Basmati and Other Rice I have known.
and a dynamite recipe for old fashioned raisin rice custard
Basmati is a very costly rice. Texas grown, organic, brown basmati sells for 3$ a POUND. Basmati truly is GOLD. But You can buy Indian imported for 11$ for l0 lbs. (Lebanese, Armenian, Hindu markets if big enough have competitve price, so that brings it down to about a buck a pound. Why so costly? Well, cooked the stuff smells so great! It has a POPCORN aroma. Plain Asian rice is cheaper, My small Mex market chain Vallarta, with the pinatas hanging all over the ceiling, has regular rice at 33c a lb this week. I weighed all those 3 lb bags that had come from Mexico and found a really fat one, so I probably paid less more like 25c an lb. I will use it to make my favorite dessert, rice pudding (recipe enclosed below).
Rice and wheat have shot sky high in 2012 everywhere, reportedly DOUBLE their old prices, so it's not JUST that the DOLLAR is worth so little against the coins of rice growing countries. India just made a law, NO RICE can leave the continent! Egypt, Vietnam are doing similar laws. Peasants can't afford the usual staple grains and some people who have no land, no product, who are just agrarian peasants...are STARVING over there. There's a trend for exporters of Food stapled to try for those big fat EUROS and medium fat US DOLLARS but all kinds of third world countries are saying "we are NOT going to allow you to sell staple food abroad and jack up the price for the peasant here at home. That may actually be why rice costs three times what PORK LOIN costs, 3$ an Lb. in Texas. Because it is exportable and earns such a huge increase in EUROPE. That's why all our food is getting costly. Whatever EUROPE WANTS, EUROPE GETS! But in INDIA, Egypt and Vietnam (NOT AFRICA, the place that needs it,) a WHOLE CHARITABLE GOV thing is happening. YAY INDIA! Yay Nam, yay Egypt. But that means that you and I should buy a few bags of rice for the pantry, in case the INFLATION COMES.
The exception for this EXPORT BAN is basmati rice which peasants don't eat as it can
only afforded by the European/ American community. That can be exported.
Basmati smells fabulous while it cooks, but why pay ten time the price of
white rice? It's what's on TOP that gives the flavor, isn't it? Well it is
for RICE CUSTARD, made with raisins, nutmeg, vanilla...
This week my local small market chain, VALLARTA (14 stores locally) has
white rice for 33c lb. At the Middle Eastern chain, also under a dozen
stores total, Basmati is offered in a jute bag for $7.99 for a ten lb bag. Over twice
the cost. Brown Basmati 11.99$
I hear that Asian Jasmine Rice is also interesting. It steams and fills the house with a flower-like aroma.
It costs about a dollar an lb in a l0 lb bag. I believe that imported brown basmati is available at WHOLE FOODS and other healthfood stores and it probably costs a buck an lb.. Get back to me if you know what that trades for, per lb. I have no car, can't get to WHOLE FOODS anymore. or Whole Paycheck as it's called in my nabe.
Before I give you the recipes, some Nutrition Facts for BASMATI RICE
Serving Size 1/4 cup (45.0 g)
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value*
Protein 3.0gms while WHITE RICE is 2.
TWO GRAMS PROTEIN compared to THREE? If you butter your white rice,
it'll have that lost GRAM BACK! I get butter for 99c a half lb, really
GOOD BRAND NAME butter.
RICE Custard with raisins
* 6 eggs
* 3 cups milk sprinkled with zest of orange and lemon
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 1 1/2 cups cooked rice
* 1 cup raisins
Prep Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 1 1/2 hrs
1 Break eggs into a 2-quart buttered casserole; beat slightly with a fork.
2 Add milk, sugar, vanilla and salt.
3 Blend well.
4 Stir in rice and raisins.
5 Set casserole in pan of water. Bain Marie. Not to cover the custard dish, just to protect sides.
6 Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring once after 1/2 hour of baking.
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