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I went to an Indian Grocer to get bulk brown rice and got 8 lbs of Brown Basmati for about $11. I have had brown rice and I've had basmati, but never bown basmati and I have to say it's wonderful. Icook it 2 cups of rice to 4 cups of water in a rice cooker and it's the best rice I have ever eaten.

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  1. Unless you cook a Lot of brown rice, consider keeping most of it in your fridge so it doesn't go rancid. How long does it take to cook?

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    1. re: DiveFan

      We also cook our brown basmati in a rice cooker and my experience is it takes quite a bit longer than white basmati - twice as long maybe.

      I can't say I am crazy for the taste by itself (tastes like a hospital), but we usually eat it with super hot curry so it isn't so noticable. It is much more nutritious than white basmati so that for us, it makes up for the different taste...which one could grow to like, I suppose.

    2. I've never had a probelm with brown rice going rancid--is that a problem? I think stores should refrigerate it if it can spoil. I didn't time the rice in the cooker. I guess it was about 40 mins.
      Dave

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      1. re: Dave Westerberg

        In a warm climate (SoCal), Yes! I've had so many kinds of fruit, vegetables and grains go bad quickly - no cool pantry or root cellar here.

      2. i loooove brown basmati. i've got a great recipe from ina garten...would work well with those last tomatoes...make about 4 servings of brown basmati (one cup dry)... then prepare a dressing of 1/4 cup of champagne or white wine vinegar, 2 tsps of sugar, 1 tbsp of olive oil, whisk up a bit to dissolve the sugar....then pour in prepared rice, about a pound of chopped tomatoes and a cup of basil. voila. very very good. the warm rice soaks up the dressing and the juice from the tomatoes and the dressing brings out the sweetness of the tomatoes! it is a really nice light salad, only 1 tbsp of oil! great!

        1. How would you say it differs from brown rice in flavor/texture?

          Thanks for sharing that recipe ceeceee--sounds really tasty!

          (Do they sell it at Trader Joe's?)

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          1. re: Funwithfood

            They do sell it at Trader Joe's, but I didn't think it tasted very good. I'm going to seek out another source for it.

          2. it has that hint of basmati (jasmine ?) flavor. the texture is kinda the same as brown rice...

            1. Absolutely love it. I first tried it a few weeks ago in an Afghan restaurant in Astoria NY (Balkh Shish Kabab House - 23-10 31st St Astoria - 718 721 5020) - they make excellent juicy brown basmathi rice with grated carrots and raisins which give it a succulent texture - just perfect stuff.

              1. The scent of Basmati is intoxicating -so incredible.