Fortune Biryani Special Basmati Rice Review – Is It A Good Pick For Biryanis?
Fortune Biryani Special Basmati rice features the ideal length and texture for those festive meals. Read on for more.
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Someone rightly said, “Biryani is not just food, it’s an emotion.”
Be it a luscious mutton biryani or one that is loaded with veggies, the type of rice you use can make or break the entire experience. Not just the taste, but the appearance, aroma, and texture play vital roles too.
Fortune, a brand we commonly associate with oils, also offers varieties of rice grains. Offered in 1 kg pouches and 5 kg bags, we ordered a pouch for our Fortune Biryani Special Basmati rice review.
In addition to an indulgent biryani, we also tasted this rice with a bowl of dal. Should this only be used for preparing biryanis? Let’s find out.
Here’s why we also recommend Kohinoor Dubar Basmati rice.
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Fortune Biryani Special Basmati Rice – What You Need To Know
Everything you need to know about Fortune Biryani Special Basmati rice is discussed in this section.
These rice grains are packed in a vibrant green pouch and a mouthwatering representation of biryani. Since the pouch is not resealable, you must transfer the contents to another container.
Basmati rice is renowned for the floral and nutty flavor it has.
Could these characteristic notes be found in Fortune’s rice? As rice is the base, it holds the power to make or break the final dish. Do we recommend this brand?
Lumpy, mushy, and sticky or khila-khila and fluffy, how was the texture of these rice grains post-cooking? Biryani is always cooked in two parts, does this cooking process impact the texture?
The aroma of rice varies in intensity when checked in the raw stage, during, and post-cooking. That said, Basmati rice has the signature sweet, floral fragrance that it is popular for.
How prominent and inviting is the aroma?
Basmati and biryani rice share one common trait- long-sized grains.
Typically, rice grains that are aged would have an off white/dull appearance as compared to newer bright white grains.
Fortune Biryani Special Basmati rice was…
A 1-kg pouch is priced at Rs 175/-.
7. Shelf Life
These rice grains have a shelf life of 24 months.
Fortune Biryani Special Basmati Rice – Detailed Review
|Fortune Biryani Special Basmati Rice
Fortune Biryani Special Basmati rice is the long-grained variant with a mix of stark white and off-white grains. The grains were quite thick and had a fresh aroma. This thickness ensures the rice is cooked well but still retains that bite.
As suggested by the brand, the rice can be cooked in three ways- open pot, closed pot, and in a microwave. For both stages of our review, we chose the open pot method.
Following the water to rice ratio by Fortune, we soaked a cup of rice in cold water for approximately 20 minutes.
Did you know– soaking rice grains prior to cooking helps eliminate the amylopectin content that may negatively impact the texture.
Making the Biryani-
While the rice was soaking, we mixed some spices with homemade curd and ginger garlic paste for marinating mushrooms.
In a wide mouth pan, we boiled some water, added salt and spices that are commonly used while preparing biryani like star anise, mace, cardamom, clove, and black pepper.
Once the water came to a boil, we added the soaked rice and let it cook for five minutes. At this stage, the rice was 75% cooked and was drained using a sieve. Here, though the rice grains had fluffed up 100%, they weren’t fully cooked.
In the same pot, the marinated mushrooms were cooked until 3/4th done. Then we layered the partially cooked rice followed by a generous sprinkle of biryani masala. This was then topped with caramelized onions sprinkle of milk and some ghee.
On the lowest possible heat setting, we let this cook for another 10 minutes with sealed edges. We let it completely cook through before finally serving hot.
Making steamed rice
Similar to Stage one, we used the open pot cooking method and soaked the rice for the same duration. Once the water came to a boil, we added the soaked and drained rice and let it cook. After six minutes, we drained off the excess water and sprinkled the cooked rice with some salt for taste.
When preparing biryani, the rice grains are cooked twice. Owing to the thickness of these grains, the cooked biryani was on point! The grains had cooked evenly and weren’t sticking to one another, nor were they lumpy. A nice bite was retained. Additionally, the grains had soaked up the flavors quite well.
As for the steamed rice, a floral, nutty aroma made its presence felt. Just like the biryani, the grains had absorbed the salt. Best of all, the already-long rice grains had almost doubled in length after cooking.
- This rice variant is offered in 1 kg pouches and 5 kg bags.
- A 1 kg pouch is priced at Rs 175/-.
- It has a shelf life of 24 months.
- Long grain rice.
- The grains do not stick and have the characteristic khila khila appearance.
- They absorb flavors beautifully.
- In addition to biryani, these grains can be used for serving with dal or curries.
- Although the characteristic aroma of rice is there, it isn’t as prominent as we’d like.
Best Suited For
Fortune Biryani Special Basmati rice is a fairly good choice for every day as well as occasional/festive rice-based dishes.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some interesting FAQs on Fortune biryani special basmati rice.
1. Can this rice be used for preparing pulao?
Yes. Although pulav has a completely different cooking process and traditionally smaller rice grains are used, Fortune Biryani Special Basmati rice can be used.
2. How to add flavor to this basmati rice?
Typically, fats like butter or ghee are added to the water for enhancing richness and flavor. Alternatively, you can add aromatic spices like mace, cinnamon, cloves etc as preferred.
3. Is this food item completely vegetarian?
Yes, these rice grains are completely vegetarian.
4. What is the price of 1 kg pack?
A 1 Kg pack is priced at Rs 175/-.
Mishry recommends Fortune Biryani Special Basmati rice for its long grain length and how well it delivers on parameters like aroma and texture.
The grains absorb flavors really well and are khila khila, just how biryani rice is supposed to be!
What do you pair rice with, veggie, legumes, or protein sources?
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