It’s easy to think that basmati rice is just the same as any ordinary long grain rice, since basmati possesses those same characteristics of having long, white grains. Besides, rice is rice, right? Well the distinct difference actually lies in the smell, taste and texture of basmati, once eaten.
Basmati rice is literally translated as “the fragrant one”, exactly because it emits a fragrance akin to flowers and sun-baked wood. You can in fact fill your house with its wonderful scent, as a bonus, when you cook this type of rice.
Unlike ordinary long grain rice, basmati has a light, fluffy texture. When cooked, the grains remain separate instead of sticky. Basmati has a distinctive and unique nutty flavour that combines exquisitely with any dish. Indians have always preferred this type of rice over any other because of these qualities that serve to greatly enhance the meal experience.
Basmati is also often coined the “supergrain” for its health benefits. It is gluten-free and low in fat. What’s more is that it contains the eight essential amino acids and folic acid. Finally, it is very low in sodium and has no cholesterol. If you’re worried about the health implications of eating rice, we would definitely recommend basmati as your rice of choice.
As mentioned above, you can easily pair basmati with any dish, whether Western or Eastern in flavour. Pair it with roasted chicken, vegetables, steaks or stews, or use it to make a comforting and easy casserole dish for dinner. You may even simply butter it or sprinkle it with dry herbs to add richness, as you combine it with your regular weeknight dish.
And of course, when talking Indian cuisine, basmati would definitely give you that authentic Indian flavour as you transform it into a biryani dish or a decadent dessert, or combine it with various curry and lentil dishes for added taste, texture and fullness.
The possibilities are endless in creating satisfying meals with basmati rice. Regular lunches or dinners are instantly turned into something special with its fragrance and unique taste and texture. So for us, the case is closed. If you want a truly satisfying rice experience with added health benefits, you can never go wrong with basmati.
At Curry Corner, our takeaway and catering menu of authentic home-cooked Indian cuisine uses only basmati rice, to guarantee you the best meal experience you can have. As the first Indian grocery store in Melbourne, we have been catering to Indian food needs for generations and continue to offer you a cultural food experience that you’ll keep coming back for. Visit our store or browse through our website to see our Indian food products and hot food takeaway menu.
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