Rice other than basmati rice is called non- basmati rice. In the world it has been reported that there are 10000 varieties of rice, the maximum number being in India. In fact, basmati rice equals to only 1% production of the total rice grown in India.
Non- basmati rice comes in all kinds of different shapes and sizes. Some are long and slender, some are short and thick, some are like beads, and some may be round. None have the same characteristics as basmati rice. Some names of non basmati rice are shaped like basmati rice and PR, 104 IR8, IR 64, Masuri.
Basmati, meaning ‘Queen of Fragrance’ is a variety of long grain rice, famous for its fragrance and delicate flavour. Basmati rice has been reported in India since the early days of the 19th Century though it may have been named differently. Basmati is a variety of long grain rice which is traditionally from India . Its also called Oryza Sativa . Indian basmati Rice is one of the famous world wide for its quality and aroma.
Nurtured by snow fed rivers, Basmati is without a shadow of doubt the King of all Rices in the world. Its long slender shape and an unmatched fragrance and aroma are reflective of the age old civilization that cultivates it. Basmati is non-glutinous and has a fine, smooth and silky texture. The rice has been favored by emperors and praised by poets for hundreds of years.
THE INDIAN HERITAGE
There are several varieties of basmati rice. 1121 Sella/Steam/Raw, Pusa Sella/Steam/Raw, Sugantha Sella/Steam/Raw, Sharbati Sella/Steam/Raw. Pusa & Sugantha is also called the name of super Kernel Basmati Rice. This rice is different from other rice mainly due to the aroma and elongation post cooking. No other rice has this combined characteristic. The post cooking elongation of more than twice its original length, the aroma and its sweet taste has made basmati rice a delicacy.
Basmati, the highly aromatic rice is nature's gift to the Indian sub-continent and it is India's gift to the whole world. Farmers in the northern parts of the country, at the foot of the Himalayan mountain ranges have been growing this scented rice for centuries. Basmati grown in India, they say, is as great as the land and as old as the civilization itself.The tropical climate and soil prevailing at the foothills of the Himalayas is perfect for Basmati rice cultivation. Basmati from India is a perfect treat for the connoisseurs of sumptuous food, all over the world!
Basmati rice has a typical pandan-like (Pandanus Fascicularis leaf) flavour caused by the aroma compound 2 acetyl-1-pyrroline
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