How to buy and store Basmati rice is a question asked as basmati is a favorite of many people.
Basmati rice is grown mainly in India and Pakistan and is consumed all over the
Basmati is sold under many brand names such as Kohinoor, Dawat, Tilda, Dehra Dun, Pari etc. Basmati 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
Basmati 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.
Make sure it is aged/ old rice. Check the label or ask your grocer. Generally at least a year old rice is used.
The new rice will become sticky when you
cook. Many people buy new rice as it is cheaper and store it for a year or two and then use it.
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.
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.