How to buy and store Basmati rice

How to buy and store Basmati rice is a question asked as basmati is a favorite of many people. It is grown mainly in India and Pakistan and is consumed all over the world.

Basmati is sold under many brand names such as Kohinoor, Dawat, Tilda, Dehra Dun, Pari etc. It is long grain rice and cooks fast.

Though it is a bit expensive compared to the other varieties of rice, it is in demand for it's delicate flavor and wonderful taste.

It is available in white and brown rice varieties.

White basmati is used more commonly and has more flavor.

Brown basmati is used by health conscience people. The brown rice variety is the unprocessed, unpolished variety which contains more fiber and the nutrients. Brown rice takes longer time to cook compared to white rice.

The specialty of Basmati-rice is the wonderful delicate flavor and the fragrance. It is non sticky when each grain is just cooked and looks fluffy. It is used in vegetarian as well as non-vegetarian rice recipes.

Whether consumed as plain steamed rice or mixed with vegetables and spices and cooked, it looks appetizing and tastes yummy. Though it is a bit expensive compared to other rice varieties, it is worth it.

How to buy basmati rice

Make sure it is aged/ old rice. Check the label or ask your grocer. The new rice will become sticky when you cook.

Make sure it is long grained and does not contain too many broken grains.

Rice should be free from stones and other unwanted things. You may need to separate those things before you cook rice.

How to store basmati-rice

Store rice in a dry and cool place. Put it in a container with a tight lid. Rice should be stored away from moisture and open air. Rice will get moldy if exposed to moisture.

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