looking for Ambe mohar rice
I've met a young immigrant from Baghdad/Jordan and we got to talking about things she liked here, and things she missed in the way of foods; I've 'googled' until I'm cross-eyed and hoped one of you can assist me; I'm looking for a source of what I orignially understood her to say as 'Amber' rice, but now I've narrowed it down to one of the aromatic Basmati's ( I guess! ); I would like to present her with a reasonable size package if you know of an on-line source for purchase.
Thank you for your consideration of my request - if this is not an acceptable topic. Please accept my apologies.
I'm a little confused. The heading of the post refers to 'ambe mohar', while the post itself speaks of 'amber.' There is a variety found in Iraq and Iran called amber or anber. We have here in India 'ambe mohar'. This is a medium grained, highly aromatic rice, not as white as basmati, but I wouldn't call it golden. Whether it's the same as the Iraqi/Irani rice is uncertain. A rice exporter says little, if any, of ambe mohar is exported to Iran or Iraq. You might like to see whether they are the same. I guess ambe mohar shouldn't be too difficult to find in the U.S., especially in areas where there are Indian, or Indian origin, populations
To my knowledge, Iraqi amber rice is not available outside of Iraq - apparently it is highly prized and not exported. I was fortunate enough to have someone send me some from Iraq as a gift. It is very aromatic, and similar to traditional Basmati, with a slightly golden color, if I recall correctly. I believe that some may be grown in Egypt - I'll check with my husband (a rice trader) to confirm that/see if he has any ideas on how to get it.
You might find this interesting - http://iraq.usembassy.gov/prt_news_03122008.html
My husband told me that some containers of amber rice make their way to Jordan, Dubai, Egypt - places with Iraqi populations - but that it's not a 'regular' rice trade, and that it's most unlikely that you will be able to find it online - sorry! If you do, please do post back, as I'd love to buy some.