Basmati Rice

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Basmati is a variety of long grain rice, famous for its fragrance and delicate flavour. Its name means “Queen of Fragrance” in Hindi.
Basmati rice has been cultivated in the Indian subcontinent for hundreds of years. The Himalayan foothills are said to produce the best basmati. Although all Basmati Varieties are fragrant rice of highest quality, commercially, The Super Basmati, a premium variety from Pakistan and Dehra Dun from India, are the most prized of the basmati varieties.

Description

Basmati is a variety of long grain rice, famous for its fragrance and delicate flavour. Its name means “Queen of Fragrance” in Hindi.
Basmati rice has been cultivated in the Indian subcontinent for hundreds of years. The Himalayan foothills are said to produce the best basmati. Although all Basmati Varieties are fragrant rice of highest quality, commercially, The Super Basmati, a premium variety from Pakistan and Dehra Dun from India, are the most prized of the basmati varieties. Patna rice is a close cousin of basmati rice grown around Patna in Bihar. The best types of basmati rice are aged for several years before they are milled and sold, as rice cooks better with a lower moisture content. Basmati Rice is nature’s exclusive gift to the Indian sub-continent. No other rice in the world has this combined characteristic of exquisite aroma, sweet taste and the post cooking elongation. Basmati rice has been known to the world since the early days of the 19th Century though the British and the Portuguese and for a millennium and more it’s known to the Gulf, the Mediterranean and up to Greece.

Specification


  HBC 19 Bas 370/Type 3 Pusa Basmati Indian Super Pusa 1121 Sharbati
Kernels            
Length of rice(mm):            
Brown 7.50 6.90 7.70 7.45 8.60 7.25
Milled 7.20 6.70 7.35 7.15 8.10 6.95
Breadth of rice(mm)            
Brown 1.80 1.82 1.75 1.76 1.83 1.72
Milled 1.75 1.77 1.70 1.72 1.78 1.68
Cooked Rice            
Elongation Ratio (Minimum) 1.85 1.85 1.95 1.85 2.25 1.45 Maximum
Amylose Content % 22-24 22-24 26-28 22-24 26-32 21-25 Intermediate
Aroma Strong Strong Moderate Moderate Moderate

Uses

BASMATI IS A HEALTHY ‘SUPERGRAIN’

Basmati is gluten-free and low in fat. It contains all eight essential amino acids, folic acid, and is very low in sodium and has no cholesterol.

Basmati has a low to medium glycaemic index, meaning that energy is released at a slower, steadier rate leading to a more balanced level of energy.

BASMATI IS A TASTE SENSATION

Unlike ordinary long grain rice the light, fluffy texture of Basmati’s long, slender grains offers the palate a totally different experience in terms of mouth-feel and taste – distinctive, unique and slightly ‘nutty’.

BASMATI HAS A WONDERFUL AROMA

Literally translated as ‘the fragrant one’, Basmati has been described as having the aroma of sun-baked wood and flowers