Basmati rice originated in North India and Pakistan. Today it remains not only an important part of various Indian and Pakistani cuisine, but is also used extensively around the globe in Persian and Middle Eastern Cuisines and also more recently in the Western diet.
Literally translated as ‘the fragrant one’, Basmati rice has been described as having the aroma of sun-baked wood and flowers. The name basmati comes from the two Hindi words ‘bas’ meaning ‘fragrant’ and ‘mati’ meaning ‘full of’ and it certainly lives up to it’s description. It’s gorgeous aroma and delicious nutty flavour have made it one of the most popular rices used in Asian cuisine.
Basmati rice differs in appearance from other rices due to its exceptionally long and slender shape and is traditionally served alongside curries, dahls and stir frys. It can also be used to make a delicious fried rice or simple rice salad.
Try adding a 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder to your basmati rice (1/4 tsp to 1 cup rice) whilst cooking and then serve as a side dish with sprinkled roasted & chopped almonds and fresh coriander.
Interesting facts about rice:
There are more than 40,000 different varieties of rice, however, only around 10% are grown commercially.
It takes approximately 5,000 liters of water to produce just 1 kilo of rice — enough to fill up half of a small swimming pool!
Country of Origin
Product of India
Basmati rice contains all eight essential amino acids, folic acid, is very low in sodium and has no cholesterol. Basmati has a low to medium glycemic index, meaning that energy is released at a slower, steadier rate leading to a more balanced level of energy.
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|Nutritional Information – Basmati Rice|
|Fat, Total (g)||0.39|
|– Fat, Saturated (g)||0.0|
|Carbohydrate, Total (g)||79.04|
|Dietary Fibre (g)||12.77|
*All measurements are approximate and should be used as a guide only. Affordable Wholefoods is not liable for any discrepancy.
100% Basmati rice
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