Fragrant Samba Rice

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Appears in
Hidden Kitchens of Sri Lanka

By Bree Hutchins

Published 2013

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Samba rice is a tiny short-grain rice grown in Sri Lanka; it has a distinct taste and slightly pungent aroma. Although it’s said to be an acquired taste, preferred mainly by locals, I really enjoyed it. It is quite a starchy rice, so you need to wash it a little longer than other types, but don’t worry if the water doesn’t go completely clear. Infusing the rice with spices and a little ghee dissipates its pungent aroma and adds a subtle flavour that complements the rich flavours of any curr