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looking for Ambe mohar rice

ksmith51432 May 17, 2008 11:43 AM

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.

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  1. MMRuth May 19, 2008 03:59 AM

    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

    http://www.edinarfinancial.net/news/?... -

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    1. re: MMRuth
      MMRuth May 19, 2008 04:44 AM

      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.

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      gowri May 23, 2008 03:25 AM

      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

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        MMRuth May 23, 2008 03:46 AM

        Hmm - I wonder if the OP came across "ambe mohar" while searching for amber rice. Thanks for the clarification.

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          MMRuth May 23, 2008 05:15 AM

          Just to clarify - I'm not familiar one way or the other with "ambe mohar" - I was responding to the query in the thread itself about amber rice, since the poster said the friend was from Baghdad.

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