November 4, 2006
Now I’ve heard it all. Tilda, the bastions of basmati rice, have published a nifty guide to the additive-ridden sludge served in curry houses across Britain.
If you’ve ever wondered, there are 90,000 curry houses in the UK that dish out 23 million chicken tikka masala portions each year. The guide is also a tribute to, er, rice, which is the ultimate accompaniment to Indian food.
According to Tilda, 125gms is the perfect rice amount for two people and the word basmati literally translates to “the fragrant one”.
Hats off to Tilda Basmati for creating yet another thinly-veiled PR toy for promoting its “pioneering rice recipe innovations”. But wait, there’s a catch. They’ve sponsored it, but like all good things in life it’s not free. Oh no… this little wonder is available at the bargain basement price of £9.99 at leading bookstores.
Anyway. Here’s my tribute to rice. It rocks. It’s easy to cook, cheap and filling. And there really is no better accompaniment to a curry. A perfectly shaped chapati (roti), lovingly served hot off the tawa, comes a close second.