Friday, March 23, 2007

Varieties of Rice...

The varieties of Rice offered at a wholesale grains trader in the local market, there were more than 20 varieties he had to offer, not to mention quite a few more.
Rice has been feeding mankind for more than 5,000 years. Almost two-thirds of the world's population servives because of Rice.. God Shiva called rice Vrihi, in Sanskrit.
India is one of the original centres of rice cultivation. The rice harvesting area in India is the world's largest. Indian rice cultivation is found in all states, but West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and Bihar are the major producing states. More..


Anonymous Fri Mar 23, 11:17:00 AM GMT+5:30  

U hav got me addicted to ur website :), wel now tat uv completed ur thesis on rice, help me by naming the highest and best quality of rice India produces and its cost :)(Dont jst say basumati, i need the name of a specific quality)
KAY ;)

R.A. Levin Fri Mar 23, 11:29:00 AM GMT+5:30  

I would end up going nuts in that shop. So many decisions! One Kg. of all 20. :)


R.A. Levin Fri Mar 23, 12:52:00 PM GMT+5:30  

Well, Kay, while Rajesh takes a pause to ponder this one...:) If you saw the price of the Kohinoor (Rs. 60.00!) it gives you a general idea of the quality. A good well aged Basmati is my own favourite. It's a bit like wine. The flavour improves, if the rice is excellent to begin with. I tend to buy the big burlap sacks and store the bags in the fridge.
If you're in the states, or Europe, one of the many Indian or/and Middle Eastern grocery stores should have a decent supply. Just avoid the "Tex-mati" or "Cal-mati" stuff! It's horrible!!
The Indian product is far superior.
Thai Jasmine rice is nice, too, but that's another subject entirely. :P


Unknown Fri Mar 23, 03:33:00 PM GMT+5:30  

Kay, You are right there are as many brands you get to see for Basmati rice here. At home we get few brands locally available called 'Dawwat', "Lal quila" etc. but not specific on one...

Check here for More details...

Robert, my mail box does not support 20 KG attachements...


Thanks..keeps me going!!

Anonymous Fri Mar 23, 03:44:00 PM GMT+5:30 much of rice and xpensive rice all over and people still say India's a poor nation...Dengi ji, u must get more of these facts out thro the people of our nation. Probably the outlook will change for the better...wat say Levin?

Unknown Fri Mar 23, 10:05:00 PM GMT+5:30  

Very informative and nice photo!! There are also many kinds of rice here in Japan and many kinds of sake alcohol, made of rice.
have a nice weekend!!

R.A. Levin Fri Mar 23, 11:48:00 PM GMT+5:30  

20 Kg. attachments? Lol! I like that one, Rajesh! :)
Anon,I agree. If you look at the Sensex or Nifty exchanges, the companies on it are major international players. India is definitely poised in an enviable position, financially. Poverty is something that exists in every country. Anybody that dismisses India as a "poor nation" is sadly mistaken.


pandit Sat Mar 24, 08:15:00 AM GMT+5:30  

Rajesh as you mentioned we get Dawwat here in Bay Area. It is popular brand over here. We usually prepare fried rice once in a week using Dawwat.

Unknown Sat Mar 24, 08:36:00 AM GMT+5:30  

Thanks Anon, Macky, Robert and Pandit.. keeps me going!!

Anon, this could be one of the facinating facts about India that two extreme worlds coexist and continue... I would envourage you to really explore the archives to get more insight!! some times I do get facinated by them!!

Macky, I been to miyasaki in 2005 and tasted 'sake' was great! i am exploring to get one more!! :-)

Robert, perhaps this image continues as there is very little known about the culture, living and with such small efforts I try and put forward some perspectives ...

Pandit, That's great news! perhaps you should refer this Biryani post... we enjoyed which was prepared with 'dawaat'...

Kate Sun Mar 25, 08:30:00 PM GMT+5:30  

Thank goodness for all those varieties of rice, which is such an important staple. Healthy, too!!

Oya Thu Mar 29, 06:04:00 PM GMT+5:30  

My favorite is Basmati...

Anonymous Wed May 30, 12:57:00 PM GMT+5:30  

If you live in the United states and would like to prepare south Indian food, then use the sona Masoori rice(any brand will do). For North Indian dishes, the basmati rice varieties are good. If you would like to make Idli/dosa then use some Uncle Ben's parboiled rice along with the sona masoori rice. Sorry Mr.Dengi, didn't mean to use your space as a cooking lesson.