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Brown Basmati--Wow.

Dave Westerberg Sep 27, 2006 01:56 PM

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. DiveFan RE: Dave Westerberg Sep 28, 2006 12:56 AM

    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
      Mokesy RE: DiveFan Mar 19, 2007 06:54 PM

      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.

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      Dave Westerberg RE: Dave Westerberg Sep 28, 2006 02:19 PM

      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.

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      1. re: Dave Westerberg
        DiveFan RE: Dave Westerberg Sep 28, 2006 09:44 PM

        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.

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        ceeceee RE: Dave Westerberg Sep 28, 2006 02:31 PM

        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. Funwithfood RE: Dave Westerberg Sep 28, 2006 03:05 PM

          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
            chompy RE: Funwithfood Sep 29, 2006 03:48 AM

            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.

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            ceeceee RE: Dave Westerberg Sep 28, 2006 03:45 PM

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

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              butterchicken2nan RE: Dave Westerberg Sep 29, 2006 02:45 AM

              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. kare_raisu RE: Dave Westerberg Mar 19, 2007 07:42 PM

                The scent of Basmati is intoxicating -so incredible.

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