Basmati Rice

Hey guys welcome to another week of rice!

This week we’re going to be talking about Basmati rice.

Cooked basmati rice

Basmati is a long grain style rice which heralds from North India and Pakistan.  The word basmati actually means fragrant in Sanskrit and aptly so.  This rice spells great!

I personally love the grain.  When cooked the grains become really light and fully, they also become really long which I think looks pretty unique.  Unlike short grains like arborio, when basmati is cooked the grains still remain seperate, basically, they don’t get sticky.

Due to its origin basmati is common in many Indian cousines.  It can often be found accompanied by curries but my personal favourite has got to be briyani!

Briyani

Briyani is a North Indian dish made from rice mixed with spices, meat and vegetables!  The dish is similar to Pilaf however it is less sweet.  The great thing about briyani is every grain of rice is richly flavoured with spices which means every bite is a little bit of heaven.

If you haven’t tried basmati rice before I highly suggest trying a plate of briyani, you’ll be hooked!


 

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Arborio Rice

Hey guys welcome back!

This week we’re going to be talking about one of my favourites, Arborio Rice.

Arborio Rice!

This great little grain comes from the Italian town of Arborio, who’d guess, situated in the Po Valley.  You may recognise this grain from the classic Italian Risotto!  This is definitely one of my favourite Italian dishes.  The rice is cooked in a meat or vegetable stock instead of water which gives every bite a bountiful explosion of flavour.

Mushroom Risotto

Arborio rice is a high-starch rice which means it has great absorption abilities!  All that mushroom juice has now been soaked up by the Arborio rice!  Amazing!  There are several strains of the  rice similar to Arborio which can be found in Italy, namely, Baldo, Carnaroli, Maratelli, Pandano, Roma and Vialone Nano.

Remember, when using Arborio rice it will literally absorb the flavours of whatever you chuck in the pot with it!  With great power comes great responsibilities.