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.