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Tesco Easy Cook Basmati Rice

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      03.08.2010 17:13
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      My first choice every time.

      Most people who I know that enjoy cooking have trouble making the perfect rice. Even people that are accomplished in the kitchen struggle here.

      There are several methods people recommend, such as soaking rice for half an hour before cooking, adding 2 parts water to 1 part rice and cook with the lid on until all the water has gone etc. And some of these methods are improvements, but often the rice is still stuck together, rather than nice individual grains with a little bite.

      That's where this rice comes in - it is brilliant. Really brilliant. Now I do complicate the cooking process slightly from just boiling the rice in a pan and then serving, but my method does not mean the rice takes any longer to prepare/cook...

      I put on a large pan of salted water and when boiling put the rice in the pan, I also refill the kettle and boil it. Now about 2/3rds of the way through the 13-14 minute cooking time, I pour a lot of the water out of the pan, taking lots of starch with it. Then I top up the pan with the clean water out of the kettle and a touch more salt. Once the time is up, I put the rice in a colander and rinse with whatever water is left in the kettle.

      The rice comes out perfect. Now I am not advocating this technique as the key behind the rice being great, but it certainly works with this brilliant rice from Tesco's - it is restaurant quality without a doubt, and is also very cheap - only a few pence extra than the normal basmati.

      If you want top quality rice, that looks perfect, get this.

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        30.06.2010 22:42
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        Great rice every time I cook it making my life so much easier!

        One thing I love doing is cooking. I enjoy cooking up real feasts from scratch for the people in my life and they seem to enjoy a good curry, Chinese meal or a hot chilli and of course for that I need a serving of a rice as an accompaniment.

        Although I consider myself to be a rather good cook we all have our downfalls...and rice in mine. I get so busy that I put a pan of rice on and I usually allow it to burn dry or something which is why I either buy a carton of microwave rice or at best the plastic pouches that I cook in a pan but am reminded about them cos I poke the handles out of the pan!

        However of late I've been a little short on cash and so been trying cheaper versions of rice out with some awful results! This rice costing 84p for a bag weighing 500g seemed a good purchase for such a lot of rice and so I opted to try it.

        Please let me first point out though that I am not reviewing the Tesco Easy Cook Basmati rice but simply the regular Tesco Basmati rice. Dooyoo have told me to pop my review here thats all so here I am with it!

        The Packaging:

        I purchased a 500g bag of the rice (as I have already mentioned) and it comes in a fuchsia and clear plastic, tall bag which is tightly filled with the uncooked rice. On the front of it I am told that it is Tesco Basmati 'Basmati means Queen of fragrance' in Hindi. The ideal accompaniment to curry dishes' and the word rice is written in the see-through plastic (which acts as windows so you can see the rice grains through it), the size is stated and there is an at a glance nutritional chart displayed and I am told that it cooks in 12 minutes and that the packet has a resealable tab to the top of it, (which it does and is very effective indeed). On the back of the packet other information listed includes cooking instructions, and a full nutritional rundown chart is displayed, I'm told how to store it and contact details for Tesco are given. Simple but informative packaging this is and of course, I do appreciate being able to secure the bag up after using it!

        The Rice:

        Very small, white grains and almost transparent white coloured and all you do to cook this is pop it on the hob in water for 10-12 minutes or alternatively you can microwave it in 10 minutes flat.

        Personally I only use this on the hob and I have to say it's very simple to do so...as long as you don't forget it's on (which I've so far done a couple of times!) and it does cook in the time stated providing you follow the instructions given on the bag.

        The recommended dry weight of this to use is 75g per person. Course it triples in size and what you get is an unsticky, white and dense rice. This is not fluffy cos it's basmati. It doesn't particularly have a fragrance to it really apart from a rice sort of smell (it's certainly nothing special) and I found all I needed to do with the water is season it slightly (if desired).

        You do need to rinse this rice out thoroughly, when cooked which again is simple enough to do so and then give it a good old shake to get rid of the excess water and that is that it's really it's ready to serve.

        You can do what you want to with this rice though of course. Cook it plain and serve it boiled, fry it after boiling and shaking first, add it to dishes...whatever that is your call!

        I and my friends feel this is a very substantial rice. Although it inflates through cooking it isn't fluffy and it a rice of substance and so incredibly filling. It is simply rice and that's it!

        I find this very simple to cook and doesn't clump up, looks nice and tastes great and I will certainly purchase it time and time again in the future!

        Nutritional Information Per 75g Serving:

        Calories: 265
        Sugar: 0.2g
        Fat: 0.8g
        Saturates: 0.2g
        Salt: Trace

        Only available in Tesco stores costing 84p for a 500g bag, £1.61 for a 1kg bag, £3.15 for a 2kg bag and £6.35 for a 4kg bag.

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          27.05.2010 22:37
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          Great product will deffinately pruchase again

          We love this tesco easy cook basmati rice, we used to buy pouches of rice that you can just put in the microwave if we wanted a quick and easy meal, but these are about £1 each and only do one meal. So as we are trying to save money on the shopping I thought if we bought a bag of rice and cooked it ourselves it would save us a bit of money.

          I picked up a bag of tesco easy cook basmati rice, I didn't want to go for value brands or expensive leading brands either, so I thought I would go for tesco's own and see what it was like. It came in a 1kg bag for about £1.60, there was a smaller bag for about 80p but as we go through a lot of rice I thought I would buy the bigger one.

          I am glad I switched from microwave rice to this home cooked rice as it is so much nicer! It is so light and fluffy and just feels healthier because you have cooked it your self. All we do with this rice is put it in a pan of boiling water on the hob for around 15 minutes, it says 9 minutes on the pack but we always find it takes a good 5 minutes longer as it isn't cooked enough after 9 minutes.

          You just add 75g of rice to the pan per person, and you really should measure it out to avoid wasting any of this product, we just poured some in the pan the first time we used it, and it didn't look like there was much in there so we poured loads in, but the rice fluffs up when cooked and we cooked enough for about 10 people, but it didn't look like much when it was just from the bag.

          You need to rinse the rice well in cold water before you put it in the pan, we rinse it until the water runs clear, it is really white and cloudy when you first start to rinse the rice. You can add a pinch of salt to the pan for flavour if you like, we don't and it tastes nice enough.

          We always have this rice with a curry or chilli etc, and on its own it is quite bland, but when mixed in with the sauce from your meal it is lovely. It is really light and easy to eat. It is so different to microwave rice which taste a bit artificial and can be chewy. The rice never clumps together, every grain separates really easily. This rice is apparently already half cooked to reduce stickiness.

          There are 265 calories per each 75g serving of rice, I didn't think rice was that high in calories! This rice needs to be kept in a cool dry place and is suitable for vegetarians.

          This rice has lasted us a good month at least with still loads left and we have rice all the time, you do get a lot of meals out of a bag. It is definitely a cheaper option than buying microwave rice.

          I highly recommend this tesco easy cook rice, it is light and fluffy, cheap and tastes lovely! I wouldn't go back to using microwave rice again!

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          18.01.2010 11:59
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          Maybe the only way Tesco can sell this is by packaging it just like the regular stuff?

          Due to the 'global recession' or what have you the price of rice has gone up. Not long ago it used to be possible, by bulk-buying it in 10kg sacks, to get excellent quality Basmati rice - which is a particularly long-grained variety of (in this case white) rice with a distinctive fragrance and fine texture, that's mainly grown in India - for less than £1 a kilo. I read something once about Basmati rice having to be 'watered by the coldest, snow-melt fed rivers rising in the high Himalayas,' but I'm not sure if that was just flowery marketing rhetoric or a strict agricultural requisite. Now the price has risen by almost three-quarters, and I am reduced to buying it in little plastic bags from Tesco.

          Having had some unpleasant experiences that I associate with a period during which I was buying and eating a fair bit of the cheaper-branded Tesco Value Basmati rice, I switched to the slightly more expensive stuff (and lo and behold - though it may well be a coincidence, found myself beset by....digestive disturbances no more). It is sold in little cuboid-ish shaped plastic bags with a very distinctive purple colouring and costs approximately £1.70 per kilo; I should mention that the price of rice in Tesco very reliably fluctuates - well, it doesn't fluctuate exactly, it steadily rises in fact week by week, so knowing how much the rice you bought last time cost, is of no help when you come to buy more the next time.

          Problems buying Tesco-brand Basmati rice result because they sell a very similar product, Tesco-brand EASY COOK Basmati rice, in near-identical 1kg packaging and for a very similar price.

          'Easy cook' rice is rice that has been I think heat-treated to make it easier to cook (by boiling in water). It's been through some kind of food-treatment process before it gets to the shops in any case, which accounts for it begin slightly higher priced than ordinary rice. Following this process, easy-cook rice grains take on a slight beige-coloured translucency, and a distinctive rounded-ended shape. It also has a very distinctive flavour and a slightly firmer texture than ordinary rice - if you buy ready-meals with ready-cooked rice in them, the stuff is almost guaranteed to be easy-cook.

          While I don't dislike easy-cook rice, I don't buy it by choice. Easy-cook Basmati rice tastes exactly like regular easy-cook rice (which is much cheaper in Tesco, at only £1.26 per kilo) and has a near-indistinguishable texture. I would argue that firstly, there is no point in taking nice Basmati rice and subjecting it to an industrial process that takes away all of its special texture and flavour and leaves it in a state exactly like ordinary processed rice. Secondly, if you must process Basmati rice to make it 'easy cook' why does it have to be sold in bags that are so similar to the proper stuff?

          Very predictably, we bought easy-cook Basmati rice from Tesco last week by mistake - because, in addition to being in the same packaging, it is sited in the shop directly beside the proper Basmati rice. When I went back to check, I saw that the easiest way to distinguish between the easy-cook and non-easy-cook varieties being sold turned out to be by looking through the clear window in the front of the rice-bag, and examining the actual rice-grains themselves.

          Customers having to resort to comparing and contrasting individual grains of rice in order to be able to discriminate reliably between two brands of a similar product must tell you that Tesco have got something wrong with their packaging for this stuff. That's what I think about their easy-cook Basmati rice, at any rate.

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