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Jul 30, 2011 09:25 PM

Favorite brand of basmati

What is your favorite brand of basmati rice.

When I went by my local Indian market today, their rice rack looked like the middle of the 2008 rice shortage. I bet that they didn’t have 20 bags total. The only brands I recognized were Royal (which I’m not familiar with) and Zafarani. Most of the brands I am familiar with don’t show up very often these days.

One thing that bugs me is that I have seldom ever been able to stop by a market and pick up the same brand I’ve been using. I’ve had the best luck over the years with 817 but the last two bags I found were pretty buggy. I’m just finishing up a bag of Zafarani which was a remnant from the rice shortage days. It is OK but nothing special.

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  1. I like Tilda. It's expensive, but I think it's worth the price premium.

    1. I like TIlda best, too, but recently have been using Adora. It's very good and significantly cheaper than Tilda. Dheradhuni is also pretty good, but it becomes stale faster because the packaging isn't quite air-tight, so if it's been sitting around at the shop, you'll taste the difference. Same with Royal, a Pakistan-packaged basmati. I've sometimes found small bugs in bags of Royal. Probably creep in through the burlap.

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      1. I prefer Tilda but also India Gate is very good.

        1. I last bought Zafarani at CostCo and was pleased with it--clean and a nice taste. I usually toast it before cooking, though, so that helps.

          1. I too prefer Tilda. It is sometimes at the Costco near me, which is a bonus