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Tilda basmati rice toronto

howisitgoing Mar 14, 2009 09:02 AM

Does anyone know where I can buy Tilda rice? Spadina--Dundas or anywhere else in Toronto? Thanks

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  1. ParsleySage RE: howisitgoing Mar 14, 2009 09:13 AM

    Tilda is my favorite brand of basmati rice. I usually purchase it at No-Frills but I have seen it on occassion at Wal-Mart & Loblaw/Superstores.

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      carissima RE: howisitgoing May 4, 2009 05:33 PM

      I'm looking for Tilda basmati rice, too. But I can't find it at the usual No Frills or Loblaws. These stores now carry PC brands of rice.
      Has anyone seen Tilda basmati rice lately?

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        Full tummy RE: carissima May 6, 2009 08:24 AM

        I saw some at the Victoria Park & Gerrard Loblaws last night.

      2. jayt90 RE: howisitgoing May 4, 2009 07:17 PM

        I have seen it at Costco.

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          Kagemusha RE: jayt90 May 4, 2009 07:32 PM

          Same here. Loblaws/NoFrills and other NG outlets carry various brands of basmati where it sells strongly; elsewhere, probably not.

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            carissima RE: Kagemusha May 4, 2009 07:37 PM

            jay90, unfortunately, Costco is not an option for me.

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              1sweetpea RE: carissima May 5, 2009 06:01 AM

              I just bought a bag the other day at my local Zehrs (a.k.a.) Loblaw/Great Canadian Superstore. I haven't bought any in quie a while, since my previous bag was a 5lb Mr. Gouda's sack which lasted a long time. The Tilda packaging is a metallic royal blue and looks pretty flashy. I found it amongst the vaious rice types in the regular aisles (vs. health food/organic aisle).

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                carissima RE: 1sweetpea May 5, 2009 08:32 AM

                sweetpea, at which store (location) did you buy? How big is the package?

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                  1sweetpea RE: carissima May 5, 2009 08:46 AM

                  Sorry to say that my store is in Windsor, but I can't imagine that the stock would be much different in T.O. stores. My bag is 2lb (907g). The bag has a resealable sticker, like a sack of coffee beans. The best before date is Feb. 01, 2011. I'm guessing that this packaging is quite new. My Zehrs recently got renovated and is now a Superstore, I believe. Along with the renovation has come more ethnic/imported items (the tilda rice is packaged in the UK and imported by the USA).

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                    carissima RE: 1sweetpea May 5, 2009 09:01 AM

                    sweetpea, Windsor is a little bit further than I'm prepared to go for Tilda rice :)
                    I called the Indian restaurant on Dupont, and asked where I could buy the brown basmati rice from India, not from USA.
                    It is Evergreen store, 513 St Clair West.

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          Hondapendragon RE: howisitgoing May 5, 2009 06:01 AM

          Try the Indian stores at Albion and Islington.

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            Navigate440 RE: howisitgoing May 5, 2009 06:16 AM

            I've seen it at Metro at Kennedy Commons in Scarborough, so you might try contacting them and see if there is a closer store that carries it.

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              embee RE: howisitgoing May 5, 2009 09:09 AM

              The Loblaws at Vic Park/Gerrard had it this morning. It is probably at Queens Quay, but no guarantees.

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                carissima RE: embee May 5, 2009 10:04 AM

                I just called, and they are out of it!!!

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                  sam_1 RE: carissima May 6, 2009 08:02 AM

                  I have seen Tilda brand rice at Loblaws (Queens Quay), but IMO it is extremely overpriced. One small bag was around $10 I believe - crazy. I usually go with something from the Indian grocers, or, believe it or not, the PC brand basmati. It's actually really good.

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                    1sweetpea RE: sam_1 May 6, 2009 09:38 AM

                    Wow! Goes to show you the price disparity from store to store and city to city. My 2 lb bag cost me $5.99 in Windsor. The 4 lb bag was going for $10.99. I'm sure the PC product was cheaper, but I won't buy the PC rices. I had a bag of PC Jasmine and it consistently cooked up mushy and waterlogged, which never happens when I buy the imported Thai rice from my Southeast Asian grocer here in Windsor.

              2. Dimbulb RE: howisitgoing May 5, 2009 09:38 AM

                House of Spice on Augusta? Parliament & Wellesley?

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                  carissima RE: Dimbulb May 5, 2009 10:08 AM

                  House of Spice indeed carries brown basmati rice from India. Good enough :)

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                  ChowTO RE: howisitgoing Jun 4, 2009 02:28 PM

                  Just picked up some Tilda rice in the blue aluminium package
                  from no frills at the Dundas-Landsdowne store...4 pounds for $9.99..this is some trully tasty rice..yumm.

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                    carissima RE: ChowTO Jun 4, 2009 04:12 PM

                    ChowTo, is it white or brown Tilda rice?

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                      ChowTO RE: carissima Jun 8, 2009 07:01 PM

                      carrissima the Tilda is white basmatti rice...i also seen 10 pounds for $18.99 at the no-frills Dufferin Mall location..this Tilda cooks up perfectly in my Zojirushi Rizo,,it's so light it defies gravity.
                      Just noticed Satish Patel post for 10lbs for $15.99,,Thanks...am i overcooking this rice for it's so light that i don't remember ever having basmatti that tasted like this or anything aproaching the feel of this Tilda..is it supposed to be so different?

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                      Satish Patel RE: ChowTO Jun 4, 2009 06:02 PM

                      You can also purchase Tilda from BJ Supermarket @ Gerrard and Coxwell. I noticed that the price of the Tilda brand is slowly increasing: 10lbs for $15.99

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                      bogie RE: howisitgoing Jun 9, 2009 07:17 AM

                      Tilda rice is way overpriced and overhyped. You are better off buying Elephant brand basmati at a reasonable price, available at most Indian or Asian grocers. It is less expensive, aged longer and an overall superior-tasting product.

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                        carissima RE: bogie Jun 9, 2009 07:58 AM

                        bogie, i'm looking for brown basmati, not white. Is there brown Elephant rice, as well?
                        As to Indian and Asian stores, they usually sell in huge packages.
                        BTW, I have found a good aged brown basmati rice in bulk at SLM

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                          ChowTO RE: bogie Jun 10, 2009 12:50 PM

                          Will try the Elephant brand...
                          Here's a link to the Tilda rice website,,must be 20 varieties

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                            foodyDudey RE: bogie Jun 10, 2009 01:24 PM

                            That is correct. I don't bother searching for it. I use Elephant 817. Click here to see what the bag looks like: http://www.eastwestbazaar.com/product...

                            Here is a place in Brampton that has both brands: http://www.gurubazar.ca/index.php?cPa...

                            I buy my rice on Gerrard St.

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                              carissima RE: foodyDudey Jun 10, 2009 01:27 PM

                              BTW, how do they age rice?

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                                foodyDudey RE: carissima Jun 10, 2009 01:35 PM

                                it's stored for up to 2 years but I haven't checked the actual method. The rice attains a more nutty flavour due to the aging process.

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                                  The Chowhound Team RE: foodyDudey Jun 22, 2009 02:32 PM

                                  A sub-thread about cooking the rice has been split to the Home Cooking board:


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