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Here at Spekko, we love cooking up a storm. There’s nothing we love more than food and we believe in keeping it fun, fresh and flavourful. The kitchen is definitely our playground. This is the place where family and friends come together with a hearty appetite for life and a taste for adventure.

There’s only one rule – don’t do boring! In our beautiful country we have an abundance and a variety of ingredients that are loved by our diverse communities. Seek out different ingredients and try out new recipes. It’s time to spice up your cooking! And the perfect place to start is with Spekko’s five world-renowned rice variants – after all, rice doesn’t get better than this.

Spekko’s fabulous five

We have four speciality rice variants plus our beloved everyday rice – Spekko Long Grain Parboiled Rice – all of them ncompromising in their quality and flavour and each in its own right crowned as amongst the very best rice variants in the world.

It is absolutely true that world renowned brands and producers are partnering with us.

On that proud note – all of our rice is non-GMO and naturally gluten free. We also NEVER mix various quality rice variants in one pack.

The Original

Spekko Long Grain Parboiled Rice

This is your everyday rice and the best quality rice available in South Africa. It is grown in Thailand and comes from the same supplier as the world champion Royal Umbrella brand.

Parboiled rice is not pre-cooked rice. Both parboiled and white rice are milled and polished. However, parboiled rice is first soaked, steamed and dried before being de-husked. This steaming process allows the rice kernels to absorb nutrients from the husk, which might be lost if the rice is just de-husked and polished as with white rice.

As a result, parboiled grains are also firmer and less sticky than normal white rice. Parboiled rice also takes a little longer to cook than white rice, but is in general more nutritious.

Spekko always cooks up loose, fluffy and delicious and proudly carries the LOW GI logo, which is not normally the case for Parboiled rice.

To see how to cook Spekko Long Grain Parboiled Rice click on the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQeGXlSe1Go

For Recipe ideas click here.

The Specialities

Spekko Saman Brown Rice

Spekko Saman Brown Rice

Saman Brown Rice is also a top rice variant in its class, is from the leading rice supplier in Latin America and sourced from 300 top growers in the Americas.

Brown rice is a whole-grain rice with just the inedible outer husk removed. White rice is the same grain with the husk, bran layer and cereal germ removed. Brown rice is therefore more nutritious and contains more fibre.

Spekko Saman Brown Rice is classified as Low GI and takes slightly longer to cook than other varieties. It is a delicious, chewy ingredient for salads and stir-fries.

To see how to cook Spekko Saman brown Rice click on the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9o0HUYdSQ_U

For Recipe ideas click here.

Spekko Royal Umbrella Jasmine Rice

Spekko Royal Umbrella Jasmine Rice

Thailand’s Royal Umbrella Jasmine Rice has been consistently voted the top rice in the world by the International Rice Growers Association. This is why we chose to partner with them to bring Spekko Royal Umbrella Jasmine Rice to the local market and into your kitchen.

Spekko Royal Umbrella Jasmine Rice Jasmine Rice is named after the fragrance and pure whiteness of the jasmine flower. It has a beautiful aroma, soft and fluffy texture and wholesome taste of goodness. Royal Umbrella is not ‘artificially perfumed or flavoured’ as some of the jasmine rice one can find here in SA. This sticky rice goes well with any Thai or Oriental dishes and is great as an ingredient in desserts and bakes.

To see how to cook Spekko Royal Umbrella Jasmine Rice click on the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DHAlDkb-2A

For Recipe ideas click here.

Spekko Saman White Rice

Spekko Saman White Rice

Saman White is a top rice variant in its class and is from the leading rice supplier in Latin America. Saman sources their rice from 300 top growers in the Americas.

Spekko Saman White Rice has a snow-white colour and a soft, sticky texture when cooked. Non-parboiled, milled and polished, it is the perfect partner to hearty stews and is often used in desserts and salads.

To see how to cook Spekko Saman White Rice click on the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tp8wjKX4jjI

For Recipe ideas click here.

Spekko India Gate Basmati Rice

Spekko India Gate Basmati Rice

Spekko is proud to partner with The India Gate Basmati rice brand, which was voted best Basmati Rice in India in 2019. Spekko’s India Gate Basmati is farmed in the foothills of the Himalayas and is matured for at least 12 months before packing.

Basmati is like a good Whiskey, the more matured, the better the fragrance.

It also carries the Basmati Mark, a DNA-fingerprinting-based certification done by the laboratory of Basmati Export Development Foundation. This means it is pure, unaltered Basmati rice. The kernels are all the same size, there are no traces or look-alike Basmati grains of other variants in any pack.

Basmati rice is known as the ‘King of rice’ and a quality Basmati has a strong natural aroma and exceptionally long, fine kernels which double in length, which is a characteristic of true Basmati vs ‘look-alike’ Basmati rice. It also becomes loose and fluffy when cooked. This flavourful and fragrant rice is amazing served with Middle Eastern or Indian dishes such as curries, biryanis and one-pot rice dishes.

Spekko India Gate Basmati Rice is classified as Low GI, which is not normally the case for Basmati Rice.

To see how to cook Spekko India Gate Basmati Rice click on the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-piYoHDr_2s

For Recipe ideas click here.