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Dec 11, 2011 06:10 PM

What's the best basmati rice?

Not sure if this is the right board, but here goes...

I was buying Tilda brand basmati, and didn't think there was a difference until I bought another brand of basmati on sale (Kohinoor). I was really surprised when I noticed a difference in flavour and texture. Interested in hearing thoughts and opinions from basmati experts. Thanks.

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  1. Tilda is known to be an excellent brand. I usually buy India Gate. It is as nice as Tilda but the grains are even longer.

    What did you think of the Kohinoor?

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    1. re: luckyfatima

      I felt that Kohinoor was inferior to Tilda... it was bland tasting and didn't have the nice texture/bite that Tilda has. There are so many brands out there... I am noting India Gate and will try it... Thanks.

    2. I use Tilda or Royal. Royal is usually $2-4 cheaper so I go with that most of the time.

      1. I've mentioned this before. Got tired of trying brand after brand of ten pound bags of basmati rice, so now I just buy 2 pound bags from Trader Joe's and the stuff is very good. Give that a try.

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        1. re: Cheese Boy

          I would, but they don't have Trader Joe's in Canada...

        2. Tilda is good. Another brand that I've bought from time to time when available is Zebra, especially the really aged one. Appreciably "grainier" and, in earlier batches that I bought, noticeably more "fragrant" when cooked - but the most recent purchase of this brand didn't seem as marked in these properties...

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          1. re: huiray

            The Indian stores here are very competitive and we have all kinds of brands on offer-but it's been a long time since I bought anything but Tilda.

            Tilda is best for consistent quality-used to buy Elephant for it's unique taste and monstrously long grains but something changed and it's been years since I tried it.

            Trader Joe's could never compete with the variety and product knowledge that ethnic grocers here have-I can see it appealing to people who have a very small comfort zone.

          2. Tilda is really good. It's certainly better than the basmati rice used in most Indian restaurants. I can enjoy it plain and by itself (boiled with 1.5 teaspoons of salt per 1 cup of rice).

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            1. re: AlkieGourmand

              I use 1/3 tsp for 1 cup uncooked Tilda rice (or for that matter any white rice).
              It really doesn't matter whether I add a little salted butter or not, I always do 1/3 teaspoon to my pot.
              I will use no more than 1/2 teaspoon salt for 2 cups uncooked rice.

              1. re: Rella

                Just curious, why do you use salt at all?

                1. re: huiray

                  I should qualify my answer when I said "I use" or "I ALWAYS use."

                  Until within the last year more or less, I used no salt ever since 1973, but when I got a different rice cooker, I started using salt -- and about the same time some butter or other oil/fat.

                  I probably do prefer salt, but many times, it really is not needed for me to enjoy - as when eating rice and kimchee. Not everyone would eat kimchee with basmati, but it's good to me :-))