traditional herbal drink made by steeping Job’s tears (adlai rice) in hot water. It has been used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine to treat various ailments. But the only research I found suggested that the polyphenols and other ingredients in Job’s tears tea might have some antiviral activity against the flu virus.

Job’s tears tea is easy to make at home. Add a tablespoon of adlai rice to a cup of hot water, steep for 15 minutes, and enjoy. The flavor is slightly sweet with nutty notes.

Bottom Line

Adlai rice is a nutritious and versatile grain alternative to white or brown rice. It’s gluten-free, packed with vitamins and minerals, and has anti-inflammatory properties. You can buy it online or make Job’s tears tea at home using this ancient heirloom grain. With its nutty flavor and chewy texture, adlai rice may be the perfect addition to your next meal.

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