I also use brown basmati, and one time I got 5 lbs of brown jasmine, and it tasted and smelled like the brown basmati, but was sticky, as the white is. Both are sort of nutty, and neither of the brown rices have the aroma that the white varieties have - good, but not the same.I use brown basmati and to us it smells like popcorn which we like. We both like it. I've never tried jasmine rice!
Can you find brown sushi rice? I think that or some other brown short grain rice would work better.
You assumed the scent had been added. Was it?The last time I had jasmine rice, it was brown jasmine rice and it was the 1970s. I found the flavour and scent extremely floral, perfumey. I just looked up jasmine rice on Wikipedia and jasmine rice is a scented rice, the same way that basmati is a scented rice. I always assumed that the scent had been added to the rice. I did not like it at all. I will have to give it a try, now, half a century later and see what I think. Of course, being me, I will need to find brown jasmine rice again. I have to wonder if the stuff I had back in the 1970s had had scent added.
So, I would have to say that I prefer basmati, but I only buy brown basmati. It has a lovely flavour and cooks up so easily. It's not as fast as white rice, but it is faster than other brown rice and I have on occasion accidentally cooked it as much as two hours too long and it was still fine. Okay, it was a little crusty on the bottom, but that is yummy and hard to achieve intentionally.
I have no way of finding out now, if it was real jasmine rice or some brown rice with a scent added. I don't remember what store I bought it at (probably a health food store). I know I was living in Montréal at the time, but I don't remember if it was the first apartment I lived in or the second apartment. It was a very long time ago.You assumed the scent had been added. Was it?
This wasn't being marketed to the ethnic market. This was being marketed to hippies. It really wouldn't surprise me if they added scent to the batches being sold to hippies. Lots of stuff in health food stores was questionable back then, e.g., so-called organic vegis were just regular veg sold at an inflated price. So-called organic peanut butter, had extra oil added to the top to make it look "more natural". Both of those things and more were discovered and reported on by some Canadian TV network, probably CBC, maybe on Marketplace.taxy, I don't think the rice(s) were scented. I know that back in the 70's people thought they were. I believe that this was because people were only just beginning to experiment with different foods and cultures. They could not quite believe the scents they were smelling was natural and so assumed, wrongly, that it was added.
But fi you think about it, it doesn't make sense. The effort to scent Jasmine or Basmati, which only had a market with some of the Asian communities, would have been too much. Most of the peoples here and Europe used what is commonly called 'white rice'.
I've not been able to find any references to it actually happening.