I Had The Last Laugh

DinnerRecently I was invited to attend a conference in a premier university in London. I had to present a paper on my research in my respective academic discipline. The conference was of an international level, having top academicians from all over the world. Naturally, where so many people gather, discussions of varied nature do takes place. And one of the common discussions in an international conference of economic development attracts slamming developing nations and their social and economic issues. Such discussions quite often change into ridiculing developing nations especially over a cup of coffee or during lunch or dinner times. It happens especially during breaks because then the participants do not have to speak on mic hence no obligations on their statements as any statement made out of the podium is unofficial.

And some intellectuals make full use of such refreshment breaks in making unofficial ridiculing statements. And I banged into such a group of professors who started ridiculing the social problems of India having no bases at all. But to their misfortune, they eventually started talking about poor quality of Indian food while praising the rice which was being served in their plates. They were going all gaga over the aroma and quality of the rice which they claimed was produced in Europe. To ridicule me more they called the chef, thinking they will succeed in their trick. But to their utter surprise and embarrassment, the chef said that the rice is Raindrops Basmati Rice, imported from India.

I had the last laugh. And thanked Raindrops Basmati Rice to show the world what we are in true sense.

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The Ultimate Love

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We talk about love, we talk about different kinds of love, like loving your parents, loving your children, loving your husband or wife, having a love for a place or a thing etc. We also celebrate these loves on particular occasions like Valentines’ Day, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Any particular community or state Day etc. And we express our love through gifts, get-togethers, functions etc. But in all the things sometimes we miss to give due credit to a particular thing which appears in all of these celebrations i.e. food.

Food is something which plays an important role in any kind of celebrations or festivities. It is something which plays an important role in any kind of expressing love. A mother showers her love on her children by making special delicacies which the kids like the most. A lover cooks something exotic to impress his/her partner, devotees prepare unique delicacies for their deities and so on. Infact during off moods, it is famously said that when you are upset and depressed one should eat to recover since the opposite of Stressed is Desserts.
Keeping the ultimate love to its practical use, Raindrops Basmati Rice produces one of the finest and authentic basmati rice so that expressing love doesn’t loose its shine.

Egg Dum Biryani

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Ingredients
Basmati Rice – 3 cups
Eggs – 4 + 3
(4 Hard Boiled eggs + 3 eggs scrambled)
Saffron – a pinch (soaked in 2 tblsp of milk)
Whole Garam Masala
Shahi Jeera – 1/2 tsp
Oil – 1 tblsp
Salt – as needed
Water – about 10 cups
Mint Leaves – handful

For Masala
Onion – 2 medium (chopped)
Tomatoes – 2 (chopped)
Ginger garlic Paste – 1 tblsp
Cilantro (Corriander Leaves) – handful (finely chopped)
Mint Leaves – handful (chopped)
Green Chillies – 3 or 4 (chopped/slit)
Yogurt – 4 tblsp
Lemon Juice – 2 tblsp
Ghee and/or Oil – 2 tblsp
Biriyani Masala – 1.5 tblsp
Salt – as needed

Preparation Steps

1. Hard boil 4 eggs, peel it and cut it into half lengthwise.
2. Sprinkle a pinch of biriyani masala, little salt and little corn flour on the eggs and shallow fry. Keep it aside.
3. Scramble the remaining 3 eggs with little salt and black pepper powder and keep aside.
4. Cook the rice in plenty of water (about 10 cups) along with 1 tblsp oil, shahi jeera, whole garam masala, salt and some mint leaves. (You can add a pinch of turmeric powder too if you want a bright yellow colour).
5. When the rice is 3/4 th cooked, drain the water and spread it on a tray to cool.
6. Preheat oven to 350 degree F.

Method
For making masala
1. Heat ghee and oil in a pan and add the onions and green chillies. Saute till the onions turns brown.
2. Add the ginger garlic paste and fry for a minute. Add the chopped mint leaves and cilantro.
3. Add the tomatoes and cook till it gets mashed up.
4. Add the yogurt, biriyani masala and salt. Cook this till you get a nice masala and the oil seperates from the masala.
5. Add lemon juice to the masala just before switching off.

Layering the Biriyani
The dum process can be done in a conventional oven or stove top. Take a tray or a big heavy bottomed vessel and do the layering as follows.
1. Grease the bottom of the vessel/tray with some ghee or oil.
2. Spread half of the cooked rice at the bottom. This will be the first layer.
3. Pour the egg masala over the rice as the 2nd layer.
4. Put the scrambled layer over the masala followed by the remaining rice.
5. Top this with the saffron flavoured milk, some ghee, some fried onions, finely chooped cilantro and mint leaves.
6. Arrange the hard boiled eggs on the top.
7. Cover with an aluminium foil and seal all sides so that the steam wont be able to escape.
8. Leave it in a 350 degree oven for half an hour. By this time the aroma of the biriyani will fill the house.
(If you are doing the dum on stove top, reduce the flame to the lowest setting and cook for about 20 mintes.)
9. Gently fluff up and mix the rice before serving. This way the masala and scrambled egg will be evenly distributed in the rice.

Serving suggestion
– Serve this biriyani with some raita and any non veg sidedish.
– This tastes delicious with some pickle and potato chips too.
Serves : 4-5

Avoid Adulteration: Switch to Raindrops Basmati Rice

RiceHandThese days there are many reports indicating arsenic adulteration in rice which is being consumed in many countries. But we at Raindrops Basmati Rice produce and disseminate pure and adulteration-free basmati rice to our consumers. In fact our strict quality checking methods have ensured us to become the largest Basmati Rice processing company in the world. This truly shows the faith of the people in Raindrops Basmati Rice.

Still in the view of larger public interest, who are not consuming Raindrops Basmati Rice or do not know the source of their rice, we are suggesting some steps to check the adulteration in your rice.

Rinse Your Rice Thoroughly. Several studies indicate that “thoroughly rinsing rice until the water is clear (four to six changes of water) reduced the total arsenic content by up to approximately 25-30 %.”

Check Your Municipal Water Report. “Make sure your local water supply does not have high levels of arsenic,” says John Duxbury of Cornell University, who studies arsenic and rice. “If you do have high levels, washing can make it worse. But if you are under 10 parts per billion, it should help.”

Cook And Drain Your Rice sort of like pasta. “use about 6 parts water to 1 part rice and then drain off the water after it’s done.” Many reports say that studies show rinsing and cooking in excess water can reduce total arsenic levels by 50 to 60 percent. “However, it should be noted that for enriched rice, rinsing will also likely reduce the amount of added nutrients.

Choose Aromatic Rices. For those who are already fans of Indian basmati or to be more precise Raindrops Basmati Rice, the news is not so bad. According to the hundreds of recently released test results, aromatic rice varieties show the lowest levels of inorganic arsenic. Indian basmati and jasmine rices showed about half to one-eighth the level of arsenic as regular rices grown in the Southern U.S.

Ambassador of Solidarity

1346234402India-Japan-FlagCross Cultural Marriages are really an exciting affair. And especially Intra-Asiatic marriages where marriages are not just a ritual but a celebration where members of both the sides of the groom and bride participate in a generally week long festivities associated with the wedding. But these celebrations turn funny and hilarious when the two sides belong to different countries and subsequent different cultures.

And I witnessed the same in my marriage in which my husband’s side came from japan and we the bride side welcomed them at the epicentre of culture in eastern India – Kolkata.

I and my husband tried our level best to mediate the communication between both the sides but as obvious it was not possible for us to be present with them all the time. Since the wedding day was approaching, we feared a confrontation between the two sides as they couldn’t understand each other nor communicate. But surprisingly nothing of such hostility took place, which was feared by us. And the reason was surprisingly interesting.

Actually it was rice which came to our rescue. Since rice is the staple food of both the countries, both the sides were comfortable and happy at the eating table. Since most of the confrontations take place during the meals at any given wedding, this was easily avoided here due to the similar easiness and acceptability of rice in the main course menu. Japanese were quite happy to know similarity between Indian and their rice cooking methods. In fact both the sides happily exchanged recipes of rice dishes and enjoyed cooking it too. Really, never knew rice can be an international ambassador of solidarity and joy.

Beyond Differences

rice_lead Social intolerance is a big reason for diverse tensions prevailing in modern societies. And it is a major social problem in developing nations especially where number of cast, class, creed and religion co-exist in a given and bounded geographical area. In fact this is a major hindrance in national stability, solidarity and national security.

Due to the same reason various governments, media and civil society organisations undertake many programmes, projects and interventions having an objective of securing solidarity among different communities. Since it is an important work which requires high level of skills and good dissemination of communications and information, interventions sometimes takes years to produce desired effect, since all the programmes designed are area specific.

But Raindrops Basmati Rice goes beyond these interventions in its approach towards attaining a better solidarity among different communities as raindrops basmati rice is the common ground where all the sections of the society, no matter to which caste, class or creed they belong to, meet. child_eating_rice

And it has happened because of the unique taste and fragrance of its rice, that the parent company REI Agro Limited has received love across the world. In fact, the trust of its patrons shows the deliverables of Raindrops Basmati Rice which has made REI Agro Limited World’s Largest Basmati Processing Company.

In a very simple yet powerful manner, Raindrops basmati rice has given an example to explain how solidarity and tolerance can be achieved through love of good food. So keep on eating and serving good food to spread love.

Love Rice? Why So?

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For people crazy about rice, the question, “Why you love rice?” can make their mind come up with equally crazy answers. Ask them any moment and they will flood you with valid to not-so-valid reasons. 

Apart from nutritional values of rice which makes it important for any diet, rice is loved for reasons beyond the obvious ones. We have wholeheartedly charted down a few for you – 

– Rice stores well without requiring costly refrigeration or freezer space.

– Rice is a low-cost ingredient that provides great plate coverage.

– Rice roams the globe. It accommodates all the ethnic flavors — from Thai, Indian, Brazilian, Salvadoran, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish, Turkish cuisines and beyond.

– Rice holds well and takes no special skill to prepare.

– Mastering the techniques of rice cookery can open the door to a rich assortment of dishes that are on trend with today’s global tastes.

– Rice is so versatile; many types can be used interchangeably in your dishes bringing excitement for you and your family.

– You can love rice for no specific reason at all, as true love whatsoever needs no reason. 😉