Basmati Rice

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Basmati Rice

Basmati Rice is a classic Indian rice. Basmati rice is long-grained, tasting sweet and fragrant. Basmati rice is the rice for spicy curries, but also ideal for stuffings and rice salads. While brown basmati rice is sold, the bran does give it a nutty flavour rather than the desired sweet fragrance, so use the white basmati. A bay leaf or two adds a complementary bitterness to basmati and is worth trying.

To cook basmati rice:

Use the absorption method, with 1:1 for white basmati rice, 2:1 for brown basmati rice

Further reading

  • Christian, G. (2005) Real Flavours: the handbook of gourmet & deli ingredients, Grub Street. ISBN 1904943209.
  • Stobart, T. (1981) The Cook's Encyclopedia: ingredients & processes, Harper & Row. ISBN 0060141271.